Astronomy 309R - Fall 2009
GALAXIES, QUASARS, AND THE UNIVERSE
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Review help sessions will be scheduled prior to exams or homework assignment due dates in Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM) 15.216b on Tuesdays at 6-7 p.m.
Study guides outlining the material to be covered on each exam will be made available about one week prior to the exam.
Instructor office hours: Tuesdays 2-3 p.m., Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m., or by appointment, in RLM 17.214
Teaching assistant office hours: Mondays 2-3 p.m. in one of the TA offices. Additional TA office hours will be scheduled. Please coordinate with your classmates and submit a request for additional office hours with the TAs or the instructor.
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.
TEXTBOOKS AND REQUIRED READING
Foundations of Modern Cosmology, 2nd Edition, by John F. Hawley and Katherine A. Holcomb (Oxford University Press)
Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy, by Kip S. Thorne (W. W. Norton)
Required Course Packet
An excerpt from the book Lakatos: An Introduction by Brendan Larvor, available the University Co-op (about $1).
Additional required reading accessible electronically through the University of Texas Research Tools will be assigned on the course web page in the Blackboard.
Great Books to Read for this Course
Cosmology, The Science of the Universe, 2nd Edition, by Edward Harrison (Cambridge University Press)
The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, 2nd Updated Edition, by Steven Weinberg (Basic Books)