Syllabus_1404-11001 s2008

Syllabus_1404-11001 s2008 - PHY 1404 11001 Planetary...

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PHY 1404 – 11001 – Planetary Astronomy Spring 2008 PHY 1404 – 11001 – Planetary Astronomy Laboratory MEETINGS: Lecture 12:30 – 1:50 PM T Th 259 Winship Lab 2:00 – 3:20 PM T Th 259 Winship CREDIT: 4 Hours INSTRUCTOR: Lorinda Stinnett Office: Room # 210A Winship Building Phone: 281-618-1146 email: Lorinda.A.Stinnett@nhmccd.edu (best way to contact me) office hrs: M, W 12:30 – 2PM, T, TH 3:30 – 4PM, and by appointment TEXT: Hester, Blumenthal, Smith et al., 21 st Century Astronomy 2nd Ed. PREREQUISITES: MAT 0306 ENGL 0305 or ENGL 0316 and ENGL 0307 or ENGL 0326, or higher level course REQUIRED MATERIALS: 1. Scientific Calculator (non graphing, $20 or less, no cell phones) 2. Scantron Form B (you will need 4 of them) 3. Textbook 4. Pencil and eraser 5. Notebook 6. An inquisitive mind COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course that will concentrate on the origin, life and fate of the solar system, the various bodies in the solar system and solar system mechanics. An appropriate laboratory program will include real-time telescope observations, field trips and internet research. This is a course for nonscience majors who need natural science credit or anyone who wants to study the wonders of the universe. ATTENDANCE/WITHDRAWAL: Attendance is required for this course and will be taken on a regular basis. Some points to remember: 1. A student may withdraw from class at any time from the start of the semester until April 8, 2008 with a grade of W. 2. Communication with the instructor about any special circumstances regarding class attendance is strongly encouraged. 3. If you have a legitimate reason for missing an exam, the final exam grade will count proportionately higher. No make-up exams will be given. 4. If you have a legitimate reason for missing a lab, then you must inform me as soon as possible. Since the lowest lab grade will be dropped, a missed lab will be an automatic drop. GRADING POLICY: Quizzes 10% Recitation/Participation 10% Exam I 10% Exam II 10% Exam III 10% Final Exam 30% Lab 20% GRADING SCALE: A 90 – 100% Excellent B 80 – 89% Good C 70 – 79% Average D 60 – 69% Poor F 0 – 59% Failure W Withdrawn, no grade I Incomplete
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INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY: You are expected to read assigned sections in the textbook before coming to class. Class time will be structured on the expectation that you have read the corresponding chapters in the text. Class attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class; you are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.
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