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, Fifth Edition, by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and
Description: Physics 109 is an intensive introductory course in astronomy. Topics covered include
the solar system, stars and stellar systems, 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 you purchased a used copy