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Faculty of Science Course Syllabus
Department of Physics
PHYC 2452
Astronomy II: Stars and Beyond
Winter 2016
[email protected]
Dunn 121A
Instructor(s): David Tindall
Tuesday Evenings 19:05 - 21:55 (Dunn 101), with two ten minute breaks.
There will also be occasional optional observing and planetarium sessions.
Laboratories: None
Submit course syllabus to your Depart office for posting on the Dept website prior to the start of term
Submit requests for final exam exemptions to the Dean’s office at least 2 weeks prior to the start of term
The following information should be included, as a minimum, in every course syllabus.
Course Description
PHYC 2452 Astronomy II: Stars and Beyond
This course is the second part of an introduction to astronomy for science students. This course builds
on the knowledge gained in the first half of PHYC 2451.03 to study the nearest star (the sun) and
develops this to explain the behaviour of objects outside the Solar System like stars, pulsars, quasars
and black holes. Finally, galaxies and the Universe as a whole (cosmology) are studied with questions
like, "will the universe expand forever - or will it collapse in the Big Crunch"? How do we know all of
this and how well do we know it?
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: PHYC 2451.03 or permission of the instructor
Course Prerequisites
PHYC 2451.03 or permission of the instructor. Other previous Physics is not required!
A familiarity with simple Mathematics (no calculus!): Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Logarithms and
Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes
A good awareness of how the Laws of Physics can explain many of the marvellous things we see
in the Universe.
Course Materials
- Text: "Universe" by Roger A. Freedman, Robert M. Geller & William J. Kaufmann III;
10th Ed.
Web-page: myweb.dal.ca/tindall/astronomy
Course Assessment
Include dates and times for all tests, quizzes and exams, including lab exams. If appropriate, include due
dates for assignments.
NOTE: An exemption is required if you are not planning to hold a final exam scheduled by the Registrar’s
Office for the final exam period. Submit your syllabus along with your request (and reason for the
request) to the Assistant Dean ([email protected]) at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes.
Final exam
Weight (% of final grade)
20% each
Feb 9th and Mar 8th (50 mins each)
(Scheduled by Registrar) – 3 hours
Approximately biweekly
Other course requirements
Conversion of numerical grades to Final Letter Grades follows the Dalhousie Common Grade Scale
A+ (90-100)
B+ (77-79)
C+ (65-69)
B (73-76)
C (60-64)
A- (80-84)
B- (70-72)
C- (55-59)
Course Policies
Assignments are due at the beginning of class
Late assignments will not be marked.
In order to facilitate marking of the assignments, please observe these Guidelines:
a) Use 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
b) You do not have to do the questions in the order given, but start each question on a new
sheet of paper.
c) Clearly indicate the question number at the top right hand corner of the page.
d) Submit your assignment with a covering sheet clearly showing your name, class number and
assignment number. You may find it convenient to use the assignment sheet itself for this.
e) Arrange your answers to the questions in the order given and securely staple all the sheets
together in the top left hand comer.
f) Show your working ... few marks will be given for the answer itself ... I want to see that you
understand the problem.
g) Try to be neat.
Plagiarism (See also “Academic Integrity” below):
Part of the learning process in Physics comes from discussing ideas and problems with others
and I have no wish to prevent this - quite the contrary, in fact - I recognise that often you will
learn much from discussions with your fellow students. Consequently, in PHYC 2451 & 2452 it
is permissible to discuss assignments with others, but the material submitted must be your own
work; certainly not copied from another student's assignment.
As a particular example, in the case of those questions which require measurements to be
made, you must make and record those yourself, independently.
If you have any questions about this please contact me.
Course Content
“Universe” Chaps 16-22: "Stars & Stellar Evolution" Chaps 23-27: "Galaxies and Cosmology"
For further details see the website for the text:
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responsibility of all students to be familiar with behaviours and practices associated with academic
integrity. Instructors are required to forward any suspected cases of plagiarism or other forms of
academic cheating to the Academic Integrity Officer for their Faculty.
The Academic Integrity website (http://academicintegrity.dal.ca) provides students and faculty with
information on plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, and has resources to help students
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