This site contains problems that I have developed for my courses in introductory Astronomy at Amherst College. Problems in basic Physics are also included. Download and use them as you wish.
These problems are suitable for:
- an honors introductory course for non-science majors
- an introductory course for science majors
- a second course for non-science majors
Mathematical level: nothing beyond exponential arithmetic.
I have worked hard to create problems that go beyond the usual, and that students will find interesting. Many are quite extensive. Also included: problems involving inquiry / project-based learning and group work.
I would appreciate hearing from people who have used these exercises about students’ reactions to them, and I would appreciate suggestions about how they can be improved.
Emeritus Professor of Astronomy