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Astronomy 301 - Fall 2004
MWF 12:00 - 1:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 47775


Don Winget

Office: RLM 15.218
Hours: MW 1-2,
or by appt
Phone: (512) 471-3302,
(512) 471-6417


Agnes Kim
Office: RLM 16.220
Hours: MW 11-12,
F 1-2, or by appt
Phone: (512) 471-3447


Jennifer Sobeck
Office: RLM 16.216
Hours: TTh 2-3,
or by appt
Phone: (512) 471-0445

This syllabus is tentative and is intended for general information purposes only. The professor reserves the right to change or alter this syllabus at any time in order to fit the needs of the class.

Required: Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, by Pasachoff
Bundled with: Redshift College Edition CD-ROM and Workbook

Level of Course
This course is a descriptive survey of the field of astronomy. You will gain a perspective on the universe, its scale, structure, contents, and evolution; we will use astronomy as an illustrative example to provide you with an understanding of science, the scientific method, and how to think like a scientist. I will not emphasize mathematics; however, an understanding of basic algebra will be helpful. The course is primarily lecture, although I will show a few short films, and I you will make a trip to the telescope at Painter Hall or the one atop RLM.

Exams and Grades
There will be a total of four in-class exams. Your grade will be determined from the best three exam scores, weighted 30% each. A trip to one of the on-campus telescopes will account for an additional 10%. There will be an optional project which may be used to replace one additional exam score; the topic must be approved by me in advance of the announced topic deadline. As a result of this policy no make-up exams will be given.

Class Projects
The deadline for project approval is (Date TBA). Please double check with me to make sure that we actually have your topic written down and not just simply verbally approved.

The turn in deadline for projects is (Date TBA). You may turn them in during class or during office hours.

The projects will probably take two weeks to grade. Project grades will be posted in the usual place, or you can email the TA. After they are graded, the projects will most likely end up in Don's office for safe keeping. They can then be picked up sometime at the end of this semester or next.

Dumb Questions
There is no such thing. ASK!!

25 August 2004
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