... Solar Systems Astronomy
... Stars, Galaxies,Cosmology
... Astronomy Laboratory I
... Astronomy Laboratory II
... Geometry of Art and Nature
... Life in the Universe
F.X.Timmes, my vitae
Spacetime Coordinates: Online MWF from 9:40am to 10:20am between 20Jan and 03May.
You are not required to be available during this time slot.
Instructor: Professor Frank Timmes is avaliable MW during class times via the course blackboard site, via the live lectures delivered via Adobe Connect, email email@example.com, skype (username chatterbox4444), or telephone 480 965 4274. You are on your own on Fridays and should use theis time to study the material.
Text: The Cosmic Perspective, 6th edition by Bennet et al. Choose one option:
1. All Electronic: MasteringAstronomy with Pearson eText Student Access Kit, ISBN 9780321696823, ~$82.
2. Hardcopy + Web: Hardcopy text with MasteringAstronomy Access Kit ISBN 9780321620903, ~$138.
3. If you already have the text, then you'll only need the MasteringAstronomy Access Kit ISBN 9780321682529, ~$45.
You may purchase these items from ASU's bookstore or directly from the publisher at http://www.masteringastronomy.com/site/register/new-students.html
Online Course: This is an online introductory course on stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It is your responsibility to complete the reading (hardcopy or eText), online homework, and online exams, and particpate/listen to the online lectures. It is assumed you have suitable hardware, software, internet connectivity, and know how to administer your machine.
My goal for this course is to communicate the excitement of modern astronomy. Some algebra will be used because obtaining quantitative results is an essential part of science. However, it is more important for you to be able to give clear explanations of physical phenomena. This course could be one of your most rewarding courses, if you learn the material. We will cover Chapters 1-5 and 14-23 in The Cosmic Perspective, 6th edition. We will move quickly and each new topic will build upon concepts covered previously. If you fall behind, you will find it difficult to catch up. Stay ahead of the game.
Blackboard: Point your browser to myasucourses.asu.edu and navigate to the AST 112 blackboard site. This blackboard area could be your springboard to anything you need or want for the course, including MasteringAstronomy, which hosts all the homework and exams (and reading for the eText).
MasteringAstronomy: The MasteringAstronomy course ID is MATIMMESSPRING2011. To open your MasteringAstronomy account, follow the directions given in this getting online with MasteringAstronomy pdf document. If you are still having problems getting online, call the help number provided in the document.
Online Lectures: Live, interactive lectures will be given via Adobe Connect on Mondays. You are not required to be available during this time slot, as the lectures will be recorded for viewing at your convenience. To join a lecture, click on one of the lecture links below, choose to enter as a "guess", type your name, and click the "enter room" button. The first time you attempt to join an Adobe Connect meeting, it will automagically configure your machine.
Here is a set-up guide in pdf format for Adobe Connect, and here is a video tutorial on what to expect in a Adobe Connect meeting. You do not need a camera or a mirophone to participate, as you can type your questions and comments into a chat window. If you want to ask questions verbally, then your computer must have a microphone and I strongly reccomend the use of headphones to prevent feedback and other sounds.
Online Homework: There are 13 homework assignments, one per week, to be completed at MasteringAstronomy. Each homework is worth 100 points and on average will take about 40 minutes. On average there is 1 quantitative (algebra) problem per week. Homework assignments count 50% towards your final grade. That is, each homework is 3.85% of your grade. Blow off homework and you will not pass this course. You may collaborate on homework assignments in groups up to 4 people, but no larger. Late homework will not be accepted, except for verified medical reasons or ASU sponsored activities. Claiming your computer or internet went down is not a valid reason for late homework.
On first page of any homework assignment in MasteringAstronomy you should see the line "To learn more, read your instructor's Grading Policy". Click on the "Grading Policy" link to see the details.
Online Exams: There are 3 exams, roughly one every 5 weeks, to be completed on MasteringAstronomy. Each exam is open book, but must be completed by yourself (see Cheating below). Each exam will be open for a period of 48 hours, so you may start the exam when it is convenient for you. However, once you start, you'll have 90 minutes to finish the exam. The exams have the same style and content level as the homework. These 3 exams count 50% toward your final grade. That is, each exam is 16.67% of your grade. Make-up exams will be allowed only for verified medical reasons or ASU sponsored activities. Claiming your computer or internet went down is not a valid reason for a make-up exam. There is no final exam for this course.
On first page of any exam in MasteringAstronomy you should see the line "To learn more, read your instructor's Grading Policy". Click on the "Grading Policy" link to see the details.
Extra Credit: There are no extra credit or honors projects for this course.
Grading: Final grades are based on the number of points you earn on the homework and exams. You can your percentage of the total points avaliable to date on MasteringAstronomy. Final grades for the course are generally based on a curve; that is, relative to your colleagues. However, I allow for absolute scores - 90% or better will get an A, 80% a B, 70% a C. In general, I allow for "+" but not "-" grades.
Cheating: Just don't. Please familiarize yourself with ASU's Student Academic Integrity Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Evidence of cheating on the online exams - sacrificial lambs, drones, dummy accounts, statistical or ip address evidence of collaboration - will result in you failing the entire course, as well as being referred to the appropriate Dean. Don't cheat.