will be offered in the Fall Term of 2013.
Physics 2151 is an introductory astronomy course with no physics prerequisites.
It is open to first-year students and above. A knowledge of high school-level algebra is assumed.
(While the calendar description gives a pre-requisite of two
semesters of Math, this is unnecessary, and will be waived on request;
see Dr. Forbes.)
This course is an introduction to the Universe! Topics include light and gravity, the lives and deaths of stars, the
stuff between the stars, supernovae and neutron stars, black holes and relativity, galaxies, cosmology, dark matter, dark energy and the Big
Bang, and the prospect of life elsewhere.
There will be opportunities to use
Grenfell Campus Observatory's 0.6m telescope for an observing-based project - weather permitting. More information will be given in class.
- Dr. Douglas Forbes
- Office: AS 3028 (new building)
- Phone: 637-6295
dforbes at grenfell dot mun dot ca
- Stars and Galaxies
(8th Edition, 2012), by Backman & Seeds
Check out the Astronomy links on this website.
Find out about the
Grenfell Campus Observatory!
- We will concentrate on four "big ideas": the sky at
night, light & atoms, the structure and lives of stars, and galaxies
|Week 1 - 2
||Sky, Moon, History, Telescopes
||Chapter 1 - 6
|Week 3 - 5
||Light and Atoms, Spectra, Sun, Stars
||Chapter 6 - 9
||ISM, Stellar Structure & Evolution
||Chapter 10 - 13
|Week 7 - 9
||Stellar Death, Milky Way, Galaxies
||Chapter 14 - 16
|Week 10 - 12
||Galaxies & Universe, Origin of Everything
||Chapter 17 - 18
||Quiz 1 Friday
||Quiz 2 Thurs.
||Quiz 3 Tues.
- As a significant portion of your class grade (20
will be assigned to a group of three or four students. Together you will
choose an object from a list to observe with the Grenfell Campus telescope
and analyse the images using image processing software to highlight a
particular scientific aspect of the object. Your results will be
presented in a poster that you and your group will design and
display towards the end of the term.
- More information will be handed out and
discussed in an early lecture.
More information here.
Policy on missed tests:
- Please be aware that
missed quizzes will receive a mark of zero. Anyone who is prevented
by illness or bereavement or other acceptable cause, duly
authenticated, from writing a test, may request
an exemption from this policy.
Your attention is drawn to University regulations governing academic
offences, particularly plagiarism. Anyone found guilty of an academic
offence can expect, at the very least, to receive a mark of zero for the
work in question.
You will find a reasonably good selection of books on astronomy and
related topics in the Ferriss Hodgett Library on campus. The main astronomy
titles are to be found in the QB section. Some related titles will be
found in the neighbouring physics and earth sciences stacks. There are also
some astronomy titles in the QB section of the reference stacks -
most of the star atlases are kept there. The Campus library also carries
Sky and Telescope,
Astronomy, Scientific American,
New Scientist, among others, which
often feature articles and up-to-date- reports on astronomy. Also, there are
nearly an infinite number of astronomy-related sites on the Internet.
Also see The Bookshelf page,
elsewhere in the Physics site.
Astronomy on the Web:
A short list of astronomy links can be found within this web site.
An excellent starting place is
Portal to the Universe.
are some other Canadian observatories and research centres. Check
them out and find out what Canadian astronomers are doing to explore the
Observatory, Halifax, NS
Telescope (CFHT), Hawaii
Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), Toronto
Astrophysical Observatory (DAO), Victoria, BC
Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton, BC
Herzberg, a division of the National Research
Council of Canada
Gemini 8m Telescopes Project
Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Mégantic Observatory, Quebec