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PH 228.01 (3 credits)
Spring 1998

Dr. Mark P. Turski
109B Boyd Hall
Office Hours: TBA
email - markt@oz

Pasachoff, J.M. (1998). Astronomy - From Earth to the Universe. 5th edition. Chicago, Illinois. Saunders College Publishing.


This course is intended for non-science majors. The emphasis of the course will be on the nature of science, and the impact of science on society and technology through the study of historic and current astronomy topics.

The course will attempt to introduce you to a range of astronomy concepts. In this way, you should gain an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the universe and develop an appreciation for the nature of astronomy research and science research in general.

The course is based on several fundamental learning outcomes. After studying astronomy, you should:

  1. have gained a knowledge of facts, concepts and principles related to the major topics in astronomy, in other words become scientifically literate in some of the key concepts;
  2. be able to use and understand methods of science (science processes) as ways to acquire new knowledge;
  3. communicate the key concepts through the use of mathematical relationships, including tables, graphs and algebraic expressions;
  4. be able to process astronomy information and make responsible decisions regarding science and technology issues;
  5. be aware of how astronomy affects other areas such as law, politics, and the economy of a nation.

  1. Attendance is up to you. However, you are responsible for what ever happened while you were gone. (But before you skip see 3 below.)
  2. Specific requirements include textbook reading, writing assignments, problem sets & attending a planetarium show. (Note: There are 9 writing assignments in this class.)
  3. Quizzes are unannounced, if you have decided to not attend class that day you will get a zero (0). (No questions asked, no excuses accepted). At the end of the semester I will drop one zero (0) or your lowest quiz grade. Quizzes will start 2 minutes after the begining of class; if you are late you will not be allowed to take the quiz and will be given a zero. (No questions asked, no excuses accepted)
  4. Exams - There will be four (4) the last one being during finals week, it will BE comprehensive.
  5. Late work - The highest grade late work can earn is an 80. It will lose 10 points each additional day it is late after the first day. (Not class session). After four (4) days it will not be accepted.
  6. Long term illnesses require documentation from a physician. I consider a long term illness to be one that requires a stay in a hospital, infirmary or prolonged bed rest.


Tests 40%
Hw 45%
Quizzes 15%

Final grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

100 - 94 - A 93.9999 - 90 - A-
89.9999 - 87 - B+ 86.9999 - 83 - B 82.9999 - 80 - B-
79.9999 - 77 - C+ 76.9999 - 73 - C 72.9999 - 70 - C-
69.9999 - 68 - D+ 67.9999 - 66 - D 65.9999 - 65 - D-
<65 - F

I Do NOT scale tests.

There is no extra credit.