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AST 309R · Galaxies, Quasars, & Universe    1   2   3  

Other Recommended Reading

Title: The Infinite Cosmos: Questions from the Frontiers of Cosmology
Author: Joseph Silk
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Ken Freeman and Geoff McNamara
Publisher: Springer Praxis Books

Title: Space-Time, Relativity, and Cosmology
Author: Jose Wudka
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Title: The State of the Universe: A Primer in Modern Cosmology
Author: Pedro Ferreira
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Author: Fulvio Melia
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Exams and Grading


There will be 6 multiple-choice 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 5 scores will be counted toward the grade. Each exam contributes 15 points toward the final grade.

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 will be arranged for those who did not notify the instructor about their absence in advance. The penalty for cheating on an exam is a score of zero that will be counted toward the final grade.


There will be 3 homework assignments, each counting 10 points toward the grade. Each assignment will be a set of simple essay questions, based on the material covered in class and/or available in resources that will be specified in the assignment. Your 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.

On an additional page, you must provide a complete, numbered list of references (scholarly books, scholarly articles, scholarly web pages) that you used to answer the 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:

You are encouraged to discuss and work on the homework assignments in groups, but you must write the final answers on your own. Essays containing identical text fragments will be returned ungraded. Please number and staple together all pages of your assignment.

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19 January 2007
Astronomy Program · The University of Texas at Austin · Austin, Texas 78712
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