Astronomy 1144

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

TTh: 9:35--10:55 am, Hitchcock Hall 324

Course Instructor: Prof. Smita Mathur

Office: 4039 McPherson Laboratory

Office Hours: by appointment. (See below for office hours with the GTA)


Recommended Text Book: OpenStax Astronomy
The on-line version is free; a paper version is also available and is inexpensive

GTA: Rachel Patton

Office: 4031 McPherson Laboratory.


Office Hours: by appointment

For the week-by-week course syllabus, lecture slides, answers to homework questions and reviews, click on:

Course Syllabus

Homework: posted most Thursdays. Homework does NOT contribute to the final grade.

Exams: Three in class tests:
Tuesday; February 5
Thursday, March 7;
Thursday, April 4.
Each test contributes 20% to the final grade.
Final exam is CUMULATIVE. contributes 40% to the final grade.
( Monday, April 29, 8am to 9:45am, in the class room)
Nominal grade boundary percentages are as follows:
A: 90; A-: 85; B+: 80; B: 75; B-: 70; C+: 65; C: 60; C-: 55; D+: 50; D: 45

Make-up Policy: No make-up for final exam. Make-up tests will be offered only with prior arrangement. Medical and family emergencies will be the only exceptions. If a make-up test is not taken before the results are handed out, an essay-type make up test will be offered.

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Revised: 2018 January 8th.