Astronomy 309R - Fall 2009
GALAXIES, QUASARS, AND THE UNIVERSE
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The Big Bang: 3rd Edition, by Joseph Silk (Times Books)
In Search of Dark Matter, by Ken Freeman and Geoff McNamara (Springer Praxis Books)
Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology, by Jose Wudka (Cambridge University Press)
The Edge of Infinity: Supermassive Black Holes in the Universe, by Fulvio Melia (Cambridge University Press)
Dark Cosmos: In Search of Our Universe's Missing Mass and Energy, by Dan Hooper (Collins)
The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos, by Robert P. Kirshner (Princeton University Press)
Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos, by Iain Nicolson (Johns Hopkins University Press)
Calibrating the Cosmos: How Cosmology Explains Our Big Bang Universe, by Frank Levin (Springer)
EXAMS AND GRADING
There will be 5 multiple-choice, 20-question in-class exams, and no final exam. Please see the course schedule at the end of the syllabus for the dates of exams. The lowest exam score will be dropped, and the remaining 4 scores will be added toward the grade. Since each exam will contribute 20 points toward the final grade, the 4 exams will contribute a total of 80 points toward the final grade. Please bring a No. 2 pencil to the exam!
There will be make-up exams for students with valid excuses. The reasons for absence must be presented and acknowledged in advance of examination. No make-up exams can be arranged for those who did not notify the instructor about their absence in advance.
There will be several homework assignments. The cumulative homework assignment grade will count 72 points toward the final grade. Each assignment will be a set of essay questions, based on the material covered in class and/or available in resources that will be specified in the assignment. Yours answers of the essay questions should be submitted in typewritten form, about two to three pages in length (to be specified in the assignment), double-spaced, in 12-point font. Please staple the pages and write your name on your assignment!
University of Texas policy stipulates that in answering homework essay questions, you can paraphrase but not cite or copy material from any source. Distinction between paraphrasing and citing or copying is clearly explained in: http://projects.uwc.utexas.edu/handouts/files/Paraphrasing.pdf