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ASTR 1110 Spring 2008 Syllabus

ASTR 1110 Spring 2008 Syllabus - General Astronomy Solar...

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General Astronomy: Solar System ASTR 1110 – Spring 2008 – Section 1 MWF 2:00PM – 2:50PM – DUANE G1B20 WEBSITE: http://culearn.colorado.edu INSTRUCTOR : Dr. Seth Hornstein ( [email protected] ) Office: Duane F927 (Gamow Tower; across from the buffalo at Folsom Field) Phone: (303) 492-5631 Office Hours: MF 12-1pm, T 2-3, W 3:30-4:30, or by appointment (email or phone) TEACHING ASSISTANT : Margaret Mitter ( [email protected] ) Office: Duane E122 Phone: (303) 492-5010 Office Hours: T 10-11am, R 12:45-1:45pm COURSE DESCRIPTION : This course will examine principles of modern astronomy for non-science majors, summarizing our present knowledge about the Earth, moon, planets, other solar system objects, and even other solar systems. We will study the solar system to understand planetary processes, and come to appreciate Earth’s place – and ours – in the universe. PREREQUISITES: No formal prerequisites, just a natural curiosity about what’s out there. ASTR 1110 satisfies part B of the Natural Sciences, and can satisfy Part A (without lab) if you then take ASTR 1020. Students who are planning to major in the sciences, or are even considering the Astronomy/Astrophysics major, are strongly encouraged to take ASTR 1030 (not offered this semester) instead of ASTR 1110. Students may receive credit for only one of ASTR 1010, 1110, or 1030. The math required will be algebra and some basic trigonometry and geometry. To review basic math go to http://lasp.colorado.edu/~bagenal/MATH/main.html . GRADING : 10% Clicker questions & Tutorials 10% Written homework (lowest score dropped) + Independent Project
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10% Online (MasteringAstronomy) homework (lowest score dropped) 40% Best two out of three in-class midterm exams (20% each) February 8, March 7, April 11 30% Comprehensive final exam (Saturday, May 3, 1:30pm-4:00pm) This class will be graded on a sliding curve (although not a rigorous bell curve). Approximate letter grades will be given throughout the semester. TEXTBOOK: The Cosmic Perspective, 4 th Ed. (w/ Media Update) by Bennett et al. (required). I will assign regular readings from this book. If you buy an earlier edition, it is your responsibility to make sure assigned reading chapters are the same as in the 4 th edition. Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy , 2 nd Ed. by Prather et al. (required). This workbook (included free with a new textbook) will be used for in-class, group activities throughout the semester. You MUST have your own copy of this workbook as you will turn in your tutorials for clicker credit. On days when tutorials are assigned, turning in your completed tutorial will count for 50% of the clicker credit for the day. MASTERING ASTRONOMY: Access to the online material (tutorials, quizzes, etc.) at www.masteringastronomy.com is also required for this class. New textbooks come with an access code for the website. Access to the online material is also available for $27 for those whose purchased a used copy of the text. You should register with our class on that site, using the class ID of ASTR1110S081 , since only then will your work on assignments there count for credit. (If you took ASTR 1120 or any other
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