Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 1060/Syllabus
Astronomy: Phy1060 is an introductory Astronomy course that emphasizes the solar system and the universe of stars and galaxies. Topics include the earth-moon system, other planets and their satellites, space exploration, theories for the origin of the solar system stellar evolution, astrophysics, cosmology, and astrobiology. We also discuss astronomy within the context of the history of science.
Enrolled students may access all materials needed for this course through Pilot (https://pilot.wright.edu/d2l/loginh/)
The one-credit lab Phy1060L is a corequisite that focuses on Astronomical observations, experiments, as well as developing new materials based on the based on the OER textbook by OpenStax. The lab portion also includes labs from the The University of Nebraska-Lincoln astronomy education group:
This textbook is available online, as a downloadable pdf file. And it can be purchased for at a modest cost:
The exams for this course will be created using MyOpenMath.
Tentative schedule of topics
Monday, January 13, 2020
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Monday, February 3, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020
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Monday, March 9, 2020
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
20% Labs and lab reports
Lab reports are due on Pilot according to the following schedule.
- Fri 24 Jan 2020
- Fri 14 Feb 2020
- Fri 13 Mar 2020
- Fri 3 Apr 2020
- Fri 24 Apr 2020
A lab report is due (for partial lab credit) even if you missed one or more labs. If you miss a lab, arrange to do a report on a related subject in order to obtain partial credit for that lab.. Under no circumstances may a report based on a missed lab be related to course exams or textbook problems. While you are strongly urged to finish these reports by Friday night, they will be accepted without penalty if turned in before the weekend is over. Details on what belongs in your report can be found at Wright State University Lake Campus/2020-1/Phy 1060/Labs.
There will be approximately five exams (including the final exam). Your worst exam will be automatically dropped. The range (70%-80%) in the weight of your exams involves the fact that quizzes can be used to enhance your exam grade if you have trouble with exams.
If you do well on the exams, unannounced quizzes count for only 5% of your grade. Your percentile rank in the class will be posted on Pilot, based on a weighting of 20-70-10 percent for labs, exams, and quizzes, respectively.
Writing: Because writing is such an important part of a college education, the Student Success Center provides free writing support to all Wright State students, at any stage of your writing process and for any class. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of your writing, from research to revision. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrews Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.
Math: The Student Success Center offers free assistance to students enrolled in mathematics courses within the Wright State Catalog. I encourage you to visit the SSC for help with any aspect of math above DEV. Sessions are available M-Th by appointment or walk-in from 10-5 pm and Fridays by appointment only from 10-5 pm. To make an appointment, stop by the SSC (182 Andrew Hall) or call 419-586-0333. For more information about the SSC, their hours, and scheduling, please visit: https://lake.wright.edu/campus-life/student-success-center.
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Office of Disability Services: If a student has a disability that will require special accommodations, it is essential that he or she discuss it with the instructor and/or The Office of Disability Services (ODS) before or during the first week of the semester. ODS will work with these students on an individual basis to determine what services, equipment, and accommodations would be appropriate regarding their documented needs. Students who may qualify for these types of services should initiate contact with the instructor and/ or ODS as soon as possible to enable the university to meet their needs. Please call Deanna Springer at 419-586-0366, email email@example.com or visit ODS (Rm 182 Andrews) for more information.