my Grade Right Now?
Final Exam: Monday December
15 from 10:30am - 12:30pm in CSS 2400.
Review for Final: Friday December 12 from 5pm -
7pm in CSS 2400. Study Questions.
All Extra Credit due Friday December 12.
Astronomy Department's Course Description
- Required Textbooks
- Cosmic Catastrophes by Chapman and Morrison
- Colliding Galaxies by Parker
- Prof's Office Hours (in CSS 1245):
- Monday and Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm or by appointment
- TA's Office Hours (in CSS 0204):
- Monday and Thursday, 4:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment
Computer Programs for use in ASTR220
Extra Credit Assignments
- Earn up to 6 extra credit points by attending an Astronomy Open
House. Write a 2 page essay (due during the week following the
Open House) which summarizes the speaker's presentation (include
speaker's name and title of the talk) and describe what you saw using
the telescopes. If it is clear, describe and sketch the objects you
saw. If it is cloudy, describe the telescopes that were shown to you.
- Read the Terrapin Reading Society's 1997-98 book
War of the
Worlds. (I heard that copies are available in the bookstore for
$1). Join in the campus wide email discussion (see above link) and
write a 1-2 page essay summarizing the differences in the way Mars is
envisioned in the story and what we have learned from Mars Pathfinder and Global
Surveyor. (Earn up to 8 extra credit points)
- On Homework #2, earn 2 extra credit points by following another
of the links below and summarizing what you find. Tell me what you
learned, and any questions that you have that the site did not answer.
- On Homework #4, earn 2 extra credit points by following one of
the Galaxy links below (and some of its links) and summarizing what
you find. Tell me what you learned, and any questions that you have
that the site did not answer.
Material to Help You Out
Philosophy and the Scientific Method What is science? Is
science worthwhile? How do we know what we claim to know? Can we ever
"prove" a scientific theory? Is science really an unbiased process?
STARS & OUR GALAXY
- A Tour of the Solar
System This page contains information about the planets,
satellites, asteroids, comets, and Solar System related topics.
- Comet Information This
page contains information about recently discovered comets.
This page contains information about this program which searches for
near Earth objects.
Extinction This page contains very elementary information
regarding the asteroid impact theory explaining dinosaur extinctions.
More Information on Dinosaurs This page contains general
information on dinosaurs.
More Information on Mass Extinctions This page contains
information on the Impact Hypothesis for the extinction of the
Chixulub Crater This page contains general information on the
Chixulub Crater and a color image constructed from gravity anomolies.
New Studies on Chixulub This page contains information on new
research studies at the Chixulub site.
Hazard This page contains information on the hazard posed by the
impact of an asteroid or comet.
Catastrophism This page contains information on all kinds of
catastrophes, especially impacts. Most of these links are sources of
reliable information; however, there are some sites that should be
looked at with a skeptical eye.
- Hubble Space Telescope
This page contains the latest pictures and scientific results from
HST, the Hubble Space Telescope.
Relativity Everything that you want to know about General
Relativity, curved spacetime, and gravitational radiation!
Cosmology How did the Universe begin? How will it end?
Large Scale Structure Clusters & Superclusters of Galaxies. What
do they look like?
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