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 09/05).
Introduction
to the Solar System |
Earth as a Peppercorn (web page) | Due 09/14: Homework given in lecture |

Lecture 2 (R 09/07). Solar
System From Earth: Positions in the Sky |
Chapt 1, Download and install the free program Stellarium (Stellarium web page ) | Due 09/14:
Ch 1, Probs. 1.2, 1.3 |

Lecture 3 (T 09/12). Telescopes
and Detectors |
Chapter 6, Section 6.1, 6.2 | Due 09/21.
Ch 6, Probs. 6.2, 6.9 (PDF Pages) Solar Eclipse Problem |

Lecture 4 (R 09/14). Kepler's
Laws |
Chapt 2, Section 2.1 (Article from Physics Today) |
Due 09/21:
Ch 2, Prob. 2.2, Mercury Problem |

Lecture 5 (T 09/19).
Newtonian
Mechanics |
Ch 2, Section 2.2 | Due 09/28:
Sun and Venus Problems |

Lecture 6 (R 09/21). Orbital
Mechanics I |
Ch. 2, Section 2.3. Sky Live 3D Solar System | Due 09/28:
Ch 2, Prob. 2.12, 2.14 |

Lecture 7 (T 09/26). Orbital
Mechanics II |
Ch. 2, Sections 2.2-2.3 |
Due 10/05: Orbital Energy Problems 1, 2, 3. |

Lecture 8 (R 09/28). Interstellar Medium |
Chapter 12, Sections 12.1 | Due 10/05:
Ch. 12, Probs. 12.1, 12.3, 12.4 |

Lecture 9 (T 10/03). Protostar Formation |
Chapter 12, Section 12.2 | Due 10/12: Ch. 12, Probs. Lecture 9 problems |

(R 10/05).
Test
on Mechanics and Orbits (Study Guide) |
Chapters 1,2,6 | |

Lecture 10 (T 10/10). Search for Extrasolar Planets |
Chapter 7, Section 7.4, Chapter 23, Section 23.1 | Due 10/19:
Ch. 23, Probs. Lecture 10 problems |

Lecture 11 (R 10/12).
Formation of Planetary Systems |
Chapter 23, Section 23.2 | Due 10/26:
Ch. 23, Probs. 23.5, 23.9, Lecture 11 problem |

Lecture 12 (T 10/17).
Physical Processes of the Solar System: Tidal Effects |
Chapter 19, Sections 19.1-19.2 | Due 10/26:
Ch. 19, Probs. Lecture 12 problems |

Lecture 13 (R 10/19).
Physical Processes of the Solar System: Atmospheres |
Chapter 19, Sections 19.3 | Due 11/02:
Ch. 19, Probs. Lecture 13 problems |

Lecture Number and Title |
Reading Assignment |
Homework Assignment |

Lecture 14 (T 10/24) Mercury |
Chapter 20, Sections 20.1, 20.4 (see also 19.3) | Due 11/02: 20.2, 20.5, Lecture 14 problem |

(R 11/02) Test on Formation of Planetary Systems (Study Guide) |
Chapters 12, 19, 23 | |

Lecture 15 (R 11/07). Venus, Earth, Moon |
Chapter 20, Sections 20.2-20.4 | Due 11/09: 20.8, 20.9 |

Lecture 16 (R 11/09). Mars (check out this image of the day) | Chapter 20, Section 20.5 | Due 11/16: None |

Lecture 17 (T 11/14). Giant Planets |
Chapter 21, Sections 21.1, 21.3 | Due 11/21: Lecture 17 problems |

Lecture 18 (R 11/16). Saturn, Moons and Rings |
Chapter 21 , Sections 21.2, 21.3 | Due 11/21: None |

Lecture 19 (T 11/21).
Moons and Rings of the Other Giant Planets |
Chapter 21, Section 21.2 | Due 11/30: Lecture 19 problems |

Lecture 20 (T 11/28).
Pluto, Kuiper Belt Also, presentation by Mohamed Miraoui on Pluto. |
Chapter 22, Sections 22.1-22.2 | Due 12/07: None |

Lecture 21 (R 11/30). Asteroids, Comets and Meteors ppt file Lecture html Class visit by NJIT alum John Decker, recently retired NASA engineer. Also, presentation by Nadder Azzam on planetary migration. |
Chapter 22, Sections 22.3-22.4 Podcast (mp3 file) | Due 12/07: 22.8, 22.10 Lecture 21 problem |

Lecture 22 (T 12/05).
The Sun |
Chapter 11, Sections 11.1-11.2 | Due 12/12: Lecture 22 problems |

Lecture 23 (R 12/07).
Solar Activity |
Chapter 11, Section 11.3 | Due 12/12: Lecture 23 problems |

Lecture 24 (T 12/12).
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 |

(TBD) Final
Exam (Study
Guide) |
Chapters 1, 2, 6, 11, 12, 19-23 (Rm TBD) |