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Astronomy 123 introduces students to the structure and evolution of our galaxy
and the Universe. Galaxies similar to the Milky Way, and those much different,
are studied, leading to an understanding of the place of our galaxy within the
vast Universe. The course includes an introduction to the theories of the forces
of nature as they pertain to this study. The place of humankind in the
Universe is examined. The search for extraterrestrial life is discussed,
and the course concludes with a lecture on cosmic catastrophes!
Prof. Jim Brau
Telephone: (541) 346-4766
(enter through 414 Willamette)
Tue    12:00 noon - 1:50
Thur    1:00 pm - 1:50
100 Willamette Hall
Mon 11-11:30 am
Wed 10-11:30 am
(or by appointment)
Chaisson and McMillan
Seventh Edition, 2011
associated web site
Course Outline for Astronomy 123 (Tentative - 12/15/10)
Students should read the material before the lecture
in order to benefit
most from the discussions in class.
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Tentative Exam Schedule
(Caution: dates may change and will be set during term. )
Fourth exam is optional, as only best three exam scores count for grade.
Thursday, January 20
Thursday, February 3
Thursday, February 24
Thursday, March 10
chapters 23 & 24
chapters 26 & 27
chapter 28 & cosmic catastrophes
Four midterm exams will be given, with the course grade based
equally on the three highest midterm scores.
There will be no make-up exams. Successful completion (C or better grade)
on three of the exams
is required to pass the course. One exam is optional,
as long as three exams are passed with a grade of C or better.
Class attendance is mandatory as the exams will contain material
from the lectures as well as the textbook. There will also be occasional
short quizzes given in class for extra credit. Students must be able to
calculate numerical problems using fundamental algebra to earn an A
in the course.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. This includes any form of cheating,
plariarism, or fabrication. All work must be your own, produced exclusively
for this course. For additional information on plagiarism, refer to the
UO Library information.
Academic dishonesty can result in receipt of a failing grade on
the specific assignment or even receiving an F in the course.
Additional information on academic conduct is available from
Every violation will be dealt with seriously and noted on student disciplinary