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

REVISED

 
KING  FAHD  UNIVERSITY  OF  PETROLEUM  AND  MINERALS - DEPARTMENT  OF  PHYSICS

 

PHYS 215 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY  -  SECOND SEMESTER 2005-2006 (052)

 

COURSE SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION AND GRADING POLICY

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Revised: March 11, 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, Sixth 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 : 6-109,  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 FINAL EXAMINATIONS ARE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS:

 

First Major Exam             27       March                     2006        (Chapters  01  To  05  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Second Major Exam         06       May                        2006        (Chapters  06  To  17  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Final Exams                 (29 May  to  08 June)             2006        (Chapters  01  To  23  +  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.

 

PHYS215.052.(March 11, 2006).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.  DN grade will be given for more than 9 absences)


   PHYS 215  (INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY)  -  TERM: 052   (SECOND SEMESTER 2005 -2006)

 

Week      Date                                        Topic                                                                 Chapter                        Homework

     1.        11 Feb.            REGISTRATION   (No Classes)                                                   --

                13                    Course Organization and Policy                                                     --            

                15                    The Universe : An Overview                                                          01                            03, 04, 05

                16                    The Universe : An Overview                                                          01            (Normal Saturday Classes)

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                       .

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

                20                    The Early History of Astronomy                                                  02

                22                    The Early History of Astronomy, Muslim Astronomers              02

 

Wednesday  22  February   -   Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  Without  Permanent  Record,  Co-op Registration

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                        .

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

                27                    The Origin of Modern Astronomy                                 03

                01 Mar.           The Origin of Modern Astronomy                                 03

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

     4.        04 Mar.           Light and Telescopes                                                                      04                            01, 03, 05,  09

                06                    Light and Telescopes                                                                      04

                08                    Light and Telescopes                                                                      04

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                           .

     5.        11 Mar.           Observatories                                                                  05                            03,  05,  12, 13

                13                    Observatories                                                                  05

                15                    The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06                            01,  03,  05,  08

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                          .

     6.        18 Mar.           The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

                20                    The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

                22                    The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

     7.        25 Mar.           The Structure and Origin of the Solar System                                07                            03,  06,  15,  16

                27                    The Structure and Origin of the Solar System                                07

                29                    The Structure and Origin of the Solar System                                07

 

 

                        Monday,  27 March   First  Major  Exam   (Chapters  01  To  05 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

 

                                Wednesday,  29 March  -  Last  Day  For  Dropping  Courses  With  Grade  Of  'W'

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                        .

     8.        01 Apr.           Midterm Break (1&2 April 2005) -  NO Classes

                03                    The Earth                                                                                        08                            01,  03,  08

                05                    The Earth                                                                                        08

 

                                Midterm break (01-2 April 2005)

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

     9.        08 Apr.           The Moon                                                                                       09                           01,  03,  11

                10                    The Moon                                                                                       09

                12                    Mercury                                                                                          10                            02, 03, 07

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

    10.       15 Apr.           Venus                                                                                              11                            01,03,10

                17                    Mars                                                                                               12                            03,  04, 13

                19                    Jupiter and Saturn                                                                           13 / 14                     01, 05 / 01, 02

 

                              Wednesday,  19  April  -  Last  Day  For  Withdrawal  From ALL Courses  With  Grade  Of  'W'

__________________                                                                                                                                                                _________________________________________________________________________________ ______  _____                                                                                                              

    11.       22 Apr.           Uranus and Neptune                                                                       15 / 16                     01, 07 / 01, 05

                24                    Pluto and general information about the Solar System   17+                          04, 07

                26                    Extra Solar Planets                                                                          18                           04,  06,  07

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

   12.        29 Apr.           Comets                                                                                            19                           01,  04,  07

                01 May           and Asteroids                                                                                  20                           02,  04,  06

                03                    Life in The Universe                                                                       21                           07,  08,  09

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

   13.        06 May           The Sun (Photosphere, Chromosphere)                                         22                            03,   09

                08                    Review                                                                                            ---

                10                    The Sun (Corona, Solar Eclipses)                                   22

 

                                                 Tuesday,  6 May  Second Major Exam    ( Chapters 06 To 17 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

   14.        13 May           The Sun (Sunspots, Flares, Prominences)                                      23                            01,  09, 10

                15                    The Sun (Solar Wind, Solar Constant)                                            23

                17                    Colors of Stars                                                                                24                            01,  04,  06

 

    Wednesday, 17  May  - Last Day For Withdrawal From ALL Courses With Grade of  'WP/WF' ,  Last Day of Major Exams

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

   15.        20 May           Planck’s Law and Black Bodies                                                      24

                22                    Stellar Spectral Lines                                                                      24

                24                    Stellar Magnitudes and Distances                                   25                           02, 03, 05,06,21,26,30

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                         .

   16.        27 May           HR Diagram, Doppler Effect, and Stellar Motions                        25

                28                    Review                                                            (Last Day Of Classes)

                29 May           Final Exams Begin                          (Final  Exams period: 29 May  to  8  June  2005)                                              .

 

                                                                                                                                                                    _________________________

                                                                                                                                                                    Dr.  Ali Mohammad Al-Shukri

Text Box: PHYS215.052.(March 11, 2006).AL-SHUKRI                                                                                                              PHYS 215  Instructor