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PH 228.01 (3 credits)
Dr. Mark P. Turski
109B Boyd Hall
Office Hours: TBA
Pasachoff, J.M. (1998). Astronomy - From Earth to the Universe.
5th edition. Chicago, Illinois. Saunders College
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
the study of historic and current astronomy topics.
The course will attempt to introduce you to a range of astronomy concepts.
way, you should gain an understanding of the fundamental laws that govern
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
- 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
- be able to use and understand methods of science (science processes)
as ways to
acquire new knowledge;
- communicate the key concepts through the use of mathematical
tables, graphs and algebraic expressions;
- be able to process astronomy information and make responsible
science and technology issues;
- be aware of how astronomy affects other areas such as law, politics,
and the economy
of a nation.
- Attendance is up to you. However, you are responsible for what ever
you were gone. (But before you skip see 3 below.)
- Specific requirements include textbook reading, writing assignments,
& attending a planetarium show. (Note: There are 9 writing
assignments in this class.)
- 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
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
be allowed to take the quiz and will be given a zero. (No questions
asked, no excuses
- Exams - There will be four (4) the last one being during finals
week, it will BE
- 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).
four (4) days it will not be accepted.
- 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
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.