AST 113

Instructor: Peter Plavchan
Lecture Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30am-10:45am
Office Hours: Tuesday 11am-1pm; Thursday 11am-2pm


Syllabus (Last Updated 1/15/17)

Homeworks are due to be submitted every Friday at 1pm through the Sapling website.

Here is a free OpenStax textbook that will be useful for the homeworks and studying for the exams.

Course Blog

All students will be invited to be authors of the course blog, here: AST113.blogspot.com.
This is where YOU will post links to group projects.

Textbook reading Assignments

Our textbook is the free online OpenStax astronomy textbook. Week-by-week reading assignments can be found here

Baker Observatory

Baker Observatory Public Night is 4/29, weather permitting. The Ozark Amateur Astronomy Club viewing sessions will be held outside Plaster Student Union on nights tbd.
See this facebook page for more information and directions.

Lecture Notes

Course Overview; Patterns in the SkyPDF | PPT, 1/17,19,24,26
Terrestrial PlanetsPDF | PPT, 1/31,2/2,2/7
Jovian Planets & Minor BodiesPDF | PPT, 2/14,16
Copernican RevolutionPDF | PPT, 2/23,28
Motion, Gravity and EinsteinPDF | PPT, 3/2,7
Midterm3/9, in class. Study Guide
Spring Break, 3/14,16
Light, Matter and TelescopesPDF | PPT, 3/21,23,28,30
Sun and StarsPDF | PPT, 4/4,6
Star BirthPDF | PPT, 4/11 (No class 4/13)
ExoplanetsPDF | PPT, 4/18,20
Life of a StarPDF | PPT, 4/25
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black HolesPDF | PPT, 4/27
GalaxiesPDF | PPT, 5/2
Modern Cosmology and QuasarsPDF | PPT, 5/4
Dark Matter and Dark EnergyPDF | PPTm 5/9
The Big BangPDF | PPT, 5/11
FinalStudy Guide


Project Presentation Schedule


Section 3 (Afternoons)

Topic Due Date Group # Name
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 1 Cogdill, Dylan
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 1 Davison, Zachary
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 1 Vandelicht, Jarrett
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 2 Aubuchon, Stephen
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 2 Dickens, Johnathan
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 2 Glass, Carl
Jovian Planets due 2/17 1 Conway, Jacob
Jovian Planets due 2/17 1 Engelhard, Jacob
Jovian Planets due 2/17 1 Pike, Katelyn
Motion, Gravity & Einstein due 3/10 1 Borgmann, Kara
Motion, Gravity & Einstein due 3/10 1 Coombs, Kelsey
Motion, Gravity & Einstein due 3/10 1 Parker, Melanie
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 1 Green, Cassidy
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 1 Kadlec, Kacey
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 1 Nitsch, Lauren
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 2 Blackshear, Rille
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 2 Deluca, Angela
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 2 Findley, Karrigan
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 3 Becker, Angelina
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 3 Clark, Brett
Light & Matter & Telescopes due 3/24 3 Dennison, John
Sun & Stars due 3/31 1 Cook, Sara
Sun & Stars due 3/31 1 Hoye, Molly
Sun & Stars due 3/31 1 Padilla Soriano, Felipe Angel
Sun & Stars due 3/31 2 Gnecco, Cassidy
Sun & Stars due 3/31 2 Pruente, Colt
Sun & Stars due 3/31 2 Stelmacki, Eric
Sun & Stars due 3/31 3 Cumley, Lauren
Sun & Stars due 3/31 3 Dodds, Hayden
Sun & Stars due 3/31 3 Hinkley, Ryan
Star Birth due 4/7 1 Dewick, Corbin
Star Birth due 4/7 1 Jermain, Hannah
Star Birth due 4/7 1 Schlueter, Anna
Star Birth due 4/7 2 Eaves, Antwan
Star Birth due 4/7 2 Glaser, Libby
Star Birth due 4/7 2 Stevens, Taelar
Star Birth due 4/7 3 Stevenson, Dionna
Star Birth due 4/7 3 Walker, Larahn
Exoplanets due 4/14 1 Riggs, Dennis (Rickey)
Exoplanets due 4/14 1 Sipes, Joshua
Death of a Star due 4/21 1 Adams, Kyle
Death of a Star due 4/21 1 Johns, Hope
Death of a Star due 4/21 2 Duncan, Noah
Death of a Star due 4/21 2 Finter, Kyle
Death of a Star due 4/21 2 Powell, Hunter
Death of a Star due 4/21 3 Silk, Tyler
Death of a Star due 4/21 3 Tyler, Josi
Death of a Star due 4/21 4 Bryant, Pierce
Death of a Star due 4/21 4 Farley, Vernard
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes due 4/28 1 Hast, Tyler
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes due 4/28 1 Piles, Shayne
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes due 4/28 1 Kilpack, Jared
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes due 4/28 2 Kinsman, Jacob
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes due 4/28 2 Traver, Tristan
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 1 Coker, Trumaine
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 1 Creek, Troy
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 1 Van Dielen, Samuel
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 1 Ham, Hunter
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 1 Johnson, Jacob
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 1 McIntyre, Donovan
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 2 Bishop, Rachel
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 2 Warren, Dylan
Big Bang due 5/12 1 Cauveren, Sydney
Big Bang due 5/12 1 Clay, Amaris
Big Bang due 5/12 1 Vaughn, Mackenzie
Big Bang due 5/12 2 James, Ashley
Big Bang due 5/12 2 Mauldin, Taylor
Big Bang due 5/12 3 Jean, Nicole
Big Bang due 5/12 3 Yancey, Kristin



