Greetings to students in ASTR1010-003 (MW 4:00-5:15) from the instructor, Nancy Morrison.
This page is intended to provide a backup copy of the materials displayed in lecture, access to the extra-credit homework, announcements relevant to the class, and access to the wealth of astronomical information on the World Wide Web. It is not intended as a substitute for regular class attendance.
Recent notices are shown in red. Latest update:
Final grades have now been posted to the university and also in WebCT. Information included in WebCT: total points earned on tests, including extra credit, with lowest two tests dropped; final exam score; total percentage points for course; and final letter grade.
You will now see a new item, "My Grades," in the course menu. Click on it to see your grades.
Study guides: not to be turned in for extra credit but may help focus your studying.
Information about extra credit for test corrections here and for sample tests here.
Optional constellation viewing opportunities, as originally planned, have been completed for the semester. However, I will schedule more sessions on request.
In case you have comments or questions about this page, please feel free to e-mail me at
or telephone me at 419-530-2659.
Many documents, for example the lecture notes, are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Try clicking on them. If your browser does not recognize them, you should install Acrobat Reader on your computer. It is freely available for downloading here. Or you may want to download the Acrobat Reader plugin for Netscape here. It may be a shorter download.
Syllabus, marked up with recent changes on test corrections, here
Study tips for success here .
Shows at Ritter Planetarium are optional but likely will be helpful in understanding the course content about the sky. More information here.
Materials to be displayed in lecture will be placed here, in PDF, before each class. After class, links to images shown will be added here and to the PDF file, where links are in blue type or in boxes.
Pulsar diagram ... artist's conception of an X-ray binary system
Eagle Nebula in Serpens ... Hubble view of pillars ... Full view of Orion ... Orion Belt/Sword region ... Hubble view of Orion Nebula ... Infrared view
Some of the images I used in class are no longer available on the Web. In those cases, the links point to similar images.
Demonstrations with Voyager Sky Gazer: apparent motion of the Moon, phases of the Moon, geometry of eclipses
Monday, September 1 - no class
- Sky demonstrations with "Starry Night" were included. The CD "Voyager Skygazer3.2," which comes with your textbook, includes a similar sky demonstration program. It doesn't have to installed on your hard drive but can be run from the CD. Therefore, you can use it on a lab computer.
If you turn natural daylight off and set the view angle to be about 90 by 45 degrees, you'll obtain a sky view similar to that shown in class. Experiment with this program to aid your understanding of the sky concepts presented.
Star trail photo
To access the on-line sample tests, enter UT's WebCT site. There, if you have used WebCT before, click the link to Fall 2003 courses.
If you have not used WebCT before, select the link below the label, "UTAD Account (forgot your WebCT userid, click on link below)." That link takes you to a page where you can learn your WebCT user ID. Your password is your birthdate, mm/dd/yyyy.
Before submitting your answers for grading, you are advised to
print out (using your browser's Print button) and study the questions.
Be aware that, when you log in to WebCT again to submit your answers, the answers will be presented in a different order. Choose your answer according to its wording, not according to the numbering.
For information about how the extra credit will be computed at the end of the semester, click here.
If you are having trouble with WebCT, please visit the Distance Learning Help Desk. To my knowledge, the reasons why you are having trouble may be:
- Using an incorrect user ID or not being registered in the class. Check with me on this.
- Using an unsupported Web browser. See the Help Desk for a list of acceptable browsers.
If your birth date is your password, you do need to type the slashes.
- A university error. In this case, you may have to pursue this at length with Distance Learning.