Syllabus in .doc format
Time: 7:20 PM to 10:00 PM
Place: Science and
Technology II 7, Fairfax Campus
A. Freedman and W. J. Kaufmann III, Universe,
W. H. Freeman and Company, 2005.
Name: Dr. Jie Zhang
Office Hour: Monday 2:00 – 3:00
PM or by appointment.
Course URL: http://spaceweather.gmu.edu/SWP/classes/ASTR111_2006/index.html.
Lecture notes, grades and other resources will be posted in this
This course introduces students to modern
astronomy, which is about our current understanding of the universe.
topics include the eclipses, Moon, Earth, planets, origin of solar
nature of gravitation and light. This course also discusses the
physical laws, the
scientific methods and critical thinking that lead to astronomical
It is a conceptual-based course using a minimal amount
of algebra and
geometry. All lecture notes are made in Microsoft PPT format, and will
posted online. The associated laboratory course, ASTR 112, is strongly
recommended, but it is not a required part of this course.
This is the first course in a
two-semester sequence with a laboratory. The sequence of ASTR 111, 112
114 satisfies the 8-credit laboratory science requirement for
This course also serves as a science elective for science majors.
None. For those taking
associated lab (ASTR 112),
there are quizzes and lab exercises, which reinforce the learning from
There will be 4 total exams, 1 final at
the data/time scheduled by the University and 3
one-hour-long IN-CLASS exams during regular classes. The lowest
grade of the 3 in-class exams will be dropped. Example exam questions
provided and discussed in the classes. These questions may appear in
There will be NO make-up exams and no
rescheduling of the
All exams will be closed book and closed
exams. All exams comprise only multiple-choice type questions. Please
each student (1) must present their George Mason
Photo ID in order to be admitted to
the mid-term and the final examinations, and (2) must bring PARSCORE
Green Scantron (available in University Bookstore)
FINAL exam counts 40% of the grade
for the semester. Each IN-CLASS exam counts 30% of your grade, and it
is 60% in total. If, and only if, you take
all 3 in-class exams, your lowest grade will be dropped of the 3
Honor Code Adherence
You are expected to adhere
to the George
Mason University student honor
code, as> noted
in the school catalogue:
shares in the tradition of an honor system that has existed in Virginia since
Honor Code is an integral part of university life.
On the application for admission, students
sign a statement agreeing to conform to and uphold the Honor Code. Therefore, students are responsible for
understanding the provisions of the code.
In the spirit of the code, a student's word is a
declaration of good
faith acceptable as truth in all academic matters.
Therefore, cheating and attempted cheating,
plagiarism, lying, and stealing of academic work and related materials
constitute Honor Code violations. To
maintain an academic community according to these standards, students
faculty must report all alleged violations of the Honor Code to the
Committee. Any student who has knowledge
of, but does not report, an Honor Code violation may be accused of
the Honor Code."