Astronomy 3: Introductory Astronomy:
Planetary Systems
(formerly
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System)
Fall 2013
Instructor:
Prof. Jonathan Fortney
Office: ISB 275
Email: jfortney
.at. ucsc.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30  3:00
pm
Lecture times: TTh 2:00  3:45 pm
Lecture room: Thiman Lecture Hall 3
Discussion sections: see below.
Important
information:
TA Chris Mankovich will give lecture on Tuesday, 10/8, as Prof. Fortney will be out of town. Prof. Fortney's
office hours on 10/9 will be moved to Thursday, 10/10 from 911 a.m.
Updates and news will get
posted here during the quarter, so watch this space
The syllabus PDF from the first day of class is here.
Lecture PDF for:
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Midterm Study Guide
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Final Study Guide
1 The text book: Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, 7th edition, Bennett et al.
2 Access to the web site for the text book: www.masteringastronomy.com. The course ID is AY3FORTNEY.
3 An iClicker interactive remote.
4 Your student ID number so that you can register on www.masteringastronomy.com (hereafter referred to as MA) and register your iClicker. Your student ID number is seven digits long and has no leading letters.
I believe that your cheapest option is to BUY the textbook FROM THE BOOKSTORE.
Teaching Assistants:
Emily Cunningham, eccunnin@ucsc.edu, office hours: Mon 3:304:30, Tues 56, Weds 11:3012:30, ISB 255
Chris Mankovich, cmankovi@ucsc.edu, office hours: Tues 1112 and 45, I SB 355
Course material for Astronomy 3, Planetary Systems:
Lecture and Discussion Section times
Homework assignments will all be available through the www.masteringastronomy.com web page.
Lecture Notes will be linked here.
Syllabus (will be updated throughout the term):
Week #, Dates 
Reading 
Topics 
week
1 
Chapter 1 
A short introduction to
the course and course content , seasons 
week
2 10/3 
Chapter 2 (all, but 2.1 briefly) Chapter 3 (all, but 3.1 and 3.2 briefly) 
seasons, moon phases, history of
astronomy orbits, Kepler's
laws, nature of science, HW1 
week
3 10/10 
Chapter 4 (4.14.4) Chapters 4 and 5 (4.55.4) 
NewtonÕs
Laws, Energy Matter
and Light, HW2 
week
4 10/17 
End of Chapter 5, Start of Chapter 7 Chapter 7, first part of Chapter 8 
overview of the Solar System formation of the Solar System, HW3 
week
5 10/24 
End of Chapter 8, start of Chapter 14 Chapter 9 
the Sun geology/geophysics of terrestrial
planets I, HW4 
week
6 10/31 
Chapter 9 MIDTERM 
geology/geophysics of terrestrial
planets II MIDTERM 
week
7 11/7 
Chapter 10 Chapter 10 
atmospheres of terrestrial planets I atmospheres of terrestrial planets II, HW5 
week
8 11/14 
Chapter 11 Chapter 11 
giant planets I giant planets II and their satellites , HW6 
week
9 11/21 
Chapter 12 Chapter 13 
asteroids, meteorites, dwarf planets,
comets planetary systems around other stars I,
HW7 
week
10 11/28 
Chapter 13 THANKSGIVING 
planetary systems around other stars II 
week
11 12/5 
Chapter 13 Chapter 24 
planetary systems around other stars
III, HW8 life in the solar system and in
other systems 
Final exam time: 
Tuesday, 10 Dec, 8  11 am 
Topics:
This is a oneterm introductory course
on planetary systems, covering the properties of the solar system and other planetary
systems. Topics include the Sun, solar system exploration, the physical nature
of the Earth and the other planets, comets and asteroids, the origin of the
solar system, the possibility of life on other worlds, planet formation, and
the discovery and characterization of planets beyond the solar system. It is
intended for nonscience majors.
The class syllabus contains a detailed calendar listing weekly topics, homework
deadlines, exam dates, and holidays. There may be some deviations from this
syllabus depending on our rate of progress and any special topics that
come up in current research.
Textbook & Other Resources:
The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System, 7^{th} Edition, with MasteringAstronomy (Bennet, Donahue, Schneider, & Voit), Pearson.
There is a lot of information on active research in astronomy on the web. Here
are a few links to get you started:
A
pictorial tour of the Solar System
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The
Best of Hubble Space Telescope Pictures
Emphasis and Advice:
We will emphasize scientific methods and the process of discovery, reasoning, and understanding. The goal is not just memorizing facts about planets. Students are expected to develop a quantitative grasp of key astrophysical concepts.
The course material is selfcontained.
No previous collegelevel math, physics, or astronomy is required. It will be
