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Astronomy 309L - Spring 2005
SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
TTh 9:30 - 11:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 46760


Professor

Dr. Neal Evans

Office: RLM 17.344
Hours: T 2:30-3:15,
Th 11-11:30
Phone: (512) 471-4396
nje@astro.as.utexas.edu


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TA

Steve DeGennaro
Office: RLM 15.202A
Hours: W 2-3, Th 2-3
Phone: (512) 471-8316
deg@astro.as.
utexas.edu


Required Books
Extraterrestrial Life, 5th Edition, by Evans
Contact, by Carl Sagan

Grades
There will be 4 exams. There will be no final. Exams consist primarily of essay questions. Blue books must be used for all exams. The lowest of the four exam scores will be dropped. There will be absolutely no make-up exams, no matter how good your reason is for missing the exam. Dropping the lowest score will cover the situation where an exam is missed for a legitimate reason.

Each exam will be worth 120 points, giving a total of 360 points for a perfect score. The scores needed to obtain a given grade are listed here:

A
  315-360
B
  260-314
C
  200-259
D
  135-199

There may also be occasional pop quizzes for extra credit, and we will give extra credit to those who actively participate in class discussion. The extra credit will be used to boost people over grade boundaries (for example, a student with 255 points who was active in class discussion would get a B).

Cheating on exams will be dealt with very harshly; don't do it!

Topics

The course covers a wide range of topics, drawing on astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, and history. The table of contents of the text gives a good idea of the subjects covered in the class.


 





14 December 2004
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