ASTR 101 (Veilleux)
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Homework #1 (10 Points) due Tuesday, September 12

Before starting this homework, please read Chapters 1 and 2. Be sure to try the "Quick Quiz" at the end of each chapter - 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 some multiple choice questions eerily similar to these ones. I recommend doing this for each of the chapters as you read them and again before exams. Now you should be easily able to work the following "Short-Answer / Essay Questions" (chapter, page, and question numbers are from the book's 2nd Edition). Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!

Chapter
Page Number
Question Number
Ch. 1
p. 17
#18 (Light-Minute)
Ch. 2
p. 35
#15 (New Planet)
Ch. 2
p. 35
#17 (View from the Sun)
Ch. 2
p. 35
#18 (View from the Moon)
Ch. 2
p. 35
#19 (A Farther Moon)

Extra Credit (2 Points): Go to the Astronomical Programs link on the main class web page (under Useful Links - GENERAL). 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. Print out a couple of your answers to get the extra credit.

Homework #2 (10 Points) due Thursday, September 28

Before starting this homework, please read Chapters 3 and 4. Be sure to try the "Quick Quiz" at the end of each chapter - 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 some multiple choice questions eerily similar to these ones. I recommend doing this for each of the chapters as you read them and again before exams. Now you should be easily able to work the following "Short-Answer / Essay Questions" (chapter, page, and question numbers are from the book's 2nd Edition). Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!
Chapter
Page Number
Question Number
Ch. 3
p. 53
#19 (A Flat Earth)
Ch. 3
p. 53
#20 (The Universal Law of Gravitation)
Ch. 3
p. 53
#22 (Halley's Orbit)
Ch. 4
p. 74
#14 (Patterns of Motion)
Ch. 4
p. 74
#20 (Understanding Radiometric Dating)

Extra Credit (2 points): Follow one of the SOLAR SYSTEM links from the main class web page (under Useful Links - SOLAR SYSTEM). 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 #3 (10 Points) due Tuesday, October 17

Before starting this homework, please read Chapters 5 and 6. Be sure to try the "Quick Quiz" at the end of each chapter - 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 some multiple choice questions eerily similar to these ones. I recommend doing this for each of the chapters as you read them and again before exams. Now you should be easily able to work the following "Short-Answer / Essay Questions" (chapter, page, and question numbers are from the book's 2nd Edition). Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!
Chapter
Page Number
Question Number
Ch. 5
p. 94
#13 (Miniature Mars)
Ch. 5
p. 94
#22 (Internal vs External Heating)
Ch. 5
p. 94
#23 (Plate Tectonics)
Ch. 6
p. 112
#16 (Asteroids vs Comets)
Ch. 6
p. 112
#20 (Adding up Asteroids)

Extra Credit (2 points): Feeling stressed? Slam some asteroids and comets into the Earth and see what happens on the "Solar System Collisions" webpage (Follow the Astronomical 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 9.0 earthquake?

Homework #4 (10 Points) due Tuesday, November 7

Before starting this homework, please read Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Be sure to try the "Quick Quiz" at the end of each chapter - 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 some multiple choice questions eerily similar to these ones. I recommend doing this for each of the chapters as you read them and again before exams. Now you should be easily able to work the following "Short-Answer / Essay Questions" (chapter, page, and question numbers are from the book's 2nd Edition). Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!
Chapter
Page Number
Question Number
Ch. 7
p. 127
#19 (Planet Around 51 Pegasi)
Ch. 7
p. 127
#20 (Doppler Calculations)
Ch. 8
p. 145
#18 (Parallax from Jupiter)
Ch. 8
p. 145
#21 (The Lifetime of the Sun)
Ch. 9
p. 165
#18 (Supernova Betelgeuse)

Extra Credit (2 points): Go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day link from the main class web page (under Useful Links - GENERAL). Describe in a few sentences the image displayed on this website. Make sure to tell us on which day you looked at the website.

Homework #5 (10 Points) due Tuesday, November 28

Before starting this homework, please read Chapters 10 and 11. Be sure to try the "Quick Quiz" at the end of each chapter - 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 some multiple choice questions eerily similar to these ones. I recommend doing this for each of the chapters as you read them and again before exams. Now you should be easily able to work the following "Short-Answer / Essay Questions" (chapter, page, and question numbers are from the book's 2nd Edition). Always put your name and section number at the top of your homework!
Chapter
Page Number
Question Number
Ch. 10
p. 181
#20 (Neutron Star Density)
Ch. 11
p. 197
#14 (Future of the Milky Way)
Ch. 11
p. 197
#17 (Unenriched Stars)
Ch. 11
p. 197
#21 (Black Holes in Other Galaxies)
Ch. 11
p. 197
#22 (Weighing Supermassive Black Holes)

Extra Credit (2 points): Follow one of the STARS & STELLAR REMNANTS links from the main class web page (under Useful Links - STARS & STELLAR REMNANTS). Explore some of the sublinks, and write a paragraph summarizing what you find, and a paragraph describing what you learned (Use your own words!)

Extra Credit (2 points): Follow one of the GALAXIES links from the main class web page (under Useful Links - GALAXIES). Explore some of the sublinks, and write a paragraph summarizing what you find, and a paragraph describing what you learned (Use your own words!)


Click "Reload" to get the most up to date version of this page.