ASTR 100 (Veilleux)
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Homework #2 (20 Points) Due Friday Feb. 15

Start this homework by reading the "How to Study With This Book" and "Astronomy on the Internet" sections of the Preface. Then finish reading the Introduction and the first several sections of Chapter 1. Be sure to try the "Test Yourself" Questions at the end of each chapter (answers are on page 551) - this is a great way to see if you are absorbing the material. It is also an excellent way to practice for the exams, which will include multiple choice questions similar to these ones. I recommend doing this throughout the semester for each of the chapters that we cover.

Now you should be easily able to work the following questions and problems. Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Introduction (Page 13)
9
-
1, 7
Chapter 1 (Page 56)
10, 14
4, 5
1, 4
Essay 1 (Page 69)
1
-
-

Extra Credit (2 Points): Go to the class web page and explore the link Computer Programs located just below "Material to Help You Out". Use the "Astronomical Distances" program to help check your answer for P7 from the Introduction. How fast can you make the spaceship travel? How quickly can you get to the nearest star?

Homework #3 (20 Points) Due Monday Feb. 25

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 2 (Page 92)
-
2
1, 4, 5
Chapter 5 (Page 175)
1, 3, 8, 11
4, 7
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Go to the Computer Programs link from the main class web page (under Material to Help You out). Run the "Scientific Notation" program until you are sure that you can do this type of problem in your sleep (or on a midterm!). What happens when you get a problem right? Do the same for the "Working with Equations" program. If you have trouble doing either of these problems, be sure to talk to your TA about it. These are the ONLY type of math problems that I will ask you to do on a test.

Homework #4 (20 Points) Due Wednesday Mar. 6

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 6 (Page 209)
10, 11
4, 5
-
Chapter 7 (Page 239)
5, 8
-
-
Chapter 8 (Page 271)
15, 17, 18
5
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Go to the Supplementary Information link from the main class web page (under Material to Help You out). Pick a few sections, look through the material, and try at least one quiz. This is an excellent way to start studying for a midterm! Tell me which section(s) you looked at, and how many questions you got right and wrong. If you answered any questions wrong, be sure to read the corrected quiz carefully!

Homework #5 (20 Points) Due Monday Mar. 18

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 9 (Page 297)
2, 3, 6, 11
4
-
Chapter 10 (Page 320)
1, 5, 9, 13, 17
-
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Follow one of the SOLAR SYSTEM links from the main class web page (under Material to Help You out). Explore some of the sublinks, and write a paragraph summarizing what you find, and a paragraph describing what you learned (Use your own words!)

Homework #6 (20 Points) Due Wednesday Apr. 10

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 3 (Page 117)
5
5, 6, 9
5
Chapter 4 (Page 142)
-
1
1
Chapter 11 (Page 351)
5, 13
4
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Feeling stressed? Slam some asteroids and comets into the Earth and see what happens on the "Solar System Collisions" webpage (Follow the Computer Programs link). Describe what happens -- and how often -- for asteroids of several different sizes (small, medium, large, HUGE!). Imagine a rocky asteroid moving at 20 km/s, how big does it have to be to create a magnitude 9.5 earthquake?

Homework #7 (20 Points) Due Monday Apr. 22

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 12 (Page 386)
4, 10, 14
2
3, 11
Chapter 13 (Page 415)
10, 14, 21
2
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Follow one of the STARS & OUR GALAXY links from the main class web page (under Material to Help You out). Explore some of the sublinks, and write a paragraph summarizing what you find, and a paragraph describing what you learned (Use your own words!)

Homework #8 (20 Points) Due Friday May 10

Chapter
Questions for Review
Thought Questions
Problems
Chapter 14 (Page 436)
1, 6
2
-
Chapter 15 (Page 475)
3
-
-
Chapter 16 (Page 509)
10, 19
2
-
Chapter 17 (Page 535)
1, 5, 16
-
-

Extra Credit (4 Points): Follow one of the OTHER GALAXIES links from the main class web page (under Material to Help You out). Explore some of the sublinks, and write a paragraph summarizing what you find, and a paragraph describing what you learned (Use your own words!)


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