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Unformatted text preview: AST 105: Introduction to the Solar System / Fall 2009 Instructor: Prof. Michael Zingale, ESS 440, mzingale@mail.astro.sunysb.edu Teaching Assistant: TBD Meeting Time/Place: Tues. and Thurs. 12:50 to 2:10 pm, ESS 001 Course Description: This course provides and introduction to the Solar System. We start with by exploring the modern science of Astronomy, continue with a development of the physical concepts necessary to understand the Solar System, and then focus on what we know about our Solar System. This course is presented at a level appropriate for non-science majors. Although there are no formal prerequisites for this class, a high school knowledge of science and basic math will be assumed. As this is a 3 credit course, you should expect to spend 6-9 hours per week outside of the lectures on this course. Course website: Course material/announcements will be posted on the AST 105 blackboard webpage: http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu/ Syllabus: Any changes to this syllabus will be announced in class and on the AST 105 blackboard webpage. Contacting the Instructor: e-mail: mzingale@mail.astro.sunysb.edu ( be sure to add AST 105 to the start of the subject line of any e-mail ). office hours: Mon. 10:00 to 11:30 am Wed. 1:00 to 2:30 pm There is no way to pick a set of office hours that can accommodate the schedule of all 200 students in this class. If you cannot make the scheduled office hours, contact the instructor to set up an appointment or try dropping by. Quizzes: There will be 9 quizzes during the semester, given on Thurs. The quizzes will focus on the reading assigned for that week. Students will have 10 minutes to complete the quizzes. Note: quizzes can be given at the beginning or end of the class, or any time in-between. Students who arrive late or miss the class will not be allowed to make up the quiz. Your lowest 2 quiz scores will be dropped in computing your quiz average grade. Quiz grades will be posted online to blackboard approximately 1 week after the quiz, and graded quizzes will be dis- tributed back to students in class at that time. You should always check to make sure your grade was recorded accurately, and bring any discrepancy to the instructors attention immediately. Missing grades (i.e. you took the quiz but no grade appears) should be brought to the instructors attention within 1 week of the posting of the grades....
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