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AST 301 · Introduction to Astronomy    1   2  

There will be a quiz each Monday on the reading for that week and the topics covered the previous week. There will be three in-class exams and a final exam. Late exams will be given only with a written doctor's note. Exams will emphasize material discussed in class, but will include topics covered only in the text. All quizzes and exams will be closed-book and closed-notes, and calculators will not be allowed (or needed).

Grades will be based on homework (20% of the grade), the weekly quizzes (10%), in-class assignments (10%), the three exams (30%), and the final (30%). Your lowest quiz and homework scores (one of each) will be dropped.

You are encouraged to study and work on homework assignments with other students, and you are encouraged to get help from the TA, but you must write out your own answers and make the assigned observations yourself. If you copy another homework or let someone copy yours, both of you will receive zero credit. In-class assignments will be done in groups, and all group members will receive the same grade (if the assignment is graded).


Week of:

Aug 27:
Ch 1+App A
The Scale of the Cosmos
Sep 3:
Ch 2+3
The Sky, Cycles in the Sky
Sep 8:
Ch 4
The Origin of Modern Astronomy
Sep 15:
Ch 5
Sep 19: Exam #1,
Ch 1-5

Sep 22:
Ch 6
Starlight and Atoms
Sep 29:
Ch 7
The Sun
Oct 6:
Ch 8
The Family of Stars
Oct 13:
Ch 9
The Formation and Structure of Stars
Oct 20:
Ch 10
The Lives and Deaths of Stars
Oct 24: Exam #2,
Ch 6-10

Oct 27:
Ch 11
Neutron Stars and Black Holes
Nov 3:
Ch 12
The Milky Way Galaxy
Nov 10:
Ch 15
Nov 17:
Ch 16
The Origin of the Solar System
Nov 24:
Ch 17
The Terrestrial Planets
Dec 1:
Ch 18
The Outer Planets
Dec 5: Exam #3,
Ch 11, 12, 15-19

Dec 15:
Final Exam

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7 October 2008
Astronomy Program · The University of Texas at Austin · Austin, Texas 78712
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