ASTRONOMY 103 Fall 2006
URGENT MATERIAL:All the things we realize we forgot to tell you in class, updates, etc. will be posted HERE.
Friday afternoon December 22
Grades for the 11:00 lecture class have been submitted, and should be posted overnight.
Grades for the 9:55 lecture class have been delayed by flu -- hopefully over the weekend.
1 meter = 1000mm (millimeters) or 1,000,000 microns or 1,000,000,000nm (nanometers, as in 'nanotech')
Final exam review sessions:
- Sunday, December 17, 2-3 PM (led by Alex)
3425 Sterling (our regular classroom)
- Monday, December 18, 6-7 PM (led by Katie)
2241 Chamberlin (NOT our regular classroom)
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND SYLLABUS:
OFFICE HOURS:Course Professor: Linda Sparke (sparke at astro-wisc-edu)
6217 Chamberlin (over the bridge and up the stairs)
MW 1:20pm to 2:30pm
Lecture 1 (9:55) TA: Katie Kern: (katie at astro-wisc-edu)
4559 Sterling (past the elevator, turn right and follow the back hallway)
Mon 11:00 -- 12:00 noon
Tue 2:30 -- 4:00pm
Wed 1:30 -- 3:00pm
thuRs 11:00 -- 12:00noon
Fri 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Lecture 3 (11:00) TA: Alex Hill: (hill at astro-wisc-edu)
4534B Sterling (past the elevator, to the end of the hall and through the kitchen)
thuRs 8:30 -- 9:20am
Fri 12:30 -- 1:30 pm
Exam week office hours:
Sunday, Dec. 17: 3 -- 4 pm
Monday, Dec. 18: 10am -- 12noon
Tuesday, Dec. 19: 9 -- 10am
EXAMS:MIDTERM EXAMS: If you miss an exam because you are sick, you must phone the department office (262-3071) or Prof. Sparke (262-0309) ON OR BEFORE the day of the test, and explain why.
The 6-week exam will be on
Monday October 9 in class. It will be
multiple-choice, with 50 questions of equal weight.
No points deducted for wrong answers.
Approximate grading curve for the 6 week test: this will be your 6-week grade.
A: 39 or over
B: 34 to 37
C: 28 to 32
D: 23 to 27
F: 22 or below
The 12-week exam will be on Monday November 20
in class. It will have the same format as the 6-week exam,
covering material since that test.
Approximate grading curve for the 12 week test:
A: 41 or over
B: 36 to 39
C: 34 to 30
D: 20 to 29
F: 19 or below
FINAL EXAM: on the whole course, but with
more questions on the topics we didn't cover before the 12-week test.
This will be in 2103 Chamberlin, one of the large Physics rooms; NOT in our normal classroom
You may bring in anything written on ONE sheet of coho-salmon paper (handed out in lecture or from your TA) as a "cheat sheet". NO other kinds of paper!!
Multiple-choice, with about 100 questions in the 2-hour exam period.
Lecture 1: Thursday 21 December 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Lecture 3: Tuesday 19 December 12:25pm to 2:25pm
HONORS students:For honors credit, you need to do a paper or an observing project. We'll get together at 10:50 between the two classes on Wednesday September 13 to figure that out.
HOMEWORK: pdf files hereBut you need to turn in your homework on paper, because we have to grade it on paper!
In Table B.2 for Jupiter: the 'semi-major axis' is (almost) the radius of the orbit around the Sun; how many times larger is Jupiter's orbit than the Earth's?
Sky map to help you find Cygnus for Homework 2
Makeup observing lab is at the top of the page: extension till November 20 because of cloudy weather
BUG: the answer to 3c is 260Myr, not 280Myr
Equation sheet prepared by Katie: Download PDF
MATERIAL FROM CLASSES:MATH REVIEW: Friday September 8, 1:20pm to 3:15pm in 3425 Sterling. Drop in if you have any misgivings about the math from the first class.
6-week exam: Monday October 9
(Lecture summary notes -- PDF)
12-week exam: Monday November 20 Review sheet with sample questions
Yes we do have class on Wednesday November 22. But no discussion sections this week.
A CHANCE TO LOOK THROUGH A TELESCOPE:We don't require you to look through a telescope in this course, but it's a good thing to do. When the sky is CLEAR (!), the telescope is open on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 9-11pm before daylight time ends, and 7-9pm after that.
WARNING: there are no restrooms in the telescope building!
If you'd like to know what's up in the sky, download `Eyes on the Skies' from the sidebar on the Space Place website.
Some astronomy LINKS: