James E. Heath, jr, Ph. D.
Professor of Astronomy and Physics
Chair, Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering

Office: Highland Campus Room 2408

Office Phone:  223-7489

E-mail Address: jheath@austincc.edu

Astronomy Class Website: The Starry Site

Physics Class Websites:

·         Conceptual Physics

·         General Physics

(By the way, call me Jim)

Office Hours Spring Semester 2020:

Office Hours:             Highland Campus 2408         

MW     1:30 – 4:00 PM

                                    TTh      9:00 – 10:30 AM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

                                    Fridays by appointment


In the past, people have asked to see my dissertation.  Perhaps they are suffering from insomnia.  In any event, here it is, all 100,000+ words, in convenient PDF chunks.  THRILL to prose so purple, it’s ultraviolet!  MARVEL at my primitive charts!  GAPE IN HORROR as I use words like “phenomenological” semi-correctly!  Comments, as always, are welcome.  (I’ve already got the Ph.D., so fire away!)

Course Taught, Spring Semester 2020:

  • ASTR 1303 – Stellar Astronomy
  • ASTR 1304 – Solar System Astronomy
  • PHYS 1401 – General Physics I
  • PHYS 1405 – Conceptual Physics I

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Links to Interesting Astronomy Sites

This is NASA's main site for educational resources; it contains a wealth of activities and information for all grade levels.

This is a nationwide student association devoted to promoting the space program and knowledge about astronomy.

This is an incredibly comprehensive "list of lists" of Websites resources for astronomy.

This is an informative and beautiful Web site assembled by the University of Michigan, with facts and figures, histories of famous scientists, and activities for teachers.


Other links my students have discovered can be found on the Starry Site, and a vast plethora of links awaits at Yahoo! Astronomy.

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