Survey of Astronomy

This is ASTR 1010, Section 1, Fall 2010

Your professor:

JD Smith
Ritter Observatory 3000
Office Hours: T 11-12:15, W 9-11

JD's email (protected)

Ritter Observatory (RO) is the building adjacent to McMaster Hall, to the left across the courtyard as you enter MH to the lecture hall. Come upstairs to floor 3.

Your TA:

Sean Tanny
McMaster Hall 2014
Office Hours: Th 3-4pm

Syllabus and Schedule



Online Homework Website

Mastering Astronomy is where you will complete online homework assignments. You need your access code (which came with the book), and the course ID for our course: UTASTR1010SMITHFALL10.

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Mon Dec 20th
Final grades posted. Thanks for a great semester!
Mon Dec 13th
Final Exam Wed at 8am. Grades updated with buy-back for Exam 4. Don't forget to fill out your impressions of out-of-class exercises on MasteringAstronomy ("Planetarium and Evening Observing Event Descriptions").
Mon Dec 6th
Bonus observing this week; last chance!!!Only two more chances at the planetarium left (last day Sat. Dec. 18th). Exam #4 grades (without buy-back) are up: do your buy-back by this Thu before class! Final exam is required, and is Wed, Dec 15th, 8-10am in your classroom.
Mon, Nov 29th
Exam #4 is this Thursday, 12/02. Bonus evening observing next week, Dec 6-9, 6:30 pm on the roof of McMaster Hall. Last chance!
Thu, Nov 18th
Evening observing ends tonight! Grades updated through HW#7 and Exam #3. Don't forget your planetarium visit; time is running out!
Thu, Nov 4th
Evening observing starts again Mon, Nov 15th - Thu Nov 18th at 7:30 pm on the roof of McMaster Hall (bring your blue ticket!).
Wed, Nov 3
Mid-term #3 next Tuesday, Nov. 9th. A special planetarium show for those with work or other conflicts for the normal Fri evening/Sat. afternoon shows will be held Mon., Nov 8th, 6:30pm. Evening observing will happen afterwards as well, weather permitting.
Tue, Nov 2
HW #7 due Sun. Mid-term exam #3 in one week. Grades updated through HW#5.
Mon, Oct 18
HW #5 due this Sun. Evening observing this week! A new extra-credit opportunity available.
Thu, Oct 14
Grades updated with Exam #2 results.
Wed, Oct 13
Evening observing next week M-Thu at Brooks Observatory, 8:30pm. Bring your blue ticket!
Mon, Oct 11
HW #4 was due yesterday at 11:45pm; be sure to complete it!
Thu, Sep 23
Mid-term exam #2 coming up in one week, on Thu, Sep 30th.
Tue, Sep 21
Grades posted through HW #2. Evening observing this week M-Th. Come to the roof of MH starting 9-10pm.
Thu, Sep 16
Grades are posted, including Exam 1.
Tue, Sep 14
By popular demand, homework deadlines have been extended to Sundays at 11:45pm.
Mon, Sep 6
Final Exam #1 this Thursday, Sep 9th, in class, covering chapters 1 and 2. Homework #1 on MasteringAstronomy was due last Friday; complete it now for partial credit.
Mon, Aug 23
Please register online with your name and Rocket ID at Mastering Astronomy.
See you in class Tuesday!

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JD Email Last modified: Mon Dec 20 10:54:50 EST 2010