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: 12/23/03 5:50PM

Displays from lecture ... About Ritter Planetarium ... Links to astronomy resources

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.

Happy holidays!

Study guides: not to be turned in for extra credit but may help focus your studying.

Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Test 4 Test 5 Test 6 Test 7 Final Exam

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.

Wednesday, December 10 (PDF, 88k) ... Hubble Deep Field

Monday, December 8 (PDF, 724k)

Wednesday, December 3 (PDF, 112k) then review, then Test 7

Pulsar diagram ... artist's conception of an X-ray binary system

Monday, December 1 (PDF, 148k)

Monday, November 24 (PDF, 124k)

Eagle Nebula in Serpens ... Hubble view of pillars ... Full view of Orion ... Orion Belt/Sword region ... Hubble view of Orion Nebula ... Infrared view

Wednesday, November 19 (PDF, 80k)

Monday, November 17 (PDF, 204k)

Wednesday, November 12 (PDF, 92k) - the Sun

Some of the images I used in class are no longer available on the Web. In those cases, the links point to similar images.

Monday, November 10 (PDF, 124k) - Meteorites, asteroids, comets

Wednesday, November 5 (PDF, 48k) - Saturn's rings, Titan, review, Test 5

Monday, November 3 (PDF, 104k) - Jovian planets & Galilean satellites

Wednesday, October 29 (PDF, 112k) - Mars, Comparative Planetology

Monday, October 27 (PDF, 136k) - Venus & Mars

Wednesday, October 22 (PDF, 32k) - Moon, interpretation & history; review; Test 4

Wednesday, October 15 (PDF, 80k) - Earth & Moon

Monday, October 13 (PDF, 96k) - origin of the solar system

Wedneday, October 8, 2003: no new material; review only

Monday, October 6 (PDF, 124k)

Wednesday, October 1 (PDF, 168k)

Monday, September 29 (PDF, 284k)

Wednesday, September 24 (PDF, 28k) - a little new material, mostly review

Monday, September 22 (PDF, 224k)

Wednesday, September 17 (PDF, 104k)

Monday, September 15 (PDF, 196k)

Wednesday, September 10 - No new material, only review

Monday, September 8 (PDF, 108k)

Wednesday, September 3 (PDF, 112k)

Demonstrations with Voyager Sky Gazer: apparent motion of the Moon, phases of the Moon, geometry of eclipses

Monday, September 1 - no class

Wednesday, August 27 (PDF, 499k)

Monday, August 25

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: