### ASTR498 – Honors Astronomy – Fall 2013

**Instructor:** Dr.
Duncan Lorimer

**Contact details:**
duncan.lorimer@mail.wvu.edu

**Office hours:** M/W 1030-1200 in G61 White Hall (or by appointment)

**Class times:** R 1300-1350 in G4 White Hall

**Overview:** This is the honors add-on to ASTR106, Descriptive Astronomy.
In this course, we will look at some of the topics covered in ASTR106 in more detail
and go beyond the descriptive approach and understand some extreme phenomena in
the Universe. Although this may sound a bit daunting at first, as you’ll discover,
with just a working knowledge of high-school math and physics, we can learn a great
deal. You will also each be reviewing a different astronomical topic throughout
the semester. At the end of the course, you’ll make a presentation on this topic
to your fellow students.

**Prerequisites:** I’ll assume that you are taking ASTR106, or have completed
it in a previous semester. I’ll also be dredging up that high-school math and physics,
and you may find a calculator useful for solving some of the problems. Reading
material: All material and assignments will be handed out in class. Students are
encouraged to use the Internet to find out more about the topics we will discuss.

**Assessment:** 60% Attendance; 20% Problem sets; 20% Final Presentation

**Grading:** 90% or higher A+; 80-89% A; 70-79% B; 60-69% C; 50-59% D