assumed, however, that the student has mastered elementary arithmetic, algebra,
and powers, and has some familiarity with
scientific concepts and reasoning. A background in math or physics will help,
but is not necessary to succeed in the class. Some of the best students
in previous classes have been nonscience majors
who took a strong interest in the course material.
It is advisable to purchase a small inexpensive calculator, if you do not
already own one. Be sure to get one that does powers and roots. Questions and
classroom discussion are encouraged, both for your benefit and to help me
properly pace the course. Please browse astronomy web
sites and share your findings, comments, questions, etc
in class.
To get the most out of class (and a good grade), it is critical that you attend
lectures. In order to get the most out of lectures, it is also a really good
idea to read the chapter before hand so that you are familiar with the
material. It is also extremely important to attend discussion sections.
Students who do not attend both discussion sections and lecture are at a huge
disadvantage for exams, homework, and the overall grade.
iClickers:
10%
Homeworks: 25%
Midterm: 30%
Final: 35% (Tuesday, December 10, 8
– 11 am)
Homework:
There will be homework assignments every week to help you digest the material. All homework will be assigned via the textbook web site: www.masteringastronomy.com. You can register on that web site using the code that is in your textbook if you purchase a new book from the UCSC bookstore. If you arrange to get a used book, you will need to purchase access to the web site also.
To register, you will need your student ID, and you will also need the course ID, which has been emailed to all of you. You should expect to spend 23 hours per week reading the material in addition to the time required for the homework. You will find that the web site contains a lot of additional resources to help you understand the information. Explore it!
Your grade on the homework assignments
will be clear as you complete the homework. Each assignment will be worth a
certain number of points. Your final homework grade will simply be the fraction
of the points you have earned during the term relative to the total number
possible.
Homework assignments will appear each week on the
course web page at www.masteringastronomy.com. Each homework assignment will be
available until its posted due date. Once that date/time is passed, the
assignment will be "closed" and there will be no way to get the
points for that homework. No exceptions can be made. You will be able to review
any homework assignment at any time during the term.
We will be using the iClicker remotes (electronic, handheld response pads) in most lectures to help you assess if you have understood the material and get feedback from the class. In most classes, you will get points for simply answering the questions, right or wrong. In some classes, the clickers will be used for a short quiz. If you skip lectures, or forget your clicker, you will not get the points from the questions or quiz that day. Come to lecture and bring your clicker!
Your iClicker
score will be the fraction of the total number of points you have accumulated
during the term compared to the total number of points possible. However, I
will reduce the total number of points possible by 10% before I calculate your
grades. In other words, you can miss about 2 lectures and still get up to 100%
of the credit from questions and quizzes.
It will be important to register your iClickers in
order for me to associate it with you! You can register any iClicker (new or used) for this class on the iClicker web site. Information about how to register
your iClicker can be found here.
Midterm and Final:
There will be one midterm and a final. You must take all exams in order to pass the course. The midterm will cover all material up to that point in the course. The final will cover material from the whole term with a slight emphasis on the 2nd half.
Discussion
Sections:
Discussion sections are strongly encouraged.
More importantly, this is your primary opportunity to ask questions outside of
lecture and get help working out particular problems. Be sure to take advantage
of this!
Tuesday
evening Section (01A) and Wednesday early morning section (01B) meet in
Physical Sciences 114.
Wednesday
late morning (01C) section and Friday afternoon section (01D) meet in Nat Sci Annex 101.
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 



8:009:10
am 01B (Emily) 



2:003:45
pm Lecture 
11:00 am12:10 pm 01C (Chris) 
2:003:45 pm Lecture 
3:304:40
pm 01D (Chris) 

6:007:10 pm 01A (Emily) 







