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 2005-2006 (051)

 

COURSE SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION AND GRADING POLICY

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Revised: January 2, 2006

 

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,  RaymoPrintice-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 BadirMasri  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             14       November               2005        (Chapters  01  To  05  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Second Major Exam         20       December                2005        (Chapters  06  To  17  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Final Exams                 (28 Jan. to  07 Feb.)                2006        (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.

 

PHYS215.051. AL-SHUKRI

 

 

(attendance is compulsory in lectures and observing sessions. You should be in class on time.

One point will be taken from your grade for each absence)


   PHYS 215  (INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY)  - TERM: 051   (FIRST SEMESTER 2005 -2006)

 

Week      Date                                        Topic                                                                        Chapter                  Homework

     1.        10 Sep.            Course Organization and Policy.                                                    --

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

                14                    The Universe : An Overview.                                                         01           

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                              ________              .

     2.        17 Sep.            The Early History of Astronomy.                                                 02                            02, 07, 12

                19                    The Early History of Astronomy.                                                 02

                21                    The Early History of Astronomy, Muslim Astronomers             02

 

Tuesday  20  September   -   Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  Without  Permanent  Record

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                   ______             .

     3.        24 Sep.            NATIONAL DAY         (No Classes)                                                                          

                26                    The Origin of Modern Astronomy.                                              03                            03, 04, 05, 08

                28                    The Origin of Modern Astronomy.                                              03

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                  _____                 .

     4.        01 Oct.            The Origin of Modern Astronomy.                                              03

                03                    Light and Telescopes.                                                                   04                            01, 03, 05,  09

                05                    Light and Telescopes.                                                                   04

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                             ____                        .

     5.        08 Oct.            Light and Telescopes.                                                                  04

                10                    Observatories.                                                                              05                            03,  05,  12, 13

                12                    Observatories.                                                                              05

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                  ______               .

     6.        15 Oct.            The Sky and The Calendar.                                                         06                            01,  03,  05,  08

                17                    The Sky and The Calendar.                                                         06

                19                    The Sky and The Calendar.                                                         06

 

                                  19 October Last day of Classes before Eid Al-Fitr Vacation

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                              _____                    .

     7.        12 Nov.           The Sky and The Calendar.                                                        06

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

                16                    The Structure and Origin of the Solar System.                          07

                17                    The Structure and Origin of the Solar System.                          07                   (Normal Saturday Classes)

 

 

                        Monday,  14 October   First  Major  Exam   (Chapters  01  To  05 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

 

                                17 November  -  Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  With  Grade  Of  'W' Thru Internet

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                      _________     .

     8.        19 Nov.           The Earth.                                                                               08                            01,  03,  05

                21                    The Earth.                                                                                08

                23                    The Earth.                                                                               08

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                          _________             .

     9.        26 Nov.           The Moon.                                                                             09                           01,  03,  08

                28                    The Moon.                                                                              09

                30                    Mercury.                                                                                10                            02, 03, 07

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                          ______                    .

    10.       03 Dec.            Venus.                                                                                   11                            01, 06, 08

                05                    Mars.                                                                                    12                            02,  03, 10

                07                    Jupiter and Saturn.                                                                13 / 14                   01, 05 / 01, 02

 

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

__________________                                                                                                                                                                __________________________________________________       

    11.       10 Dec.            Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.                                               15 / 16 / 17          01, 03 / 01, 02 / 02, 05

                12                    Comets.                                                                                18                           04,  07,  11

                14                    Meteorites and Asteroids.                                                    19                           01,  02,  08

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                              .

   12.        17 Dec.            Life in The Universe.                                                           20                           03,  06,  09

                19                    Life in The Universe.                                                            20

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

 

Tuesday,  20 December  Second Major Exam    ( Chapters 06 To 17 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                              .

   13.        24 Dec.            The Sun (Corona, Solar Eclipses).                                       21

                26                    The Sun (Sunspots, Flares, Prominences).                          22                            01,  07

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

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                            .

   14.        31 Dec.            The Colors of Stars.                                                            23                            01,  04,  10

                02 Jan.             Planck’s Law and Black Bodies.                                         23

                04                    Stellar Spectral Lines.                                                          23

 

07 Dec.  -  Last  Day  For  W/drawal  From ALL Courses  'WP/WF' Thru Reg. Off.,  Last Day before Eid Al-Adha Vacation

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                                    ____________  .

   15.        21 Jan.             Stellar Magnitudes and Distances.                                     24                           02, 03, 05,06,21,26,3

                23                    The Hertzsprung-Russel (HR) Diagram                            24

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

__________________               ________________________________________                                                                                                                 ____________      .

   16.        28 Jan.             Final Exams Begain                                  28 Jan. To  07 Feb.  2006   -   Final  Exams                    .            

 

                                                                                                    _________________________

                                                                                                    Dr.  Ali Mohammad Al-Shukri

                                                                                                              PHYS 215  Instructor