cartoon: sign says "Midvale school for the gifted." Student is pushing on a door with a sign saying "pull." Be sure to follow the instructions below and you will get more out of the course.

From Gary Larson. See

How to ace this course:

1. Come to class link to extra topic The lectures will help you master the material. In addition, we will occasionally have you do in-class exercises, and you will not get credit for them if you do not come and do thembuttonex.jpg (1228 bytes)

2. Take notes: you can print out a note outline for the course sections from the syllabus. Bring it to class and fill in as much of the outline there as you can - fill in the rest from the notes while you study.

3. Study the lecture notes. They include sets of questions that you should be able to answer - if you select the wrong answer, you will be linked back to the part of the notes you should study.

4. Review your written notes, any in-class and other exercises, and the questions within the lecture notes to help prepare for exams. In particular, we have collected review questions into a single file for each exam, to give you better practice! (see the syllabus for the links)

5. Relax and have a good time. Astronomy is interesting, and the course will give you a chance to sample it and enjoy it! In fact, the notes have a lot of additional material we hope you will sample.

Students with Disabilities: If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with me so that we can discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. If you determine that disability-related accommodations are necessary, please register with Disability Resources (621-3268; and notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. We can then plan how best to coordinate your accommodations.


1. Do the course work independently, and to the best of your ability.

2. Copying from other students or other sources (commonly called plagiarism) is unethical and will result in significant deductions from your grade.

3. You can work with other students when you have explicit permission from the instructor; of course, studying with them is fine and will help you learn the material as well as make new friends.

4. You must bring picture ID or you will not be allowed to turn in your exam. All cell phones and similar electronic devices must be off. Come on time; no one will be admitted to take an exam after the first person has finished and left the lecture hall.

5. We do not give makeup exams, except for extraordinary reasons. At the time of the final, however, we will let you take an additional (second) exam on material similar to that covered in any one of the previous three exams. If you have missed one of those exams, this system gives you an opportunity to recover. It also allows you to recover if you just did a bad job on one of them; we will give you the higher of the two grades.

6. Assignments not turned in on time will not receive credit (unless prior arrangements have been made).

(cartoon from Gary Larson, The Far Side)

exams.jpg (421823 bytes)