ASTROPHYSICS (Physics 418)
Universe, 7th edition by Freedman and
set of data tables, pictures, graphs, and
other good stuff
Physics, by Walker
(You won't get your own, but there are 100+
out there; go find them)
taught by John
Kolena email: firstname.lastname@example.org office:
The pace of the class will
be brisk, partly because I will assume that you already
know a good
deal of astrophysics (because you have done the assigned daily
have studied the worked examples suggested).
We will often refer to the
text for pictures and graphs virtually
every class day,
so please bring your text to class each day.
You are required to have two lab journals. We
might be taking lab data on any day,
might be discussing lab work already in your journals, so you need to
your journals with you every day, except of course when they have
in for grading.
I also expect you to have your working (!) graphing calculator with you
The course syllabus
is a rough guide to the order of the topics that we will
trimester. Refer to it
often; you are allowed to read ahead!
The course web site address is
It is your responsibility
to make sure that you know what is expected of you for
the next class
in the way of textbook reading, homework, and labwork.
Assignments will be available on the web. Please get into the habit
the web site daily. I will try to have any relevant messages and
posted by 6 pm.
cannot emphasize enough how important reading the relevant text
and studying the worked examples in advance of my talking
about them are to
your success in this class. Reading an astrophysics book
or studying worked
examples is quite unlike reading a novel or a
social studies text.
More about this sometime in class.
Assigned written homework
problems (many of which will be next-day or in
2 days) will sometimes be brought to class and sometimes due
by 5 pm in the
black box on the table outside my office, Bryan
After completing the
assigned reading each night, you should check out some
of the Review Questions in the back of the text. If you
cannot answer them
pretty immediately, it means that you need to re-read
the appropriate sections
and/or re-study the worked examples more
You should be solving
at least as many
problems on your own as I assign.
As we dig deeper into subject, you should also be working
extra problems of
the from the text. Keep all these extra worked
problems organized in your
notebook; they may be traded in for extra class commitment or class
Homework MUST be stapled if
more than one page. There is a stapler mounted on
the 4th floor Bryan
across from room 441.
Often lab instructions will be available a day or more before we
actually do lab.
Please read them
beforehand. Links to the instructions will
be on the class website.
expectations are available in the Physics 352/354 Lab Guide handout.
Physics teachers and senior
tutors will be available most every M - Th
least an hour. Use this opportunity! Check
the posted tutorial schedule on
the physics hallway.
My teaching blocks are CDG
this trimester. You are welcome to visit me in my
443) during your free periods, to talk
about astrophysics or anything
else. I will particularly try to be available
in the afternoons after school.
You will receive a copy of
Department Honesty Policy;
it is also posted in the
|Of course, I expect you to
be on time for class. "Tardy" means not being in your
seat at the time when class is scheduled to begin. Because
have radio-controlled, accurate clocks, it will be easy for everyone to
whether you are Tardy or not. You will be considered Tardy even
if you arrive
on time, but have to return to your room because you are
dressed, do not have your calculator, or do not have your lab materials
(lab book, prelab, ...) on days when lab is scheduled.
Department Tardy Policy addresses the consequences of being
The Tardy Policy is also posted in physics classrooms. In
addition each of you will
receive a copy to read, sign, and return during the first week of
is due on the date and time assigned. Homework
that is up to one day
late will be accepted for a maximum grade of 50%.
Homework that is more one
day late will not be accepted. Note that major
assignments are due on the day
they are due regardless of last-minute illness!
Contact me before the due date
in case of sustained, major illness or other unavoidable
If you miss 2 of any combination of assignments (homework, lab, class
presentation), you will report to Saturday morning Restricted Study
year). Any additional miss after the first 2 missed assignments
will result in
additional Saturday assignments.
Even though we will not have
formal tests in this class, you
day in a variety of ways; examples of such are in
the following (non-exhaustive)
- coming to class and turning in your work
- showing enthusiasm in your learning
- working problems beyond the ones required
- taking useful notes
- asking questions of your own and answering
mine in class
- challenging explanations or examples that
leave you confused
- convincing me that you did the assigned
- being prepared for and taking leadership
- following verbal and written instructions,
especially in lab
- helping your classmates where appropriate
- re-doing major assignments that do
not earn at least a grade of C+
- taking initiative in getting missed notes
& assignments from a classmate
(or the web) after an absence
- taking initiative in completing and
turning in assignments (homework and
lab) before a planned absence or
asap after an unplanned one (including
assignments due in class)
- getting extra help from me outside of
class and at tutorial when appropriate
- posting problem solutions when the option
- presenting 2 problems to the
whole class each trimester
Your class commitment grade is my assessment of how committed
you are to making
this class a successful learning experience not only
for yourself, but also for the rest of
the class. You are encouraged to
talk with me periodically during the year about your
grades will be based on
20% Class Commitment
15% JITs (weekly "quizzes" submitted before class via the web)
35% Lab and Project work
In determining the final trimester grade, a final exam or project will
count 15% - 25%.
The following grading scale
applies to all work in this class
A: 80 -- 100
B: 70 -- 79.99etc
C: 60 -- 69.99etc
D: below 60