Course Outline
What kind of a course is Astronomy II (PHYS 1P02)?

This course is primarily designed for students who need to take a science context course. At the same time, the course is highly recommended as an elective for science students, in particular those who plan to become school teachers (the new Grade 9 science curriculum includes Space Science).

Note: ASTR 1P01 is highly recommended but is not required.


T. T. Arny and S. E. Schneider, Explorations, An Introduction to Astronomy (7th Edition).

Online Materials

All the information about the course material (the topics covered in each lecture, sample test and exam questions, grades, etc.) will be posted on the web at

Lectures (from June 16 to July 16, 2014)

Scheduled Monday and Wednessday from 14:00 to 17:00 in David S. Howes Theatre starting June 16, 2014. Instructor: Dr. B. Mitrovic, Office MC B208.

Lecture topics will include:

  • Stellar Evolution, Ch. 14
  • Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes, Ch. 15
  • The Milky Way Galaxy, Ch. 16
  • Galaxies, Ch. 17
  • Cosmology, Ch. 18
  • Survey of the Solar System, Ch. 8
  • The Earth, Ch. 6
  • The Moon, Ch. 7
  • The Terrestrial Planets, Ch. 9
  • The Outer Planets, Ch. 10
  • Small Bodies Orbiting the Sun, Ch. 11
Marking Scheme
Tests Dates Weight
Test 1 Wednesday, July 2, 14:00-14:50 25%
Test 2 Monday, July 14, 14:00-14:50 25%
Final Exam Fri. Jul. 18, 20:00-22:00, WCDVIS 50%

Important Notes on Class Tests:

  • Students who are more than 10 minutes late for the beginning of the test will not be allowed to write the test in order not to disturb the class.
  • Students are asked to remain in their seats until 17:20 in order not to disturb those who are still writing.
  • The answers on scantrons should be marked only in pencil.
  • Students are required to write their full name and the student number on the scantron and mark their student number accurately in the appropriate boxes on the scantron. The errors lead to a significant delay in processing of the scantrons by the IT servies.

Note: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 is the last day for withdrawal without academic penalty and last day to change from credit to audit status for Spring duration 3 courses.