 
Astronomy 201
Astronomy and Astrophysics I, Fall 1997
General Information:
AST 201 Astrophysics and Astronomy I Fall 1997
Instructor: Suzanne Hawley, 307 PA, 3536670
Teaching Assistant: Jon Tourtellot, 318 PA, 3539920
Lectures: M,W,F 1:502:40 120 PA
Recitation: both sections Th 1:502:40 120 PA
IMPORTANT! You should view the recitation section as a regular class time. This time will
be used for makeup classes when the instructor has been traveling. Quizzes and graded
homework will be discussed, and help will be available for upcoming homework and questions
about lecture material.
Office Hours: M,W 3:004:00 307 PA Hawley
Th,F 3:004:00 318 PA Tourtellot
Final: Monday December 8, 12:452:45 pm
Text: "Fundamental Astronomy", 3rd Edition
by Karttunen, Kroger, Oja, Poutanen and Donner
AST 201/202 is a year long course which provides a general introduction to the basic ideas
in modern astronomy and astrophysics for science and engineering majors. One semester each
of calculus and physics are prerequisites. In AST 201 we will cover the solar system, the
interstellar medium, and stars, with only a brief preview of galaxies and the cosmos. AST
202 (offered in the spring) will cover the Galaxy, extragalactic objects, and cosmology as
well as offering laboratory and observing experience. Our objective in this course is that
you learn to think and view the universe as an astronomer does, as well as gain an
appreciation of the hardware, software and mathematical tools used to carry out
astronomical research.
Grading: Grade will be based on 5 homework assignments (40%),5 quizzes (40%), and a final
(20%). The 4 highest homework scores and quiz scores will be used. No late homework will
be accepted. No makeup quizzes will be given. The homework must have the problem statement
written at the top of each problem, followed by a clear, concise presentation of the
solution. Homework must beturned in by 5:00 pm on the due date and may be placed in the
TA's mailbox on the second floor of the PhysicsAstronomy building if you wish to turn it
in after class. Homework and quiz solutions will be available at the P/A library main
desk, located on the second floor of the P/A building.
