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ASTRO 20 FALL 2011 08/22/11 - 1 - C:\Users\2232\Documents\Saddleback Teaching\ASTRO 20\Syllabus for Astro 20 Fall 2011.docx Saddleback College Syllabus Fall 2011 Instructor: Dr. William Hubbard E-mail: [email protected] Course Description: An introductory astronomy course covering the development of astronomy from ancient times to modern times. Includes the study of the solar system, the stars and stellar systems, the Milky Way Galaxy, other galaxies and galaxy-like objects, and the expanding universe and theories of its origin. Required Materials Seeds & Backman, Horizons Exploring the Univere, 12 th edition. Scientific calculator with trigonometric functions. (Know how to use it.) Course Grade Exams (3) [15%, 20%, 20%] --------------------------------------------- 55% Class Participation ----------------------------------------------------------- 5% Final Exam ------------------------------------------------------------------ 20% Your grade will be based entirely on your performance in the areas indicated above. All of the exams will count. (I.e., I will not drop the lowest grade.) I do not grade on a “curve”. Do not expect any “extra credit” opportunities at the end of the semester. In this course we cover a lot of material. While I applaud your involvement in extracurricular activities such as campus organizations, such participation is not an excuse for poor performance. You are
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