Astronomy 309S - Spring 2010
THE SOLAR SYSTEM
MWF 11:00-12:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 49035
Attendance and religious holidays
The in-class assignments and activities count for 10% of your grade. For grading purposes, I will drop one in-class assignment. If you miss more than one in-class assignment, it will count as a zero unless the absence from class was excused. To obtain an excused absence, contact the instructor before the class.
It is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin that the student must notify each instructor at least fourteen days prior to the classes scheduled on dates he or she will be absent to observe a religious holy day. For religious holidays that fall within the first two weeks of the semester, the notice should be given on the first day of the semester. The student may not be penalized for these excused absences but the instructor may appropriately respond if the student fails to complete satisfactorily the missed assignment or examination within a reasonable time after the excused absence.
Late homework assignments will be accepted for 75% credit until solution sets have been posted to the course web site. After solution sets are posted, no credit will be given for late work.
In general, I will not give make-up quizzes. The only exceptions are religious holidays (see above) and documented illnesses. To receive a make-up quiz because of illness, you must (a) notify the instructor you cannot attend before the start of the quiz, and (b) provide a doctor's note with date, time and verification of illness.
Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Standards for Academic Integrity are posted at http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acint_student.php.
Laptops and cellphones
I strongly discourage laptop use during class, as brightly lit screens are distracting to everyone sitting nearby. However, if you prefer to take notes on your laptop rather than by hand, you must sit in the back row. No cellphone use, including texting, is allowed during class.
E-mailing your instructor and TAs
Please e-mail us from your university email account if you want us to receive your message. The astronomy department has aggressive spam filters that may block your yahoo, hotmail or aol email. Please treat email as professional correspondence and use proper punctuation and capitalization. We will try to respond to appropriately written emails within 48 business hours. For detailed instructions on how to email a professor, please see http://mleddy.blogspot.com/2005/01/how-to-e-mail-professor.html.