Here are the approximate weights to be used for calculating the final grade and the final grade scale:

30% for the two common exams (15% each) | 85% and more | A |

30% for the final exam | 80% - 84% | B+ |

20% for the total homework grade | 70% - 79% | B |

20% for total attendance/class participation | 65% - 69% | C+ |

55% - 64% | C | |

50% - 54% | D | |

49% and less | F | |

Grades are not negotiable. A score of 84.99999% is a B+, not an A |

Lecture Number and Title |
Reading Assignment |
Homework Assignment |

Lecture 1 (T 09/04).
Introduction
to the Solar System |
Earth as a Peppercorn (web page) | Due 09/13: Homework given in lecture |

Lecture 2 (R 09/06). Solar
System From Earth: Positions in the Sky |
Chapt 1, Download and install the free program Stellarium (Stellarium web page ) | Due 09/13:
Ch 1, Probs. 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 (but do this for Newark's latitude), 1.8 |

Lecture 3 (T 09/11). Kepler's
Laws |
Chapt 2, Section 2.1 (Article from Physics Today) |
Due 09/20: Ch 2, Prob. 2.2, Mercury Problem |

Lecture 4 (R 09/13). Newtonian
Mechanics |
Ch 2, Section 2.2 | Due 09/20: ISS and Jupiter Problems |

Lecture 5 (T 09/18). Telescopes
and Detectors |
Chapter 6, Section 6.1, 6.2 | Due 09/27. Ch 6, Probs. 6.2, 6.9 (PDF Pages) Solar Eclipse Problem |

Lecture 6 (R 09/20). Star Distances and Magnitudes |
Chapter 3, Section 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6 | Due 09/27. Ch 3, Lecture6_HW |

Lecture 7 (T 09/25). Orbital
Mechanics |
Ch. 2, Sections 2.2, 2.3. Sky Live 3D Solar System | Due 10/04: Ch 2, Prob. 2.13, 2.14 (but for prob. 2.14, instead of Comet Halley, answer using the object 2002 VE68, whose period is 224.82 days and eccentricity is 0.41), Lecture07_HW, |

Lecture 8 (R 09/27). Interstellar Medium |
Chapter 12, Sections 12.1 | Due 10/04:
Ch. 12, Probs. 12.4, Lecture 8 problems |

Lecture 9 (T 10/02, T 10/09). Protostar Formation |
Chapter 12, Section 12.2 | Due 10/18: Ch. 12, Probs. 12.17, Lecture 9 problems |

(R 10/04).
Test
on Mechanics and Orbits (Study Guide) Rm: 210 Kupfrian |
Chapters 1,2,3,6 Equation Sheet | |

Lecture 10 (R 10/11). Search for Extrasolar Planets |
Chapter 7, Section 7.4, Chapter 23, Section 23.1 | Due 10/18: Probs. Lecture 10 problems |

Lecture 11 (T 10/16). Formation of Planetary Systems |
Chapter 23, Section 23.2 | Due 10/25: Ch. 23, Probs. 23.5, 23.9, Lecture 11 problem |

Lecture 12 (R 10/18). Physical Processes of the Solar System: Tidal Effects |
Chapter 19, Sections 19.1-19.2 | Due 10/25: Ch. 19, Probs. Lecture 12 problems |

Lecture 13 (T 10/23). Physical Processes of the Solar System: Atmospheres |
Chapter 19, Sections 19.3 | Due 11/01: Ch. 19, Probs. Lecture 13 problems |

Lecture Number and Title |
Reading Assignment |
Homework Assignment |

Lecture 14 (R 10/25) Mercury |
Chapter 20, Sections 20.1, 20.4 (see also 19.3) | Due 11/01: 20.2, 20.5, Lecture 14 problem |

Lecture 15 (T 10/30). Venus, Earth, Moon |
Chapter 20, Sections 20.2-20.4 | Due 11/08: Ch. 20, Probs. 20.8, 20.9 |

(R 11/01) Test on Formation of Planetary Systems (Study Guide) Rm: 210 Kupfrian |
Chapters 12, 19, 23 | |

Lecture 16 (T 11/06). Mars (check out this image of the day) | Chapter 20, Section 20.5 | Due 11/15: None |

Lecture 17 (R 11/08). Giant Planets |
Chapter 21, Sections 21.1, 21.3 | Due 11/20: Lecture 17 problems |

Lecture 18 (T 11/13). Saturn, Moons and Rings |
Chapter 21 , Sections 21.2, 21.3 | Due 11/20: None |

Lecture 19 (T 11/20). Moons and Rings of the Other Giant Planets |
Chapter 21, Section 21.2 | Due 11/29: Lecture 19 problems |

Lecture 20 (T 11/27). Pluto, Kuiper Belt |
Chapter 22, Sections 22.1-22.2 | Due 12/06: None |

Lecture 21 (R 11/29). Asteroids, Comets and Meteors ppt file Lecture pptx |
Chapter 22, Sections 22.3-22.4 Podcast (mp3 file) | Due 12/06: 22.8, 22.10 Lecture 21 problem |

Lecture 22 (T 12/04). The Sun |
Chapter 11, Sections 11.1-11.2 | Due 12/11: Lecture 22 problems |

Lecture 23 (R 12/06). Solar Activity |
Chapter 11, Section 11.3 | Due 12/11: Lecture 23 problems |

Lecture 24 (T 12/11). Interplanetary
Space and the Heliosphere |
Chapter 11, Section 11.2 | |

Lecture 25 (skip). Life
in the Solar System |
None | |

Lecture 26 (skip). Review (Study Guide) |
None |

12/21 Final
Exam (Study
Guide) |
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 19-23 (Rm 100 ECEC) |