Section 2 (Mornings)

Topic Due Date Group # Name
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 3 Johns, Lillian
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 3 Lear, Beta
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 3 Roberts, Michael
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 4 Iftime, Edward
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 4 Schillereff, Megan
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 4 Vadney, Veronica
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 5 Bolin, Clayton
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 5 Litzinger, Zachary
Terrestrial Planets due 2/10 5 Wilcox, Jordan
Jovian Planets due 2/17 2 Cortez, Vanessa
Jovian Planets due 2/17 2 Sherman, Miranda
Jovian Planets due 2/17 2 Wise, Brittany
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Daniel, Timber
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Devine, Jessica
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Harned, Scott
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Hogan, Tegan
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Mudro, Jessica
Jovian Planets due 2/17 3 Page-Brennan, Rowan
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 1 Allen, Kristiana
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 1 Stockwell, Adrienne
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 1 Thiele, Brittany
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 2 Clagett, Spencer
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 2 Murphy, Matthew
Copernican Revolution due 2/24 2 Pentecost, Lauren
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 2 Mastis, Briley
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 2 O'Brien, Brendan
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 2 Rounds, Russell
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 3 Goodman-Smith, Natasha
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 3 Kong, Ding-Xuan
Motion, Gravity and Einstein due 3/10 3 Vowell, Jacob
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 4 Clifton, Brena
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 4 Orebiyi, Brittany
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 4 Vaughn, Deaudre'Na
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 5 Duffy, Jackson
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 5 Holland, Devin
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 5 Johnson, Eric
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 6 Ohara, Collin
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 6 Rigatuso, Mary
Light, Matter and Telescopes due 3/24 6 Wall, Emma
Sun and Stars due 3/31 4 Dunn, Sarah
Sun and Stars due 3/31 4 Fowler, Aijanee
Sun and Stars due 3/31 4 Helton, Allison
Sun and Stars due 3/31 5 Husgen, Hannah
Sun and Stars due 3/31 5 Wynn, Courtney
Sun and Stars due 3/31 6 Bybee, Paige
Sun and Stars due 3/31 6 Wilt, Abigail
Sun and Stars due 3/31 7 George, Morgan
Sun and Stars due 3/31 7 Giddinge, Sammantha
Sun and Stars due 3/31 7 Glandt, Alexandra
Star Birth due 4/7 4 Composto, Brianna
Star Birth due 4/7 4 Fox, Cassidy
Star Birth due 4/7 4 Roach, Hailey
Star Birth due 4/7 5 Guhl, Ashley
Star Birth due 4/7 5 Hill, Barbara
Star Birth due 4/7 5 Klein, Mackenzi
Star Birth due 4/7 6 Apregilio, Nathaniel
Star Birth due 4/7 6 Whitaker, Nathan
Star Birth due 4/7 6 Woolstenhulme, Adam
