University of Houston / Main Campus
Physics 1301/1302:College Physics I & II
Physics 1321/1322: Engineering Physics I & II
Physics 1305/1306: Introduction to Planetary Astronomy / Introduction to Stellar & Galactic Astronomy

Instructor:  Dr. Joseph Mills (Adjunct Instructor Physics)

Above is M42, M43, NGC-1973,-75,-77 - the star forming region of Orion's Sword (courtesy Chris Cook 2002)

Links to Fall / Spring / Summer Physics 1301 / 1302 / 1321 / 1322 answer keys for Exams, Projects, and grades will be listed here.

Link to grades from previous semesters
Sample Exams:
Sample Exam 1 (for your amusement!) (for either 1301 or 1321)
Sample Exam 2 (phys 1301)
Sample Phys 1301 Final Exam and Exam 3

Sample Exam 2 (phys 1321)
Sample Final Exam / Exam III (phys 1321)

Other Resources:
Pyslets web site (applets for demonstrating physical principles)
This web page is usually under construction so please let me know if a link does not work!
Current Moon Phase
Current Moon Phase
Courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory

For your extra-credit opportunities (see your syllabus):
for the George Observatory and Burke-Baker Planetarium and Houston Museum of Natural Sciences Remember:  You can go to the museum and the planetarium at any time that they are open.  Follow the links to their web sites for schedules and directions.

Current phase of the moon (thanks to North Houston Astronomy Club!!)

Dates for field trips to the George Observatory this Summer Semester 2006:  17 September, 15 October, 12 November, and 10 December 2006 - Remember: If it's cloudy - stay home (I will)!!  If it's raining, don't forget to come in out of the rain!! (sorry but I have no control over the weather!)...  Observing sessions START a little after Sunset.  Try to arrive by Sunset!

If you want a forecast of weather for the George Observatory - try this link!

Yes, these are ALL of the Sunday evenings when I have the 36" telescope reserved - expect that students from my astronomy classes will be there too!  Also expect that the mosquitoes will be bigger than you ever imagined and it will be HOT or COLD (as appropriate for the season!).  You may bring a friend (someone you can outrun? Alligators always go for the slowest one!).  Remember that there is a $3 fee which will be collected at the observatory. You may tell the park employees at the gate you are going for an observatory program and they may (or may not) waive the park enterance fee of $3 per person. Since Daylight Savings Time moves sunset even later, plan to be in the park at the observatory by sunset.  (Yes, bring a flash light, bug spray,warm coat (if its winter),alligator repellant, etc...  If it is HOT or warm or cold or - come prepared for the worst (weatherwise)!!.).

How to Get to the George Observatory for Astronomy Field trips  - Extra-Credit Opportunities!!!  (see Syllabus - you can still go to the George Observatory on a public night (Saturday) for a field trip and go to the Planetarium on your own!)

Assorted links and stuff you may find useful and interesting but don't necessarily need for physics classes:
For Sources of Astronomical Information and other things you may find of interest:
Every wonder why you can't see the stars in or around Houston? or this one

Sky and Telescope Magazine
Astronomy Magazine HomePage
Icarus- International Journal on Solar System Exploration
Mercury + publications of Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Search Engine for U.S. GovernmentSites
Astrology- Astronomical Soc of the Pacific
Other Web Links (LOTS of them!)
Link to FreeUS Government Web Sites of ALL descriptions
The Nine Planets: U Arizona Lunar Planetary Lab Pictures, etc
Malin Space Sciences recent MOC images of Mars
Extra-solar Planets Web Site
A description of convection in Jupiter's Atmosphere and convection in theEarth's core

Comet Ikeya-Zhang - visible in March/April 2002...

Sky and Telescope Magazine:
Current real-time images from SOHO solar imaging spacecraft
NASA Photo journal (links to NASA archive pictures)
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Space Station's current location!
NASA News Services (Listservers):
NASA JPL News Listserver Items
NASA Science News Listserver Items
Galileo JPL Information Listserv Items
Local Houston Astronomy Clubs to join:
Fort Bend Astronomy Club
Houston Astronomical Society
North Houston Astronomy Club
Johnson Space Center Astronomy Club

For link to the my web page for the HCC Astronomy course Internet version of GEOLOGY 1346 (Introduction to Astronomy) public web page taught regularly through Houston Community College System / Eastside Campus

Link to my web page for Physics1411: Planetary Astronomy and Physics 1412: Stellar and GalacticAstronomy - internet courses offered through Kingwood College (NorthHarris Montgomery Community College District)

Link to my web page for San Jacinto College - South Campus Classes

If you have questions about this web site or course you may contact me 

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