MWF 11:00-12:00 · WEL 3.502 · Unique No. 49035


Sally Dobson-Robinson

RLM 17.218 · (512) 471-7774 · email

Courses - Spring '10  |  Course Website

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--Printable syllabus (pdf)

Sally Dodson-Robinson
Office: RLM 17.218
Phone: 471-7774

Meeting times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: WEL 3.502
Unique number: 49035
Prerequisite: AST 301 (Intro to Astronomy) or permission of instructor

Teaching Assistants
Rodolfo Santana,, 471-3466, RLM 16.318
Ajay Gopinath,, 232-7416, ACES 2NEo2B (map on website)

Office hours

Monday 1:00-2:00
Tuesday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Other times by appointment

Santana (tutoring help):
Tuesday 1:00-2:00
Wednesday 3:00-4:00
Friday 2:30-3:30

Gopinath (grades):
Monday 2:00-3:00
Tuesday 2:00-3:00

Homework help sessions
Rodolfo Santana will conduct one homework help session per assignment in RLM 13.132, with the schedule to be determined.

Course description

Astronomy 309S is designed to offer a broad overview of planetary science to non-science majors. We will study the orbits, formation, composition and evolution of the sun, planets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects, comets and moons. We will also learn about planets outside the solar system, over 400 of which have been discovered as of Fall 2009. The class material emphasizes the newest, most exciting discoveries in planetary science and highlights current research methods. Much of what we will cover has been discovered within the last five years.

The prerequisite is Astronomy 301, 302 or 303. Students are expected to be able to apply high-school algebra, including solving for unknown variables and exponents.

Materials required

Textbook: "The Solar System: Sixth Edition" by Michael A. Seeds. ISBN-13 978-0-495-38787-9. The Co-op may have used copies available.

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