Astronomy 1140

Planets and the Solar System

Autumn Semester 2018

M, W, F 1:50pm - 2:55 pm

McPherson Chemical Laboratory 1015

Instructor: Prof. Krzysztof Stanek
Office: 4023 McPherson Lab (fourth floor), 140 W. 18th Ave.
Office Hours: By appointment (e-mail)

TA: James Johnson
Office: 4000 McPherson Lab (fourth floor), 140 W. 18th Ave
Office Hours: By appointment (e-mail)

Suggested Text: Starting in 2017, we have adopted a new, online-only, free textbook as a recommended (not required) text for our class:

Astronomy (PDF format)

- this is OpenStax initiative (please download the high resolution PDF once and keep it on your computer).

Exams & Grading


There will be three in-class midterms and a final exam. In-class midterms will cover the material in the lectures and readings since the previous midterm; the final examination will be comprehensive. The in-class midterms have been scheduled for the three days listed below. Please mark your calendars with these dates. All exams will be multiple-choice tests.

Grading Policy

The midterm exams will each contribute 19% of your course grade (for a total of 57%); the final exam will contribute 38%; class participation will count for 5%. There will be no homeworks, extra credit assignments, etc. etc.

Makeup Policy

Makeup midterms will be given only under extraordinary circumstances. If you know in advance that you will be missing a midterm, please contact the professor to arrange an alternate time for you to take the midterm.

The final must be taken by all students. If you miss the final, you will automatically receive a grade of fail (F).

Final Exam

Wednesday, December 12th, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

The final examination is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm in McPherson Chemical Laboratory 1015 (the same room as lectures). The final will be comprehensive, covering all lectures and assigned readings, and of the same format as the in-class midterms (only longer). It is worth 38% of the final grade. No makeup final will be offered.

Exam Schedule

Midterm 1: Friday, 2018 September 21, in class
Midterm 2: Friday, 2018 October 19, in class
Midterm 3: Friday, 2018 November 16, in class
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 12th, 2:00 pm-3:45 pm

Students with Disabilities

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Professor to discuss their specific needs. We will work with the Office of Disability Services to develop the appropriate strategies. Students with disabilities who have not previously contacted ODS are encouraged to do so in advance by visiting the ODS website and requesting an appointment.

Academic Misconduct

All OSU instructors are required to report suspected cases of academic misconduct to the Committee on Academic Misconduct. See the University's Code of Student Conduct for details. The most common forms of misconduct in classes like this are copying from another student's exam. All cases will be investigated following University guidelines.

Classroom Etiquette

To help establish and maintain a courteous, distraction-free learning environment in our classroom, I ask that all students please observe the following rules of behavior during lectures and exams:
Use of cell phones and pagers is prohibited.

Please do not start packing up until class is completely over.

If you come late or have to leave early, please sit near the back of the room.

No conversing during lectures.
A little courtesy and common sense can go a long way. Thank you for your cooperation.

GEC Goals and Objectives

Astronomy 1140 is a General Education Curriculum (GEC) Physical Science course in the Natural Science category. The goals for this course include: Learning Objectives:

In Astronomy 1140, the specific learning objectives to achieve these course goals are:

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Fri Aug 17 15:20:30 EDT 2018