Astronomy 1144 Autumn 2017

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

TTh: 11:10am to 12:30pm, Scott Laboratory 0024

Course Instructor: Prof. Smita Mathur

Office: 4039 McPherson Laboratory

Office Hours: Mondays: 4pm--5pm or by appointment. (See below for additional 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: Daniella Roberts

Office: 3007 Physics Research Laboratory


Office Hours: Mondays: 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM; Wednesdays: 10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM

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

Course Syllabus

Homework: posted most Thursdays, answers posted following Tuesday, Homework does NOT contribute to the final grade.

Exams: Three in class tests:
Tuesday, September 19;
Tuesday, October 24;
Tuesday, November 28.
Each test contributes 20% to the final grade.
Final exam is CUMULATIVE. contributes 40% to the final grade.
( Monday, December 11, 12noon to 1:45pm, 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: 2017 August 7th.