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Early on Astronomy Lab Manual, sold in the book shop. You will be ... Test the forecasts by investigation or, in cosmology, by perception. ...
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Welcome to Intro Astronomy AST 1001-107/108 Dr. Dan Caton Lab: Dr. Jon Saken

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What we will do today… Background information Go over course syllabus Discuss course targets Why study space science?

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Astronomy at ASU ~10-20 majors and a couple graduate understudies (imminent majors need to meet with division guides) I am one of 4 Ph.D. space experts here Me: BA & MA, USF; Ph.D. Univ. Fla.

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Syllabus We will go over however not on paper – all online on WebCT

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Office Hours… Around more than this … MyDoor join on WebCT

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Telecommunication 262‑2446 (fax - 2049) email: catondb@appstate.edu (I check my email throughout the day (M-F) and will answer) Read or forward your ASU email! Errand people: AIM: Buddy DanielBCaton, MSN: Add contact via scanning for DansDesktop@hotmail.com (I don\'t utilize the Hotmail email, so don\'t send messages there) My landing page: www.Dan.Caton.name WWW page for this course : found on the WebCT framework Dr. Jon Saken (lab) sakenjm@appstate.edu

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Textbooks The Cosmos:Astronomy in the New Millennium , 2 nd Ed., Pasachoff and Filippenko, 2004. This is a soft cover issued to you at the book shop under the lease arrangement. Note that there is an alternate content utilized by alternate areas of AST 1001! Ensure you get the right book! Devil Haunted World , Carl Sagan, soft cover, $15 Introductory Astronomy Lab Manual, sold in the book shop. You will be given a 3-ring fastener in lab.

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Where and when… Lecture : CAP 150, 3:30‑4:45 Tuesday & Thursday. Lab : S306 Rankin South (not 354 as in calendar) , Thursday night as booked. Beginning this week. (May swap early/late on Thursday) The story on lab this year …

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Description This course is the first of a two‑semester arrangement that fulfills the Core Curriculum Natural Science prerequisite. It is additionally a ND (Numerical Data) course. This course for the most part covers nearby planetary group astronomy‑‑planets, the moon, comets, meteors, and some basics‑‑light, optics, and telescopes. We may choose to digress from this methodology fairly , in view of things of present or topical interest. This course is an essential for AST 1002, which covers sunlight based, stellar and galactic space science.

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Attendance… "80% of achievement is simply appearing" (Woody Allen) Lecture Attendance: Lecture participation is normal since exams are construct fundamentally with respect to address material. Participation will likewise be checked with arbitrarily given pop tests. Understudies missing address classes are in charge of discovering from their cohorts whether there were any reported lab plan changes. Lab Attendance: 3 strikes and you are out, miss two open air labs and you are out (and additionally obliged Intro to Telescope lab)

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Exams Two one-hour exams The Final Exam is part "Exam 3" and part exhaustive, and is planned for 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm, on Wednesday, December 14, 2005, here in CAP 150

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Special Needs Students with unique inabilities are welcome to unveil exceptional requirements to the teacher.

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Homework activities are to be done first on scratch paper and afterward conveniently replicated, in pencil, onto the paper gave, and turned in toward the start of the class session on the due date. Chaotic work or collapsed/wrinkled/folded papers will get a diminished evaluation. Homework reviewing incorporates language structure, spelling, and right utilization of math and huge figures. No credit will be given for homework turned in after it has been reviewed and returned.

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Grades See syllabus on WebCT for weighting of evaluations + one letter in light of support, positive or negative ( that is life… ). Positive: discourse, and so on. Negative: intrusions, discourteous section/exit, cells, and so forth. Evaluations will be posted (WebCT) Seniors don\'t need to graduate… Projected evaluation scale … ostensible

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Extra Credit Extra credit work is not doled out or acknowledged. This is on account of such work is generally done in lieu of the required work that has been relegated as a component of a sensibly thoroughly considered educational programs, and is subsequently counter-intuitive

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Schedule First eight sections in Pasachoff (shorter book) – no definite timetable Half of Sagan (may pick and pick) Side examinations as news creates (case: Sun launched out Coronal Mass Ejections yesterday—aurora today evening time and tomorrow night?) We will cover the nuts and bolts From Statesville SpaceWeather.com for information…

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Style(s) PowerPoint (posted on WebCT). "Chalk-talk" (however might be computerized pen and posted on web) Demonstrations (energizing and risky!) Videos Web investigation Impromptu examinations

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Caffeine/nicotine break 3 rd floor outside

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Objective #1: Scientific Method versus Pseudoscience This will be the subject of talk of Sagan\'s book. Until further notice…

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Which one of these is genuine science? Crystal gazing (horoscopes) Homeopathic pharmaceutical Dowsing for water Faith recuperating None of these Take a moment to examine …

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Popular Astro-Pseudoscience UFOs/Conspiracy Theory (perhaps verifiable?) Related (?): Brown Mountain Lights Crop Circles, Christmas trees Astrology … Let\'s do a test

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Exceptions? Skewing PC measurements Children reviewing past lives Reading considerations anticipated at you… Sagan, p. 302

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Scientific Method Develop a speculation and make forecasts taking into account it. Test the expectations by test or, in space science, by perception. (Issue with UFOs) Modify speculation and rehash as required until it might form into a considerable hypothesis . Hypotheses that appear to be so entrenched that they are unrealistic to not be right are in some cases called truths . Some settled upon, others wrangled about (attraction, human development).

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Occams Razor Occams Razor is a rule that says that given option clarifications or hypotheses that clarify a wonder, the least difficult is destined to be valid.

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Objective #2: Numbers Measure, record information Treatment of numbers (huge figures) Computer reenactments Systems, hypotheses and models Theory and information match + blunders

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Objective #3: Language The dialect of science: cosmic terms Scientific productions

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Objective #4: The Web Resources (.gov, .edu … ) Evaluating a Web webpage – that it is so natural to distribute (.organization, .com … )

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Objective #5: Science as a Human Activity Environment Global warming Nuclear waste End of oil time Big Science $ Science & military "Astute Design" Science in the media (have effectively posted a few things)

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Importance of Astronomy? Most honorable: the mission to simply know! Battle Pseudoscience and the misuse of lives (James Randi story; UFOlogy) Practical? Spinoffs, possibly. More vital…

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Deep Impact? "Back of envelope" estimation (Sagan, p. xiv)

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Our Sun: The Maunder Minimum

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Are We Alone?

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Our general arrangement this semester Overview: appearance of the sky, separation size of the universe Light: generation and centering The Changing sky: movements obvious and genuine Gravitation and movement The planets: our own and exoplanets Construction trash

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For next time Read Pasachoff, Preface and Ch. 1 Start Sagan, Preface and Chapter 1 Will have lab points of interest Thursday, yet get your lab manual when you can. Turn in your horoscope frames as you leave…

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