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KING  FAHD  UNIVERSITY  OF  PETROLEUM  AND  MINERALS - DEPARTMENT  OF  PHYSICS

 

  PHYS 215 - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY  -  FIRST SEMESTER 2007-2008 (071)

 

COURSE SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION AND GRADING POLICY

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Revised: October 23, 2007

 

1)     COURSE DESCRIPTION (UNDERGRADUATE BULLETIN 2005)                                                  

 

        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 ؛ أ.د. علي عبدالله الدفاع ؛ مؤسسة الرسالة – بيروت 1981 م.

        j)  Al-Falal Eind Al-Arab (Astronomy and Arabs),  Abdulraheem Badir,  Al-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 : 6-111,  Phone : 2255,  Office Hours:  U.M.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             03       November               2007        (Chapters  01  To  05  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Second Major Exam         09       December                2007        (Chapters  06  To  17  +  Hand-Outs + Class Discussions)

Final Exams                 (19 – 29 January)    2008        (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.

 

PHYS215.071.(October 23, 2007).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: 071   (FIRST SEMESTER 2007 -2008)

 

Week      Date                                        Topic                                                                Chapter                        Homework

     1.        08 Sep.            Course Organization and Policy)                                                    --

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

                12                    The Universe : An Overview                                                          01

 

Tuesday  11  September  -  Last  Day  for  Late Registration and adding courses

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     2.        15 Sep.            The Universe : An Overview                                                          01

                17                    The Early History of Astronomy                                                  02                            02, 07, 12

                19                    The Early History of Astronomy                                                  02

 

Tuesday  18  September  -  Last  Day  for  Dropping  Courses  Without  Permanent  Record

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     3.        22 Sep.            The Early History of Astronomy, Muslim Astronomers              02

                24                    The Origin of Modern Astronomy                                                 03                            03, 04, 05, 08

                26                    The Origin of Modern Astronomy                                                 03

 
Sunday  23  September  -  National Day

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     4.        29 Sep.            The Origin of Modern Astronomy                                                 03

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

                03                    Light and Telescopes                                                                      04

 

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

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     5.        20 Oct.            Light and Telescopes                                                                      04

                22                    Observatories                                                                                  05                            03,  05,  12, 13

                24                    Observatories                                                                                  05

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     6.        27 Oct.            The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06                            01,  03,  05,  08

                29                    The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

                31                    The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

 

Wednesday,  1 November   First  Major  Exam   (Chapters  01  To  05 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

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     7.        03 Nov.           The Sky and The Calendar                                                             06

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

                07                    The Structure and Origin of the Solar System                                07

 

Tuesday,  6 November  -  Last  Day  for  Dropping  Courses  with  Grade  Of  'W' Thru Internet

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     8.        10 Nov.           The Structure and Origin of the Solar System                                07

                12                    The Earth                                                                                        08                            01,  03,  08

                14                    The Earth                                                                                        08

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     9.        17 Nov.           The Moon                                                                                       09                            01,  03,  11

                19                    The Moon                                                                                       09

                21                    Mercury                                                                                          10                            02, 03, 07

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                                                           .

    10.       24 Nov.           Venus                                                                                              11                            01,03,10

                26                    Mars                                                                                               12                            03,  04, 13

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

 

Tuesday,  27  November  -  Last  Day  for  Withdrawal  from ALL Courses  with  Grade  of  'W' Thru Internet

__________________                                                                                                                                                                ___________________________________________________ ___________                                                                                                              

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

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

                05                    Extra Solar Planets                                                                          18                            04,  06,  07

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                                                           .

   12.        08 Dec.            Comets                                                                                            19                            01,  04,  07

                10                    Asteroids                                                                                        20                            02,  04,  06

                12                    Life in The Universe                                                                       21                            07,  08,  09

 

Sunday,  09 December  Second Major Exam    (Chapters 06 To 17 + Class Discussions + Hand-Outs)

 

12 December Last day of Classes before Eid Al-Adha Vacation

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   13.        29 Dec.            The Sun (Photosphere, Chromosphere                                          22                            03,   09

                31                    The Sun (Corona, Solar Eclipses)                                                   22

                02 Jan.             The Sun (Sunspots, Flares, Prominences)                                      23                            01,  09, 10

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   14.        05 Jan.             The Sun (Solar Wind, Solar Constant)                                            23

                07                    Colors of Stars                                                                                24                            01,  04,  06

                09                    Planck’s Law and Black Bodies                                                      24

 

Tuesday, 08  January  - Last Day For Withdrawal From ALL Courses With Grade of  'WP/WF' ,  Last Day of Major Exams

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   15.        12 Jan.             Stellar Spectral Lines                                                                      24

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

                16                    HR Diagram, Doppler Effect, and Stellar Motions                        25            (Last Day Of Classes)

__________________               _________________                                 _______________________________________                                            __                                                       __                    .

   16.        19 Jan              Final Exams Begin                          (Final  Exams period: 19 – 29 January 2008)                                            .

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                                                                                                                                                                    _________________________

                                                                                                                                                                    Dr.  Ali Mohammad Al-Shukri

Text Box: PHYS215.071.(October 23, 2007).AL-SHUKRI                                                                                                              PHYS 215  Instructor