Text: Horizons: Exploring the Universe by Michael A. Seeds, 10th Edition
This is a course for non-science majors. We will use elementary algebra in class and on homework.
For anyone needing help with the math, the TA and I will always be willing to provide it. The
quiz and exam questions will be conceptual, not mathematical. If you are a math or science major,
this is not an appropriate course for you.
Grades will be based on homework (30% of the grade), three hour exams (14% each), and 4 quizzes
(6% each) and attendance (4%). A final exam will be given with options for making up excused absences
and for improving course grades. Attendance grades will be based on in-class work and responses to questions.
The TA's and I will do everything we can to help you do well in the course. Help will be available outside of
class several times every week. Help sessions and office hours are listed in Table 1. These times and locations
are subject to change. Please check the on-line version of this syllabus next week and periodically thereafter.
Since we will be going over the problems in the homework assignments, we ask you not to be late to the help
session if you want to hear a discussion of the first problem in the assignment. Endless repeating of the first
problem discussion for the benefit of latecomers bores the students who were on time and drives the instructor crazy.
Extra help sessions will be held before exams. Check the Notices section of the course web page for
locations and times.
There are telescope viewing opportunities available on campus on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Check the following page for details: Public