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Saturn from Cassini Astronomy 161:
An Introduction to Solar System Astronomy
Prof. Richard Pogge, MTWThF 2:30

Homework Assignments

There are 4 homework assignments:
Homework Worksheet Handed Out Due Date
1 Homework 1 [9.6kb PDF] Monday, Sept 24 Monday, Oct 1
2 Homework 2 [60kb PDF] Monday, Oct 8 Monday, Oct 15
3 Homework 3 [16kb PDF] Tuesday, Oct 24 Tuesday, Oct 30
4 Homework 4 [29kb PDF] Monday, Nov 5 Tuesday, Nov 13

Each homework assignment consists of 4 or 5 short-answer questions. The questions are open-book, open-notes, open-discussion. The homework sheet also doubles as your worksheet, and you must turn in your answers on this worksheet at the beginning of class on the due date.

Collectively the homework will count for 15% of the final grade, the equivalent of one in-class quiz, so doing well on the homework will help pull your grade up.

These homework problems are an opportunity for me to ask more challenging or involved questions than I can reasonably ask during a quiz or the final exam. These questions are designed to get you thinking about and discussing the course topics in an active way. I design some problems to get you thinking quantitatively about ideas that will be coming up many times in later lectures. I strongly encourage you to form study groups to discuss the questions among yourselves, but in the end you must decide on the final answers yourself (beware the perils of group-think, which can lead down the wrong path as often as not!).

For those problems that require you to work out a problem, you must show all of your work to get full credit. If you just write down and answer, and it is wrong, we will give it zero points, as we won't be able to look at how you tried to solve the problem, and so cannot assign partial credit if the setup is right but you made a simple mistake in the final calculation.

We plan on having your homework assignments graded and ready to hand back in class on the Wednesday (or Thursday) following the due date. The exception is the last homework assignment, for which we hope to have them back to you by Thursday, Nov 29, so you can use them to study for the Final Exam on Thursday, December 6.

No Late Homework will be accepted.

"Late" means after the end of class (3:30pm) on the due date. Exceptions will be made only for legitimate, documented emergencies.

Homework Grades

Coming later in the quarter...

Legal Statement

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) prohibits me from posting any individual's homework results on the web. Instead, you will need to pick up your homework results in-person after class during the week following the due date up until the next in-class exam, and then thereafter they will only be available from the TA during his regularly scheduled office hours. FERPA rules prohibit us from allowing others to pick up results for you.

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Updated: 2007 November 20
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