Astronomy 1210 (O'Connell)
Lectures in this course will not always closely follow the
textbook, and some will be entirely independent of it.
The study guides contain reading assignments for each lecture and
notes on the main points which will be covered in the lecture together with
pertinent illustrations and web links. Each guide will be posted
to the web site before the relevant lecture.
The current semester's guides are highlighted in
Most guides are in HTML format for easiest retrieval by browser over
the Web. For PDF material you will need an Adobe reader.
The guides are designed to be displayed in a window with an aspect
ratio matching standard printer paper in "portrait" orientation: height:width =
It will be to your advantage to have done the assigned reading
before coming to class, but you are not required to
have done so.
To take full advantage of the guides, you should print out a hardcopy
of each guide before the lecture and bring it to class with you.
Plan to annotate the guides with your own notes during class.
Browsers are notoriously variable in the protocols
used to convert web pages to hardcopies. Most guides have dark text
on a light background for best results as hardcopies, but colored text
may not be satisfactorily printed from your browser. If you have
trouble making hardcopies, try using the "Print Preview" feature of
your browser to see what your print will look like. You can usually
adjust printing parameters if it's not right.
Links to other useful information or pertinent illustrations are
included on the guides and also on the
ASTR 1210 Web
You are encouraged to use these to make the subject matter more
interesting or clear...but you are not expected to know any of
this additional material unless it is discussed in class or listed
as an assignment on a study guide.
Some of the material shown during classes is also posted here in the
form of PowerPoint files. These are usually a superset of the slides
used in a given class meeting and are provided more as a resource for
other teachers rather than as self-contained reproductions of the
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October 2014 by rwo
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