Summary: PHYSICS 109
Instructor: Paul Anderson
Office: 308 Olin Physical Laboratory
Web site: http://www.wfu.edu/~anderson/astronomy/
Office Hours: 10-11 on Tuesday, 11-12 on Thursday, or by appointment.
Text: The Essential Cosmic perspective, Sixth Edition, by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit.
You also need access to the Mastering Astronomy web site and the Starry Night College planetarium
Description: Physics 109 is an intensive introductory course in astronomy. Topics covered include the
solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole. Elementary physics and mathematics are used to
obtain both a qualitative and a quantitative understanding of astronomy.
Online Homework: To encourage you to keep up with the reading assignments online homework
assignments will be given before most classes. You must have finished the assignment one-half hour
before class begins. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for that assignment. You are allowed to
use the textbook and your class notes to help you answer the questions and you may ask the instructor about
the questions, but you may not get help from any other person or source. The homework assignments
will be accessed through the web site at www.MasteringAstronomy.com. You will need to register for
this web site. If you purchased a new copy of the text from the campus bookstore then this will be free. If