Astronomy 1210 - Section 2 - Course Outline
Clark 107 - MWF 12:00 - Spring 2012

Professor: Michael Skrutskie
           Room 262 -- Astronomy Building
           Phone 924-4328
           Office Hours - Mon 1:30 - 2:30; Thu 10:30 - 12:00
           email: mfs4n
           website:  http://www.astro.virginia.edu/class/skrutski/astr121/


1: W Jan 18 - Course Introduction; The Contents of the Universe 2: F Jan 20 - Perspectives on Astronomy; A Brief History of the Universe
Jan 23 - Constellation Lab begins 3: M Jan 23 - Human Biases and Astronomy 4: W Jan 25 - The Solar System in Perspective; Scientific Notation 5: F Jan 27 - Stars, Star Names, and Constellations; The Calendar and Leap Years
Jan 30 - Telescope Observing Lab begins 6: M Jan 30 - The Celestial Sphere - the rest of the Universe as seen from Earth Feb 02 - Last day to add a class 7: W Feb 01 - The Sun's Path on the Celestial Sphere Feb 03 - Last day to drop a class 8: F Feb 03 - Phases of the Moon; Lunar months
9: M Feb 06 - Eclipses of the Sun and Moon and How to View Them W Feb 08 - Exam 1 10: F Feb 10 - Timekeeping and the Calendar
11: M Feb 13 - The Motion of Planets in the Night Sky 12: W Feb 15 - Historical Astronomy and the Scientific Method 13: F Feb 17 - Newton's Laws, Gravity and Orbital Motion
14: M Feb 20 - Weightlessness and Artifical Satellites 15: W Feb 22 - Tides and Leap Seconds 16: F Feb 24 - The Nature of Light - Electromagnetic Radiation
17: M Feb 27 - Blackbody and Spectal Line Radiation 18: W Feb 29 - Ground and Space-based Telescopes and Observatories 19: F Mar 02 - A Solar System Inventory - Jovian and Terrestrial Worlds
Spring Break Week
20: M Mar 12 - A Recipe for Building a Solar System Mar 16 - Last day to withdraw 21: W Mar 14 - Radioactive Dating and the Age of the Solar System F Mar 16 - Exam 2
22: M Mar 19 - Searching for (and finding) Other Worlds 23: W Mar 21 - The Earth's Moon as a(n) (a)typical Solar System Object 24: F Mar 23 - The Earth as a Planet; The Earth's Surface
25: M Mar 26 - The Origin and Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere 26: W Mar 28 - The Threat from Catastrophic Impacts 27: F Mar 30 - Venus and the Greenhouse Effect
28: M Apr 02 - The Exploration of Mars; The Martian Surface 29: W Apr 04 - Water on Mars 30: F Apr 06 - The Exploration of Mars; Life on Mars?
31: M Apr 09 - The Jovian Planets and their Atmospheres 32: W Apr 11 - The Distinction between Stars and Jovian Planets; Brown Dwarfs F Apr 13 - Exam 3
33: M Apr 16 - The Galilean Satellites of Jupiter 34: W Apr 18 - Europa and Extremophilic Life 35: F Apr 20 - Saturn's Moon Titan; Planetary Rings
36: M Apr 23 - Uranus and Neptune - The Ice Giants; Small moons 37: W Apr 25 - Pluto's Planetary Status 38: F Apr 27 - Asteroids and Meteorites
39: M Apr 30 - Comets and Meteor Showers
Final Exam: Friday May 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Clark 107
In-Class exam dates are subject to change.