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:
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.
Revised: 2018 January 8th.