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ASTR 1010 – Solar System Astronomy

Course Syllabus – Spring 2017



Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact 
the Disability Services Coordinator, Edgewater Hall 255, (678) 466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu


Course Description:

Number and Title:

ASTR 1010 (CRN 21385)
Solar System Astronomy

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

Astronomy from early ideas of the cosmos to modern observational techniques. The solar system planets, satellites, and minor bodies. The origin and evolution of the solar system. This course is equivalent to SCI 1901A. A student may not receive credit for both ASTR 1010 and SCI 1901A. 

 

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites: 

Exemption or exit from Math 0099 and completion of area A math, which can be taken concurrently.

Content:           

·       Our place in the Universe

·       The seasons and the Moon

·       The science of astronomy

·       Celestial coordinates and navigation

·       Laws of motion, conservation laws, gravity

·       Light and matter

·       Telescopes

·       The Solar System

·       Formation of the Solar System

·       Planetary geology

·       Planetary atmospheres

·       Jovian planet systems

·       Asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets

·       Other planetary systems

·        

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to 

http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system 
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing 
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the Clayton State University e-mail system
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email 
  • Able to use a Web browser. 

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.  Notebook computers are required for virtually all class meetings.

Desire2Learn  (Online Classroom):

On-line activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course.

You can gain access to Desire2Learn, by signing on to the SWAN portal and selecting: ”D2L” on the top right side.  If you experience any difficulties in Desire2Learn, please email or call The HUB at TheHub@mail.clayton.edu or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your SWAN username, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor's name.


Program Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The Clayton State University Core Curriculum outcomes (see Area D) are located on pages 107 and 108 of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook


Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Course Outcome 1:  Be able to describe how the basic laws of physics apply to Solar System astronomy.
  • Course Outcome 2:  Be able to describe the theory of the formation of the Solar System.
  • Course Outcome 3: Be able to compare and contrast Solar System objects .

Instructor Information:

Instructor: 

Dr. Bram Boroson
phone: (678) 466-4867
e-mail: bramboroson@clayton.edu
web: http://faculty.clayton.edu/bboroson

Office:

Lakeview Discovery Science, 235A

Clayton Hall, Room T-211A

Office hours:

Monday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other times by appointment


Class Meetings:

Classroom:

Lakeview Science and Discovery, Room 110

Class times:

3:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday


Textbook Information:

Text:

Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit. The Cosmic Perspective, 8th edition, Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2015. You will also need an access code to the MasteringAstronomy website. The class code for our class on MasteringAstronomy is MABOROSON22562

Text Coverage:

Chapters 1 – 13, S1


Evaluation:

In-class examinations: 3 - 75 minute exams @ 100 points

300

Reading quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 5 points*

50

Collaborating quizzes: 10 quizzes @ 5 points

50

MasteringAstronomy Homework

100

Final project (Phases of the Moon)**

100

TOTAL

600

Lesson

Date

Lesson Topic

Text Chapter

Quiz / HW / Exam

1

Jan 10

Developing Perspectives

1

None

2

Jan 12

Developing Perspectives

1

None

Jan 18

Martin Luther King Day – no classes

3

Jan 17

Discovering the Universe

2

R. Quiz 1 (Ch 2), HW 1 (Ch 1)

4

Jan 19

Discovering the Universe

2

C. Quiz 1 (Ch 2)

5

Jan 24

The Science of Astronomy

3

HW 2 (Ch 2), R. Quiz 2 (Ch 3)

Jan 26

The Science of Astronomy

3

C. Quiz 2 (Ch 3)

7

Jan 31

Celestial Timekeeping, Navigation

S1

HW 3 (Ch 3), R. Quiz 3 (Ch S1)

8

Feb 02

Celestial Timekeeping, Navigation

S1

C. Quiz (Ch S1)

9

Feb 07

Motion, Energy, and Gravity

4

HW 4 (Ch S1), R. Quiz 4 (Ch 4)

10

Feb 09

Motion, Energy, and Gravity

4

C. Quiz 4 (Ch 4)

11

Feb 14

Review for Exam I

1-4

HW 4 (Ch 4)

12

Feb 16

Examination I

1 – 4

13

Feb 21

Light and Matter

5

R. Quiz 5 (Ch 5)

14

Feb 23

Light and Matter

5

C. Quiz 5 (Ch 5)

15

Feb 28

Telescopes

6

HW 5 (Ch 5), R Quiz 6 (Ch 6)

16

Mar 02

The Solar System

7

R Quiz 7 (Ch 7)

Mar 03

Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

Mar 6
– 
Mar 11

Spring Break – No Classes

17

Mar 14

The Solar System

7

HW 6 (Ch 7), C quiz 6 (Ch 7)

18

Mar 16

Formation of the Solar System

8

R quiz 8 (Ch 8)

19

Mar 21

Terrestrial Planetary Geology 

9

R quiz 9 (Ch 9)

20

Mar 23

Terrestrial Planetary Geology

9

HW 7 (Ch 9), C quiz 7 (Ch 8)

21

Mar 28

Examination II

5 - 9

22

Mar 30

Terrestrial Planetary Atmospheres

10

R quiz 10 (Ch 10)

23

Apr 04

Terrestrial Planetary Atmospheres

10

HW 8 (Ch 10), C quiz 8 (Ch 10)

24

Apr 06

Jovian Planetary Systems

11

R quiz 11 (Ch 11)

25

Apr 11

Jovian Planetary Systems

11

HW 9 (Ch 11), C quiz 9 (Ch 11)

26

Apr 13

Asteroids, Comets, Dwarf Planets

12

R quiz 12 (Ch 12)

27

Apr 18

Asteroids, Comets, Dwarf Planets

12

HW 10 (Ch 12), C quiz 10

28

Apr 20

Other Planetary Systems

13

R quiz 13 (Ch 13)

29

Apr 25

Other Planetary Systems

13

C quiz 11 (Ch 13)

30

Apr 27

Examination III

10-13

*: The best 10 quizzes of each type will be graded. The number of quizzes may also be reduced, in which case the total quiz grade will still be scaled to 50 points for each quiz type. 

**: The phases of the moon project will be described after the first exam is handed back. It is required for the course, and takes the place of a final exam. It will be due at the time the final exam is scheduled for our class.

The lesson plan shown above is approximate and may change throughout the semester.


Grading:

A

90 - 100%

B

80 - 89%

C

70 - 79%

D

60 - 69%

F

below 60%


Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on February 27 reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on March 6.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 3, 2016.


Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook, which begins on page 6.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy
Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods. 

Missed Work
Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

  • There is no option for make-up quizzes. If a student is absent from a quiz, the student can do extra-credit work to make up for the grade decrease.
      
  • Make-up examinations will be given for those students with a valid excuse. The student can take a make-up exam 
      
  • The final project (phases of the moon project) must be completed. Students missing the final project should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.


Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described beginning on page 19 in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. 

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook starting on page 14.



Operation Study
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:

http://www.clayton.edu/operation-study


 

Last update: January 8, 2017