Star Birth due 4/7 7 Hindman, Callie
Star Birth due 4/7 7 Peck, Natalie
Star Birth due 4/7 7 Spencer, Chloe
Exoplanets due 4/14 2 Bowen, Kelli
Exoplanets due 4/14 2 Maldonado, Manuel
Exoplanets due 4/14 2 Smith, Tayler
Exoplanets due 4/14 3 Barrett, Benjamin
Exoplanets due 4/14 3 Brown, Riley
Exoplanets due 4/14 3 Courtney, Daniel
Exoplanets due 4/14 4 Burgstahler, Nathaniel
Exoplanets due 4/14 4 Gaines, Shawn
Exoplanets due 4/14 4 Sebag, John
Exoplanet due 4/14 5 Delibero, Riley
Exoplanet due 4/14 5 Genteman, Shelby
Exoplanet due 4/14 5 Himmelberg, Rachel
Exoplanet due 4/14 6 Dickinson, Alexander
Exoplanet due 4/14 6 Groves, McKinley
Exoplanet due 4/14 7 Hinckley, Austin
Exoplanet due 4/14 7 Shonk, Nicholas
Star Death due 4/21 5 Capps, Dewalt
Star Death due 4/21 5 Huttinger, Alexander
Star Death due 4/21 5 Rogers, Jakob
Star Death due 4/21 6 Backer, Landen
Star Death due 4/21 6 Wilhelm, Casey
Star Death due 4/21 6 Zimmerman, Blake
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes due 4/28 3 Grounds, Jazmynn
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes due 4/28 3 McKenzie, Jocelyn
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes due 4/28 3 Oh, Nicholas
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 2 Baker, Shelbey
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 2 Hogan, Kimberly
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 2 Thornton, Kelsey
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 3 Cassimatis, Katherine
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 3 Guidie, Madison
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 3 Imergoot, Reagan
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 4 Engler, Ashlynn
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 4 Kincy, Jenna
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 4 Shannon, Elaine
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 5 Conkle, Victoria
Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies due 5/5 5 Holmes, Alexandria
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 3 Cook, Tristan
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 3 Kauffmann, Justin
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 3 Martin, Hannah
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 4 Eades, Hannah
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 4 Hawthorne, Abby
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 4 Kemna, Megan
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 5 Hodges, Eric
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 5 Ichsan, Rezky
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 5 Small, Caleb
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 6 Adams, Tyler
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 6 Akalugwu, Gabriel
Dark Matter and Dark Energy due 5/12 6 Beck, Braden
Big Bang due 5/12 4 Brewster, Collin
Big Bang due 5/12 4 Christian, Nicholas
Big Bang due 5/12 4 Sedlack, Connor
Big Bang due 5/12 5 McCutchen, Tyler
Big Bang due 5/12 5 Shifflet, Abby
Big Bang due 5/12 5 Totten, Marshall
Big Bang due 5/12 6 Edwards, Alexandria
Big Bang due 5/12 6 Hess, Isaac
Big Bang due 5/12 6 Whitten, Brenda
Big Bang due 5/12 7 Humphries, Nicole
Big Bang due 5/12 7 Jones, Tieshia
Big Bang due 5/12 7 Peterson, Savana "Brooke"
Big Bang due 5/12 8 Gianino, Dominic
Big Bang due 5/12 8 Patel, Neeral