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PHYS-1060 (1) 3:30-4:45pm

Introduction to Stars and Galaxies (3 credits)

WMU Fall 2008 Semester

--Tu--Th-- 3:30-4:45pm · 1104 Rood Hall

Registration CRN Numbers:

CRN: 40387 - PHYS-1060 - 100

Office Hours (Current) · Syllabus (Current - 9/4/2008) · Topic 1 (Assigned 10/30/2008 Thu, This link includes the actual Movielist) · Physics Help Room (0077 Rood - Starts 9/15/2008 Mon)

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The Essential Cosmic Perspective, 4th ed., by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider and Voit.

SPECIAL NOTE: About one-quarter of the PHYS-1060 students are not registered for the lab...

If you are trying to get General Education Area VI credit for a laboratory science class, you must sign up for the PHYS-1050 lab. Even if you think you don't require the lab, you may find that taking PHYS-1050 will greatly enhance what you are learning in PHYS-1060. (There's a reason why we have laboratory science classes!)

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This week in PHYS-1060 at 3:30pm.



Sample Exam 1: First set here (9/23/2008 Tu); Second set here (9/25/2008 Th);

Sample Exam 1 First Set Answers: 1-A, 2-B, 3-C, 4-A, 5-E, 6-A (for "apogee", C), 7-C (for "perigee", A), 8-A, 9-C, 10-B, 11-D, 12-A, 13-C, 14-C, 15-D, 16-D, 17-D, 18-E, 19-D, 20-E, 21-B, 22-A (western-lit Moon is First Quarter -- see top diagram on page 2 of Sample Exam 1), 23-A, 24-D, 25-C *, 26-C (think inverse-square law, 1/r²), 27-D, 28-B, 29-D **, 30-D, 31-D.

* - Question was written for Spring 2005.

** - Question was written for Early Fall 2003.

Sample Exam 2: First set here (after class on 10/23/2008 Th);

Sample Exam 2 First Set Answers: 1-C, 2-A, 3-D, 4-B, 5-A, 6-D, 7-D, 8-A, 9-E, 10-D, 11-C, 12-D, 13-D, 14-D, 15-D, 16-D, 17-B, 18-D, 19-D, 20-A, 21-D, 22-C, 23-A, 24-D, 25-A, 26-C, 27-D, 28-A, 29-E, 30-D.

Sample Exam 3: First set here (put up on website 11/20/2008 Th);

Sample Exam 3 First Set Answers: 1-E, 2-A, 3-C, 4-B, 5-D, 6-A, 7-B, 8-D, 9-C, 10-C, 11-A, 12-C, 13-D, 14-C, 15-D, 16-C, 17-D, 18-C, 19-E (Luminosity Class not given, so though the two stars are the same spectral type, we don't know how big they are), 20-C, 21-C, 22-A, 23-B, 24-B, 25-C, 26-A, 27-D, 28-B, 29-D, 30-B.

Sample Final Exam: First set here (12/04/2008 Th);

Sample Final Exam First Set Answers: 1-B, 2-A, 3-A, 4-D, 5-A, 6-B, 7-E, 8-A, 9-A, 10-D, 11-C, 12-D, 13-D, 14-D, 15-B, 16-D, 17-D, 18-D, 19-C, 20-E (without any information on distances, we cannot conclude anything about the relative sizes of Stars A&B), 21-E, 22-C, 23-D, 24-C, 25-A, 26-C, 27-D, 28-D, 29-C, 30-D.


PHYS 1060: Introduction to Stars and Galaxies (3 hrs)

This course introduces the student to the origin and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe. Topics covered include the basic properties of stars; the birth, life, and death of stars; stellar explosions; the origin of the elements; white dwarf stars, neutron stars, and black holes; the interstellar medium; structure and evolution of the Milky Way and other galaxies; the origin and fate of the Universe. Students must take PHYS 1050 concurrently with PHYS 1060 if they wish to fulfill the requirements of General Education Area VI. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or equivalent

PHYS 1050: Stars and Galaxies Laboratory (1 hr)

This is an astronomy laboratory course designed to illustrate and explore some of the topics covered in PHYS 1060 Introduction to Stars and Galaxies. Corequisites: PHYS 1060.

Dec.  9 Tue	- Final Exam  2:45pm-4:45pm (2 hours)
Dec. 12 Fri	- End of Fall Session
Dec. 16 Tue	- Grades due at Noon