ASTR 403 ASTRONOMY FOR TEACHERS
SCHEDULE FALL 2014 (TENTATIVE)
Plus Observing Sessions TBD

First meeting Mon Aug 25
6:00-9:00 pm, HBH 223
Class overview; filling out of forms and pretest; installation of Space Update DVD; Overview of the Universe; Overview of the Galaxy (BRING A LAPTOP)
Mon SEPT 1, WILL BE RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF LABOR DAY, HBH 223
Introduction to Celestial coordinates; Motion of the Sky through the night; Changes during the year; changes from changes in latitude or location
MON SEPT 8, BRK 230 (6-9 pm) The sky in the planetarium dome: celestial coordinates, motion of the sky at night
Mon, Sept 15, HBH 223 (6-9 pm) Properties of Light; spectroscopy; doppler shift; Universe in various wavelengths; introduction to parallax
Mon, Sept 22 HBH 223 (6-9 pm) Calculations of distances using parallax and standard candles. Small-angle trigonometry. Activity: size and distance of the Moon.
Mon Sept 29, HBH 223 (6-9 pm) More on celestial coordinates; Galactic coordinates and galactic rotation.
Mon Oct 6, HBH 223 (6-9 pm) Cosmology and the Expansion of the Universe; "Missing Mass"
SATURDAY TBD, (if clear), starting 8 pm (Backup Date TBD) OVERNIGHT at George Observatory, Brazos Bend State Park (bring sleeping bags and floor pads)
Mon Oct 13, HBH 223 (6-9 pm)
(We will have class this day and will take our fall break on Oct 20)
Review; quiz 1; Plan for Sally Ride Fest
Oct 25, Rice Engineering Quad, 10 am - 4 pm Sally Ride Science Festival (help with event)
Mon Oct 27 Birth and Life of Stars; H-R Diagram
Mon Nov 3 More on Stars: Fusion, Corona, Solar flares
Mon Nov 10 Death of Stars: red giants, planetary nebulae, white dwarfs
Mon Nov 17 Search for Extrasolar planetary systems
Mon Nov 24 Supernovas, neutron stars, Black Holes, wormholes and other exotic topics
Mon Dec 1 Class presentations, review for Quiz (takehome quiz; take from Dec 10-17)
Latest update: June 16, 2014