Updated: 20 August 2017

University of Hawai`i at Hilo
Astronomy & Physics
Course Material

Who knows what is useful to put out in the world. I largely don't lecture. I focus on in-class group problem-solving. I use LaTeX. So if any instructor wants materials (PowerPoint, problems and solutions, etc), s/he welcome to contact me. For now, I'll just post the syllabi.

  1. ASTR110L: General Astronomy Lab: introductory astronomy lab for non-majors.
    Spring 2015 schedule & syllabus; Fall 2015 schedule & syllabus; Spring 2016 schedule & syllabus.
  2. ASTR180: Principles of Astronomy I: First semester of introductory astronomy for majors. (Most recent equation sheet.)
    Fall 2014 syllabus; Fall 2015 syllabus; Fall 2016 syllabus.
  3. ASTR181: Principles of Astronomy II: Second semester of introductory astronomy for majors. (Most recent equation sheet.)
    Spring 2014 syllabus; Spring 2015 syllabus; Spring 2016 syllabus; Spring 2017 syllabus.
  4. ASTR250: Observational Astronomy: fundamentals of astronomical observing for majors. (Most recent equation sheet.)
    Spring 2015 syllabus; Spring 2016 syllabus; Fall 2017 syllabus.
  5. ASTR260: Computational Physics & Astronomy: scientific computing and numerical methods.
    Fall 2015 syllabus; Spring 2017 syllabus.
  6. ASTR260L: Computational Physics & Astronomy Lab: application of scientific computing and numerical methods.
    Spring 2017 syllabus.
  7. ASTR375: Literature Review Practicum: Writing-intensive course where students read and synthesis scientific articles on a topic of their choice.
    Fall 2014 syllabus and "The Goal".
  8. ASTR394: Spectroscopy in Astronomy: Special topics (i.e., one-off) course on applications of spectroscopy in astronomy, with lots of programming to analyze spectra.
    Spring 2014 syllabus.
  9. ASTR495AB: Seminar: Cross-listed natural sciences seminar for seniors.
    Spring 2014 syllabus; Spring 2017 syllabus.
  10. PHYS170: General Physics I: Mechanics: First semester of introductory physics for natural sciences. (Most recent equation sheet.)
    Fall 2017 syllabus
  11. PHYS170L: General Physics I: Mechanics (Lab): Lab component of first semester of introductory physics for natural sciences. (Most recent lab report guide.)
    Fall 2014 syllabus; Spring 2015 syllabus.
  12. PHYS170"R": General Physics I: Mechanics (Recitation): Problem-solving period for first semester of introductory physics for majors.
    Fall 2016 "syllabus" DNE; Fall 2017 syllabus.
  13. PHYS272L: General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism (Lab): Lab component of second semester of introductory physics for majors. [Course number changed from 171 in Fall 2017.] (Most recent lab report guide.)
    Fall 2014 syllabus; Spring 2017 course syllabus/schedule & section syllabus/report guide.
  14. PHYS272"R": General Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism (Recitation): Problem-solving period for second semester of introductory physics for majors. [Course number changed from 171 in Fall 2017.]
    Fall 2016 "syllabus" DNE; Fall 2017 syllabus to be posted.
  15. PHYS331: Optics: Geometric and some physical optics, focused on optics pertinent to astronomy. (Most recent equation sheet.)
    Fall 2014 syllabus; Fall 2016 syllabus.