Lecture: SECTION 4: Tuesday 6:10 - 8:50 PM in Science 201
Office: Thornton Hall 520. Telephone: 338.1880
Office Hours: Monday 2-4 PM, or by appointment
Email address: sfsuastrogmail.com
(please include "Astronomy 115" in the subject of emails, and don't forget to sign your name!)
Course Website: http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/~chris/astro115/ The course website will provide homework assignments, solutions, extra credit, lecture notes and other important course information. For computers with Internet access, visit the Campus Library (338-1490)
The course will make use of basic algebra as a tool to help us understand the size and scope of the universe. Calculators may be used for computations. Advanced mathematics will not be used. One goal of the course is to enable the student to become comfortable thinking critically, and to feel empowered to solve problems applying their own abilities. It is not assumed that the student has any previous knowledge of astronomy, so questions of all kinds are strongly encouraged.
Attendance: Attendance is required for every class meeting.
Classes meet once per week and class participation is an important
part of your grade. This includes in-class group activites..
Students are responsible for all information given out in
class. If are not sure you can commit to this class's 6:10-8:50
PM schedule, due to work, commuting or other logistical problems, then
you must drop the class in the first two weeks.
GRADES Final grades will be determined according to these weightings:
Course & Exams grades will depend on performance of the class as a whole (i.e., graded on a curve). Minimum grades given for completion of work will follow these guidelines:
EXAMS: Examinations will be based on lectures and the textbook. There
will one be midterm exam and one final exam. The final exam will
focus on concepts and topics after the midterm (about
66%), but also include topics from from the entire course (about 33%).
If dire circumstances beyond a student's control cause an exam or homework to be missed, provision will only be made if the circumstances are explained BEFORE the due date.
Free Help Sessions will be offered throughout the week on a drop-in basis. You can use this valuable resource for questions on homework problems, to study for exams, etc. Help Session schedule is posted here: http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/~chris/astro115/helpsessions.html
Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for accommodations. The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC, in the Student Service Building) is available to facilitate this process. Contact DPRC at: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.sfsu.edu/~dprc/facultyfaq.html#1 or by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472.)
SF State fosters a campus free of sexual violence including sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender discrimination. If you disclose a personal experience of such violence, the instructor is required to notify the Dean of Students. To disclose confidentially, contact either The SAFE Place (415-338-2208; http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/ ) OR Counseling and Psychological Services Center (415-338-2208;http://psyservs.sfsu.edu/ ). For more information on your rights and available resources: http://titleix.sfsu.edu
This course qualifies for GE Science credit