Astro C10: Introduction to General Astronomy

This is the website for sections 105 and 113 of Astro C10, Fall 2008. I've put my syllabus below, and I'll update this website periodically with worksheets and review material from class.


The syllabus gives a brief overview of what we'll learn about this semester, as well as an explanation of what Professor Filippenko and I hope you will get out of the class.


Worksheets and solutions

Below are all the worksheets I've handed out in class. I'll try to include both html and pdf versions, but the html copies may not display correctly on your computer unless your browser has fonts for all the mathematical symbols. I'll also post solutions to the worksheets when it seems helpul to do so.

Worksheet 1htmlpdfSolutions 1htmlpdf
Worksheet 2htmlpdfSolutions 2htmlpdf
Worksheet 3htmlpdfSolutions 3htmlpdf
Worksheet 4htmlpdfSolutions 4htmlpdf
Worksheet 5htmlpdfSolutions 5htmlpdf

Quizzes and Exams

Unfortunately, I can't post any quizzes or exams here, but I will put up any information which seems useful.

Midterm 1

Below is a histogram showing the score distribution for the entire class.


A few comments about the exam:

  1. Remember that all of the math problems in this class can be done without a calculator. If you find yourself entering long expressions into your calculator, you've probably missed something. Every math question in this course boils down to taking the ratio of two quantities. Make sure you're comfortable with this type of calculation.
  2. By far, the most commonly missed problem was the question about the Bohr model of the atom. Remember that a photon's energy is inversely proportional to its wavelength. Please be sure to ask me if you're unsure how to take ratios when this is the case.

I'll return your exams next week, and we'll go over the ten or so most frequently missed questions.

Midterm 2

Unfortunately, I don't have a histogram for this exam.

Stellar evolution was a big part of this exam, and it will be a big part of the final, as well. It's a complicated topic, and you did very well on it, but we'll spend another week of two reviewing it.

Final Exam

I've included a histogram of class scores to the left. Your exams will be available outside Professor Filippenko's office for the next few days. Let me know if you have any questions, and have a wonderful summer!


Date: 2013-10-07T11:14-0700

Author: Michael McCourt

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