جامعة الملك فهد للبترول والمعادن   -    قسم الفيزياء   -   مقدمة في علم الفلك

          KING  FAHD  UNIVERSITY  OF  PETROLEUM  AND  MINERALS

                                      DEPARTMENT  OF  PHYSICS

 

                   PHYS 215 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

                                    FIRST SEMESTER 2004-2005 (041)

 

COURSE SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION AND GRADING POLICY

 

                                                                                                            Revised: November 1, 2004

 

1)  COURSE DESCRIPTION (UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN 2001-2003)

 

         An Elementary Introduction to Astronomy. Topics Covered Include: Astronomy and Astrology; Light and Telescopes; Time and Calendar; Celestial Mechanics; Solar System; Stellar Measurements, Stellar Motions, Magnitudes, Spectra, Distances, Parallaxes, and Formation; Early and Modern History of Astronomy; Contribution of Arab and Muslim Scientists to Astronomy.                ( Prerequisite : Phys 102 )

 

2)  TEXTBOOK

 

        Astronomy : From The Earth To The Universe  By Jay M. Pasachoff, Sith Edition,

      Saunders College Publishing 2002.

 

3)  SUPPLEMENTARY (OPTIONAL) READINGS

 

        A)  Frontiers of Astronomy,  Morrison and Wolff, Saunders 1990.

      B)  Exploration of The Universe, Abell; Morrison; and Wolff,  Saunders 1987.

      C)  Astronomy From Stonehenge to Quasars,  Friedlander,  Prentice-Hall 1985.

      D)  Sky Guide :  A Field Guide For Amateur Astronomy,  Chartrand and Wimmer,  Golden 1982.

      E)  Laboratory Exercises In Astronomy,  Holzinger And Seeds,  Macmillan 1976.

      F)  365 Starry Nights,  Raymo,  Printice-Hall 1982.

      G)  Sky and Telescope Magazine   (Monthly).

      H)  Astronomy Magazine   (Monthly).

      I)  Al-Oloom Al-Bahtah Fi Alhadharah Alarabiah Waleslamiah,  Ali A. Al-Dafaa,  Al-Risalah Est, Lebanon, 1981. (Arabic)

العلوم البحتة في الحضارة العربية والإسلامية ؛ ا.د. علي عبدالله الدفاع ؛ مؤسسة الرسالة - بيروت 1981 م.

      J)  Al-Falal Eind Al-Arab (Astronomy and Arabs),  Abdulraheem Badir,  Masri  Est.,  Lebanon, 1985.  (Arabic)

الفلك عند العرب ؛ عبد الرحيم بدر ؛ مؤسسة المصري - بيروت 1985 م.

      K)  Elm Al-Falak (Arab and Muslim Contributions to Astronomy), Yahya Shami, Dar Al-Fikr Al-Arabi Pub., Lebanon, 1997. (Arabic)  

علم الفلك صفحات من التراث العلمي العربي والإسلامي ؛ د. يحى شامي ؛ دار الفكر العربي - بيروت 1997 م.

      L)  Al-Gegrafiah Al-Falakyiah (Astronomical Geography),  Ameen Tarboosh, Dar Al-Fikr Est.,  Syria, 1997.  (Arabic)

الجغرافية الفلكية والطرق العملية في مراقبة الأجرام السماوية ؛ د. أمين طربوش ؛ دار الفكر - دمشق 1997 م.

4)  INSTRUCTOR

 

        Dr. Ali  Mohammad  Al-Shukri,  ( Office :   Location :  6-110,   Phone : 2255,

                                                                   Office Hours:  S.U.W   7:30 - 9:00 )

 

5)  GRADING POLICY

 

(A)   COURSE GRADE

 

The Course Grade Will Be Evaluated As Follows:

 

                          Class Work and Observing Sessions.                14%

                          First Major Exam .                                           24%

                          Second Major Exam.                                        24%

                          Final Exam (Comprehensive).                           38%

 

(B)    CLASS AND OBSERVING SESSION WORK

The class and observing sessions Work shall comprise of quizzes, homework,  projects,  presentations, attendance, reports, papers, ... etc.

and any other assignments the instructor wishes to give.

 

(C)     MAJOR AND FINAL EXAMINATIONS

 

(Major And Final Exams Are Of Problem-Solving, Multiple Choice, T/F, And/Or Discussion Type Exams)

 

                 MAJOR AND A FINAL EXAMINATIONS ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:

 

First Major Exam                        25        October           2004                (Chapters  01  To  03  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Second Major Exam                    18        December        2004                (Chapters  04  To  6  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Final Exams                                 (4  to  13 January)        2005                (Chapters  01  To  24  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

 

6)  ATTENDANCE

 

Attendance will be evaluated according to current university regulations. Official excuse for an absence should be presented within a week of resuming the class. A DN grade will be issued if the total number of unexcused absences exceeds 9 absences.

