Physics 1025
Introductory Astronomy

Physics 1025 is an introductory astronomy course; the only prerequisite is knowledge of simple algebra and a desire to learn about the night sky and its objects. What follows is the current syllabus and three sample hourly exams given during the semester. Students should try the examinations at the appropriate point in the semester as practice; the exam scores are calculated by the computer, but only for the items that are answered. Incorrect answers are marked with a red X, while correct answers are marked with a green check. A sample final is also included. One precaution is that occasionally an unusual planet alignment or perhaps a comet will be discussed in class-- questions referring to such a rare event would not appear in subsequent semesters even though they may appear on the exam below. However, there are always questions about the night sky on the day of the respective exam, such as what is the phase of the moon, what planets are visible in the evening sky shortly after sunset, etc. In the material given here are also several views of the star and planet finder set for
1) Fall semester: Sept 1, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 1, Jan 1
2) Spring semester: Jan 1, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 1, May 1
Current Syllabus
Jim McDonald's Astronomical Definitions
Practice Examinations
Planets and Orreries
Star Charts
Interesting Astronomy Links
Sample Observation Report
Electronic Lecture Notes
Homework Solutions
Class Memos
Observing Session Status Check





Cynthia W. Peterson
University of Connecticut
cynthia.peterson@uconn.edu