Astronomy 1210 - Section 2 - Course Outline
Clark 107 - MWF 12:00 - Fall 2011

Professor: Michael Skrutskie
           Room 262 -- Astronomy Building
           Phone 924-4328
           Office Hours - Mon 1:30 - 3:00; Thu 10:30 - 12:00
           email: mfs4n
           website:  http://www.astro.virginia.edu/class/skrutski/astr121/


1: W Aug 24 - Course Introduction; The Contents of the Universe 2: F Aug 26 - Perspectives on Astronomy; A Brief History of the Universe
Aug 29 - Constellation Lab begins 3: M Aug 29 - Human Biases and Astronomy 4: W Aug 31 - The Solar System in Perspective; Scientific Notation 5: F Sep 02 - Stars, Star Names, and Constellations; The Calendar and Leap Years
Sep 05 - Telescope Observing Lab begins 6: M Sep 05 - The Celestial Sphere - the rest of the Universe as seen from Earth Sep 06 - Last day to add a class 7: W Sep 07 - The Sun's Path on the Celestial Sphere Sep 07 - Last day to drop a class 8: F Sep 09 - Phases of the Moon; Lunar months
9: M Sep 12 - Eclipses of the Sun and Moon and How to View Them 10: W Sep 14 - Timekeeping and the Calendar 11: F Sep 16 - The Motion of Planets in the Night Sky
M Sep 19 - Historical Astronomy and the Scientific Method 12: W Sep 21 - Exam 1 13: F Sep 23 - Newton's Laws, Gravity and Orbital Motion
14: M Sep 26 - Weightlessness and Artifical Satellites 15: W Sep 28 - Tides and Leap Seconds 16: F Sep 30 - The Nature of Light - Electromagnetic Radiation
17: M Oct 03 - Blackbody and Spectal Line Radiation 18: W Oct 05 - Ground and Space-based Telescopes and Observatories 19: F Oct 07 - A Solar System Inventory - Jovian and Terrestrial Worlds
M Oct 10 - No Class 20: W Oct 12 - A Recipe for Building a Solar System 21: F Oct 14 - Radioactive Dating and the Age of the Solar System
M Oct 17 - Exam 2 Oct 18 - Last day to withdraw 22: W Oct 19 - Searching for (and finding) Other Worlds 23: F Oct 21 - The Earth's Moon as a(n) (a)typical Solar System Object
24: M Oct 24 - The Earth as a Planet; The Earth's Surface 25: W Oct 26 - The Origin and Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere 26: F Oct 28 - The Threat from Catastrophic Impacts
27: M Oct 31 - Venus and the Greenhouse Effect 28: W Nov 02 - The Exploration of Mars; The Martian Surface 29: F Nov 04 - Water on Mars
30: M Nov 07 - The Exploration of Mars; Life on Mars? 31: W Nov 09 - The Jovian Planets and their Atmospheres F Nov 11 - Exam 3
32: M Nov 14 - The Distinction between Stars and Jovian Planets; Brown Dwarfs 33: W Nov 16 - The Galilean Satellites of Jupiter 34: F Nov 18 - Europa and Extremophilic Life
35: M Nov 21 - Saturn's Moon Titan; Planetary Rings W Nov 23 - Thanksgiving Break F Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Break
36: M Nov 28 - Uranus and Neptune - The Ice Giants; Small moons 37: W Nov 30 - Pluto's Planetary Status 38: F Dec 02 - Asteroids and Meteorites
39: M Dec 05 - Comets and Meteor Showers
Final Exam: Thursday December 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Clark 107
In-Class exam dates are subject to change.