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Astronomy 309L - Spring 2004
MWF 2:00 - 3:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 45000


John Scalo
Office: RLM 17.220
Phone: (512) 471-6446

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Course Website


Nairn Baliber
Office: RLM 16.308
Hours: Tu 1-3, Th 3-5,
Phone: (512) 471-3453

**Special Postings**
Supplemental Reading for April 23

[ pdf ] Evans Chapter 9
[ pdf ] Evans Chapter 10

April 26
[ pdf ] SETI - Communication

Office hours (tentative): M4:30-5:30, W4:30-6, F3:15-5. Meetings at other times can be easily arranged. However I urge you to feel free to call me at my home or office, or to talk to me after class (outside the classroom, if necessary—I have some time after most of our classes except on Wednesdays); for short questions there is usually no need for you to walk all the way to my office, and I welcome phone calls at home.

Class Website

Link to it at the left, or through the courses link at upper left. The course website will contain the syllabus, an outline of most class lectures, and illustrations you can download; extra reading in the form of articles that will be assigned (you can read them online or print them); a way for you to easily check your exam scores; and a simple way for me to distribute handouts or make slight revisions to the reading assignments. I will explain downloading of articles to you in class. I urge you to check the website often.


Required book:  Bennett, Shostak, & Jakosky (BSJ), Life in the Universe (1st ed., 2003) (This book is expensive, but was used in the Fall, so you should be able to locate a used copy; even if not, you will be able to get the "rebate" by selling your book at the end of the semester, unless you form a deep emotional attachment to it, as I'm sure you will.)

Additional readings will be assigned and made available through the class website and on reserve at one or more of the UT libraries. A detailed list of the reading assignments for each topic covered in the course (see list below) will be handed out separately.


Exams: 100% of your grade will be based on five exams. All exams will be weighted equally except that your lowest exam score will only receive a weight of 1/2 compared to the others. So you have to take all the exams, but if you have an off day (or week, etc.) it won't hurt your final grade too much. The topics and dates of the exams (tentative—any changes will be announced heavily in class and at the class website) are listed below. There will be no required comprehensive final.

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