Ph 110: Astronomy and Cosmology - Spring 2017 (Weds, Fri: daytime)
Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically.
-Neil DeGrasse Tyson

I... a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.
Richard Feynman

Students, please go to the Sakai page for this course. for syllabus, homeworks, calendar, lecture slides, and chat room.
Instructor: Prof. Amitabh Lath
email: lath -at-

This is the course website for Physics 110, for the Spring 2017 Semester.
There are NO prerequisites for this course:
  • This course is for non-technical students. Students in the humanities and social sciences are welcome. If you are a STEM major or comfortable with advanced mathematics you should not take this course. There are other courses (Physics 34x) that are more appropriate.
  • Familiarity with basic arithmetic, and simple high-school level algebra will be assumed .
  • Homework, and exams will be minimally quantitative, but students will be expected to write short paragraph answers.

    Lecture: Wednesdays 11:30 am to 12:50 pm and Fridays 1:10 pm to 2:30 pm Scott Hall 123, College Avenue Campus
    Office Hours: I will keep Thursday mornings at 10:00 to noon open for students. I can also set up other days if needed. Please email me if you plan to come to office hours, even if you are coming on Thursday morning. I will let you know if there are certain days I cannot be in my office. However, since unavoidable emergencies do crop up, if you are planning to come by, drop me an email even if you are planning on coming at the stated office hours.
    Include a short description of what the issue is so I can be prepared to discuss it with you.

    Text: The Cosmic Perspective: Fundamentals, 2nd edition, by Bennett et al. (Pearson, ISBN 9780321566959)

  • Homework (assigned Tuesdays, due following Tuesday) 30%
  • Exams: Midterm 30%
  • Final 40%
    Astronomy Websites

    Public Observing at Schommer Observatory

    Members of the Rutgers University community and the general public are invited to observe the skies through the 20-inch telescope of the Schommer Observatory on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, weather permitting.

    Observing will be canceled for that night if the skies are cloudy at the beginning of the observing session. Please see the observatory home page for information about the next night.

    Students with Disabilities

    Please consult me as early as possible if you have a disability that might interfere with an optimal learning experience.
    Also, please consult the website on disabilities . The University has coordinators for students with disabilities.