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Astronomy 301 - Spring 2008
MWF 11:00-12:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 49430


Chris Sneden

Office: RLM 15.312 (15.310A)
Hours: MWF 1-2
Phone: (512) 471-1349

Course Website

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Amy Forestell

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.

Procedural Comments
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 with emails.

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