Office: OWS 160E
Email: gtruch at stthomas.edu
Course Web Page: phys.stthomas.edu/Phys104
Lecture: M W F 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM, Owens Science Center, Room 150
Office Hours: Wednesday 9:00am-10:00am or by appointment.
You are responsible for all information contained in this syllabus as well as any changes
made during the semester.
- Important Dates -Exams
|Mid-Term 1||Friday, February 26th|
|Mid-Term 2||Monday, April 4th|
|Mid-Term 3||Friday, April 29th|
|Final||Friday, May 20th 8:00am-10:00am (2 hours)|
- Recommended Text -
- The Cosmic Perspective, Bennett, Donahue, Schneider and Voit
- Course Policies and Procedures -Academic Standards
In the process of conducting scientific work, it is essential that an attitude of trust and honesty exists between all participants. In the Physics Department, we have an honor code. We expect you to behave honorably in all aspects of your life. This means that we trust you. For example, you are free to leave the room during a test without asking me. We take this trust seriously and a breach of trust has severe consequences. Cheating in any form is grounds for dismissal from the course with a grade of F.
Please see the beginning of this document for the exam dates. Bring two #2 pencils to all exams! You are allowed to bring one double-sided 8.5'' by 11'' page of notes to each of the exams. Exams are multiple choice and the final exam is comprehensive. I encourage you to argue with me about your exam score if you believe that something was graded incorrectly or if you believe that you deserve more points.
Makeup Exam Information
If you cannot take an exam, see me well in advance about scheduling a makeup exam. If you cannot notify me in advance (minimum 1 week), contact me as soon as possible; this is best accomplished through e-mail. All makeup exams will have short-answer / essay questions ONLY.
**The Final Exam CANNOT be made up or rescheduled**Math
Although this course is largely descriptive in nature, proficiency in basic algebra is expected. During lecture and on exams, you will not need a calculator. I want you to come away with a basic understanding of the mathematical reasoning behind modern scientific research. Plugging numbers into an equation and getting an 'answer' is not the best way to achieve this. Instead, I would like to help you understand, through some basic algebra, what an equation really has to say about the natural world.
Tentative Lecture Schedule (Subject to Change)
|February 1st||Scale of the Universe||No Lab|
|February 8th||The Sky From Earth||Mapping the Solar System|
|February 15th||The Solar System- A scientific model evolves||Jupiter's Moons - Lab 1|
|February 22nd||Newton's Laws|
Exam 1 (Friday)
|February 29th||Special Relativity|
|Jupiter's Moons - Lab 2|
|March 7th||The Formation of the Solar System||Under Pressure|
|March 14th||Light and Spectroscopy||Impacts|
|March 21st||***** Spring Break ****||No Lab|
|March 28th||Planetary Atmospheres||No Lab|
|April 4th||Exam2 (Monday)|
|April 11th||The Stars|
|April 18th||Stellar Graveyard-Exotic Objects|
|HR Diagram 1|
|April 25th||Milky Way|
Exam 3 (Friday)
|May 2nd||Galaxies and Galaxy Evolution||HR Diagram 2|
|May 9th||Cosmology||Galaxy Classification|
|May 16th||Final Exam May 20th |
OWS 150 8:00am-10:00am
*NOTE!*In order to receive a passing grade in the class you must get at least 50% of the total available lab points, miss no more than 2 lab periods, and you must take all exams.
|Range||Letter Grade||Range||Letter Grade|
|95 % - 100 %||A||76.7 % - 79.9 %||C+|
|90 % - 94.9 %||A-||73.3 % - 76.6 %||C|
|86.7 % - 89.9 %||B+||70.0 % - 73.2 %||C-|
|83.3 % - 86.6 %||B||65.0 % - 69.9 %||D+|
|80.0 % - 83.2 %||B-||60.0 % - 64.9 %||D|
|0 % - 59.9 %||F|