PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Welcome to Introduction to Astronomy!
PSC 101 – Introduction to Astronomy
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor, Physical Sciences and Engineering
PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: NM231 along with the course designation (PSC 101) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the spring 2006 semester.
WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson
OFFICE HOURS: W 4-5pm, TTh 1:00-3:00pm, by appointment all other times
This course is designed to give you a working knowledge of the vast and magnificent universe in which you live. It will be illustrative not only of the myriad of wonders that exist in the cosmos, but also of the scientific principles which govern nature. Only on a very few occasions will mathematics of any sort be used in this course.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to
Analyze the scientific method and how it has been used in astronomy.
Evaluate historical development of models of the solar system and universe and the achievements which have led to our modern perception.
Appraise the tools and methods which astronomers use, and the ways in which astronomical information is obtained, including the nature and properties of light.
Compare and contrast worlds of the solar system, analyze and interpret the uniform processes that they undergo.
Discuss mechanisms of stellar astronomy, especially stellar evolution.
Describe aspects of galactic astronomy and the extrastellar environment.
Explain our current models of the birth and evolution of the universe and solar system.
Explorations: An Introduction to Astronomy 4th Edition. Arny, Thomas T. McGraw-Hill. (2005/2006).
OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
Handouts on material not covered in the required textbook to be distributed in class throughout the semester.
OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:
As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework (reading assignments). Please allot sufficient time for homework.
Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:
Out-of-class projects worth a total of 10% of your grade.
A set of quizzes that are worth a total of 30% of the grade.
MidTerm Exam that is cumulative. This exam is worth 30% of the grade.
Final Exam that is cumulative stressing the second half of the semester. This exam is worth 30% of the grade.
HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED
Homework is due at the start of class (or before) except for in-class projects.
Make-up homework, quizzes, and/or tests are up to the discretion of the teacher (excused absences only).
New topics are to be covered each week and include but are not limited to the following subjects. This outline is subject to change.
Week 1 Introduction;
Week 2 Nature of Light; Special Relativity
Week 3 Telescopes; Spectra; Doppler Shift
Week 4 The Celestial Sphere; Astronomy in Antiquity
Week 5 Geocentric vs. Heliocentric Model; Copernicus, Galileo
Week 6 Tycho, Kepler's Laws
Week 7 Newton's Laws of Motion, Gravity
Week 8 Orbits and Free Fall; Origins of the Solar System; Earth:Interior
Week 9 Earth: Atmosphere, Seasons
Week 10 Moon: Eclipses, Geology, Impacts, Origin
Week 11 Mercury, Venus, Mars
Week 12 Outer Planets; Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets
Week 13 Stars
Week 14 Stellar Evolution; Galaxies
Week 15 Cosmology
Reading.assignments are as follows: Read the book.
Tests will be announced a week before and will depend on our progress in the classroom.
The Blackboard Login Procedure Has Changed For ALL Students
HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD (note these class does not use blackboard)
Blackboard is a web-based program that serves as the college’s online classroom. You will use Blackboard to communicate with your instructor, to see your course materials, to submit assignments and to discuss course ideas with your classmates.
To login to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:
Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard web site which is located at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. NOTE: There is no “www” in the Blackboard address.
ALL STUDENTS must use their myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard. The Blackboard account login information has changed for students. You will not be able to login using your “old” Blackboard username and password
If you do not have a myPGCC account, you will need to create one:
Go to http://my.pgcc.edu to create a myPGCC account. You will use your myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard.
If you already have a myPGCC account, reset your password, if necessary:
The first time you access Blackboard using your myPGCC account, you must change your myPGCC password to access Blackboard. When you change your myPGCC password, the Blackboard system is updated with the myPGCC account information.
Go to http://my.pgcc.edu to reset your myPGCC password. Blackboard will be updated 1-2 minutes after you reset your password.
Once you have your myPGCC account information, type it in the Blackboard login box at the http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. (Write down your account information so you can refer to it if you forget.)
If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard “Welcome” screen. In the box labeled “My Courses”, you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.
Food and drink in limited quantities (snacks, not meals) are permitted in restricted areas (not near electronics) and will be revoked if proper cleanliness is found wanting.
Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).
Common courtesy is to apply at all times.
Last day to apply for spring graduation Wednesday, February 15
Presidents' Day - College Closed, No Class Monday, February 20
Last day to change from "audit" to "credit" or "credit" to "audit" Friday, March 3
Spring Break - College Closed, No Classes Mon.-Sun., April 10-16
Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes Friday, April 21
Final Exam Thursday May 11
DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS
When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.
The related lab to this course is PSC 102, there is no lab in this class.
COLLEGE RESOURCES and SERVICES
Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center)
Bladen Hall, Room 100 301-322-0090
Check the web site for hours and policies and procedures.
Mathematics Learning Center (π Shop)
Marlboro Hall, Room 3104
Walk-in computer and mathematics assistance (note that due to overwhelming demand this service is being curtailed) for Mathematics and mathematical software such as MATLAB.
Tutoring and Writing Centers (www.pgcc.edu/students/tutoring_writing_grammar)
Bladen Hall, Room 107 Stop by or call 301-322-0748 to make an appointment.
The Tutoring Center can help you in many courses with free one-on-one or group tutoring.
The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on a writing assignment in any course.
Student Development Services 301-322-0886
Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.
Accokeek Hall General information: 301-322-0105
Circulation services: 301-322-0475
Reference services: 301-322-0476
The Library provides a range of library and media services.
Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.
Campus Bookstore (www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/bookstore.html)
Largo Student Center, Room 116 301-322-0912