Office: RLM 15.312 (15.310A)
Hours: MWF 1-2
Phone: (512) 471-1349
Printable Syllabus (pdf)
Horizons, 9th edition
Author: Michael A. Seeds
Your grade will be based on your performance in the 3 in-class tests (T),
4 homework assignments (H), and the final exam (F). The scores will be
weighted as follows:
F=30%; T=40%; H=30%
Of the four homework sets to be turned in, we will compute your average homework
grade on the best three out of four. There is one additional grading rule/opportunity: if your
final exam score exceeds your lowest test score, we will count the final exam score also
in place of the lowest test score. This is designed to give you the opportunity to make up
for a poor performance on one of the tests. Because we are granting you this luxury, there
will be no makeups given for missed tests.
If you are taking this course on a pass/fail basis, University rules give the passing grade
as equivalent to a D or higher.
We want you to do well in this course! To that end, a couple of points should be emphasized.
First, we encourage you to ask questions in class. This is of course not always easy in a large
class (and I often partially darken the lecture hall to project astronomical images, etc. If I don't
see your hand raised, feel free to speak up! Second, remember that the only stupid question is
the unasked one.
Your progress through this class will be greatly enhanced through interactions with us.
Take advantage of the regular review sessions. My home telephone number is listed on the first
syllabus page. Use it at any reasonable hour of the day or evening (<11 PM or so). See also
my electronic mail address. However, I GREATLY prefer phone calls to emails, because I receive on
average about 50 emails/day on various (legitimate!) matters, and email exhaustion simply sets
in on some days. I would far rather talk to you in person or over the phone than go back and forth