Office: RLM 16.332-4
Phone: (512) 471-1469
TH 5-6, RLM 15.216B
Office: RLM 17.304
Hours: TH 1-4
Phone: (512) 471-1495
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No prior college science or math courses are required. We will use high-school algebra in class and on
The emphasis in this course will be on explanations for the phenomena and objects that occur in the
Universe and how astronomers learn about them. This is a course for non-science majors, and no
knowledge of physics is assumed, but we will discuss physical laws and how astronomers use them
to explain their observations.
In-class interactive learning activities will be an important part of this course. Consequently, attendance
and participation is required. You are also required to finish each week's reading assignment before class
on Monday, so that you are prepared to participate in discussions. A weekly reading quiz and credit for
assignments done during class will help encourage you to do the reading and particpate in class.
A homework assignment will be handed out each Friday, due the next Friday. Some assignments
will involve simple observations of the sky. You are encouraged to work together on homework, but
you must write out your own answers. Duplicate homeworks will not receive credit. Late homeworks
will receive half credit.