 

(attendance is compulsory in lectures and observing sessions. You should be in class on time.  Half a point will be taken from your grade for each absence)

 

 

PHYS 215  (INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY)

   TERM: 041   (FIRST SEMESTER 2004 -2005)

 

 

Week      Date                   Topic                                                  Chapter       Homework                     .

     1.    11 Sep.      Course Organization and Policy.                             --

            13              The Universe : An Overview.                                  01        03, 04, 05   

            15              The Universe : An Overview.                                  01       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .

     2.    18 Sep.      The Early History of Astronomy.                             02        02, 07, 12

            20              The Early History of Astronomy.                             02

            22              Muslim Astronomers                                               02

 

Tuesday  21  September   -   Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  Without  Permanent  Record

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     3.    25 Sep.      The Origin of Modern Astronomy.              03        03, 04, 05, 08

            27              The Origin of Modern Astronomy.              03

            29              The Origin of Modern Astronomy.              03

            30              Light and Telescopes.  (Thuresday:Normal Wednesday Class)   04 01, 03, 05, 09

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     4.    02 Oct.      Light and Telescopes.                                             04

            04              Light and Telescopes.                                             04

            06              Light Observatories.                                               05        03,  05,  12, 13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     5.    09 Oct.      Observatories.                                                        05

            11              The Sky and The Calendar.                                    06        01,  03,  05,  08

            13              The Sky and The Calendar.                                    06

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     6.    16 Oct.      The Sky and The Calendar.                                    06

            18              The Sky and The Calendar.                                    06

            20              The Structure and Origin of the Solar System.         07        03,  06,  15,  16

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     7.    23 Oct.      The Structure and Origin of the Solar System.         07

            25              The Structure and Origin of the Solar System.         07

            27              The Earth.                                                              08        01,  03,  05

 

Monday,  25 October   First  Major  Exam   (Chapters  01  To  05 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

 

26 October  -  Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  With  Grade  Of  'W' Thru Internet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

     8.    30 Oct.      The Earth.                                                              08

            01 Nov.     The Earth.                                                              08

            03              The Moon.                                                             09        01,  03,  08

 

                                    4 to 19 November 2003  -  Eid Al-Fitr Vacation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

     9.    20 Nov.     The Moon.                                                             09

            22              Mercury and Venus.                                               10 / 11            02, 03, 07 / 01,06,08

            24              Venus and Mars.                                                    11 / 12             02,  03, 10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

    10.   27 Nov.     Jupiter and Saturn.                                      13 / 14             01, 05 / 01, 02

            29              Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.                                   15/16/17      01, 03 / 01, 02 / 02, 05

            01 Dec.      Review.                                                                  --

 

01 December  -  Last  Day  For  Withdrawal  From ALL Courses  With  Grade  Of  'W' Thru Registrar Office

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

    11.   04 Dec.      Comets.                                                                 18        04,  07,  11

            06              Meteorites and Asteroids.                                       19        01,  02,  08

            08              Life in The Universe.                                               20        03,  06,  09

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

   12.    11 Dec.      Life in The Universe.                                               20

            13              The Sun (Photosphere, Chromosphere).                  21        02,   05

            15              The Sun (Corona, Solar Eclipses).              21

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

   13.    18 Dec.      The Sun (Sunspots, Flares, Prominences).   22        01,  07

            20              The Sun (Solar Wind, Solar Constant).                   22

            22              The Colors of Stars.                                               23        01,  04,  10

 

Saturday,  18 December  Second Major Exam    ( Chapters 04 To 6 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

   14.    25 Dec.      Planck’s Law and Black Bodies.                             23

            27              Stellar Spectral Lines.                                             23

            29              Stellar Magnitudes and Distances.               24        02, 03, 05,06,21,26,3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

   15.    01 Jan.       The Hertzsprung-Russel (HR) Diagram.                  24

            03              Doppler Effect and Stellar Motions.                        24        (Last Day Of Classes)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

   16.    10 Jan.       Final Exams Begain                          4  To  13  January  2005  -  Final  Exams   .

 

_________________________

Dr.  Ali Mohammad Al-Shukri

Text Box: PHYS215.041.(September 23, 2004).AL-SHUKRIPHYS 215  Instructor