Course content will be addressed in the lectures in class,
readings and quizes from the text book, concept test questions,
project assignments, and exams. Attendance to
the lectures is the single most important
way to ensure success in this course. There will be ample opportunity
for individual exploration and interaction -- just as there is in
scientific research. You are encouraged to ask questions in class and
during office hours; to visit the Teaching Observatory; and, in
general, to let only your imagination be the limit.
- EXAMS: There will be two
exams, each consisting of 30 multiple choice questions. A midterm
exam will be given in class according to the course schedule. The
final exam will be given either in the last day of class or in the
exam date indicated in the course web page. These exams should not be
missed. Makeup exams will be given only for
documented medical or family emergencies. Each exam will
count for 20% of your final grade.
- OBSERVING PROJECTS: Part of
the fun of astronomy is the opportunity to do actual observations
through a telescope. You will complete two short observing
assignments, one at home and one at the campus observatory
just south of the Reitz Union. Public open houses are held every
clear Friday night from 8:30pm to 10:00pm, courtesy of UF graduate
students in astronomy. The written reports summarizing your work in
these observational projects will be due by the Deadlines indicated in
the the course web page. Each observing project will be worth 20% of
your final grade.
- READINGS and QUIZES: Your
major homework responsibility for this class will be to complete the
reading assignments given before each lecture. By keeping up with the
reading, you will be able to better participate during class.
Periodically, short quizes will be given during normal class
hours. The results of these quizes will count for 20% of your final
grade. The makeup quiz policy is the same as that for the exams
- CONCEPT TEST QUESTIONS: During
some classes, concept test questions about the material covered so far
will be asked for you to discuss among yourselves. Your written
answers will be collected after class. These concept test questions
provide an easy way to gather extra bonus points that will count towards
your final grade. By simply answering these questions correctly you may
increase your final score by as much as one full letter grade (another
good reason to come to class and participate in the class activities).
If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing
accommodations in this course, please see me as soon as possible. And
please request that the Counselor for Students with Disabilities send
a letter verifying your disability.