Test Topics HONS 160 spring 2018

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Test #1, Chapters 5 & 6
This one will be a matching test. On a matching test no notes are permitted. This test will be just like a long lab test with longer statements as need to uniquely identify the matching tern. There will be three pages with each one self-contained. One need only look for those terms on the same page as the statement for a match; however, the clever student will no doubt find the answers to some questions in a statement on another page.  The last page of the test will be our equation page.

For this test you will be expected to:


Chapter 5
  1. Match terms from the concept page with a statement clearly related to or about that term.
  2. Match symbols from the variables and constants in the equations on the formula page with the term the symbols stands for.
Chapter 6
  1. Match terms from the concept page with a statement clearly related to or about that term.
  2. Match symbols from the variables and constants in the equations on the formula page with the term the symbols stands for.

Test #2,  Chapters S2, S3, S4
This one will be a multiple choice test with written comments considered in assigning credit. The test will be administered in lab.

For this test you will be expected to:


Chapter S2 Special Relativity (SR), for this chapter be able to identify
  1. When SR applies and when GR applies.
  2. The principle of relativity and the two absolute quantities in  SR.
  3. How time, length and mass vary with high velocity.
  4. Why simultaneity is relative.
  5. What spacetime is and what is its significance.
  6. Experimental tests of SR.
  7. SR and nuclear power (tunneling + E = mc2).
  8. Statements correctly describing the twin paradox.
  9. Tests of SR.
Chapter S3, Genera Relativity (GR), on this test be able to identify:
  1. When SR applies and GR applies.
  2. The fundamental assumption of GR.
  3. The major ideas of GR.
  4. What is curved spacetime.
  5. How GR lensing tells us the mass of galaxy clusters.
  6. Gravity affects time.
  7. What gravity waves are and how they are made.
  8. Tests of GR.
Chapter S4, Building Blocks, on this test be able to identify:
  1. The difference between fermions and bosons and the kind of particles they represent. 
  2. The fundamental particles that are the building blocks of nature.
  3. The four fundamental forces in nature.
  4. Predictions made by the uncertainty principle and the exclusion principle.
  5. What the Schrodinger equation can tell us and what it cannot tell us.
  6. The cause of degeneracy pressure and its role in stars.
  7. How energy from the Sun and stars is related to tunneling.
  8. How the uncertainty principle tells us that a vacuum is not empty and how it has a "quantum foam".
  9. How the virtual particles of the quantum foam explain radiation from a black hole.

Test #3,  Chapters 14 & 15
For this test you will be expected to:

Chapter 14, Our Sun
  1. The stages of the fusion process in the Sun.
  2. The differences between nuclear fusion and nuclear fission.
  3. Statements on how a nuclear power plant generates electricity.
  4. The processes that function s a solar thermostat.
  5. The changes that cause the Sun (and all "normal" stars) to brighten over time as it fuses H in its core. 
  6. How solar storms and flares on the Sun impact Earth.

Chapter 15, Measuring Stars
  1. Determine the change in parallax angle that would result from changing the distance to a nearby star and answer general questions about parallax.
  2. Identify the difference between luminosity (L) and apparent brightness (b) and the difference between absolute magnitude (M) and apparent magnitude (m) and answer general questions about those quantities.
  3. Identify the information needed to determine the luminosity (L) or absolute magnitude (M) of a star.
  4. Identify how a star’s apparent magnitude (m) is related to its absolute magnitude (M).
  5. Rank stars with according to surface temperature from a list of stars of different colors.
  6. Identify the quantities astronomers measure in order to calculate the radius of a star.
  7. Identify on an H-R diagram the regions corresponding to the main sequence, giants, supergiants, and white dwarfs.
  8. Rank stars on an H-R diagram according to size, mass, temperature and luminosity.
  9. Estimate the relative masses of a main sequence stars from their locations on an H-R diagram.
  10. Calculate the distance to a Cepheid variable given its period of pulsation and its apparent magnitude.
  11. Identify the information needed to compute the mass of an orbiting system using Newton's version of Kepler's third law.
  12. Compute the sum of the masses in a simple binary star systems give the period and semi-major axis.
  13. Determine the apparent magnitude of a star given its distance and its absolute magnitude.
  14. Identify how the radius of a star can be computed from it temperature and its luminosity.
  15. Estimate the relative masses and relative lifetimes of main sequence stars from their locations on an H-R diagram.
  16. Distinguish between the two basic types of star clusters.
  17. Identify the reason for two different populations of stars and the differences between Population I and Population II stars.


Test #4
For this test you will be expected to:



The Final Exam
For our final exam you will be expected to: