*Fall, 2017*

**TIME AND PLACE: **TR 9:30-10:45 DUANE G131; Recitation Tuesday 1:00 or 2:00

**INSTRUCTOR**: Webster
Cash
TA: Dennis Tilipman

**OFFICE**:
Duane D245
Duane E122

**HOURS**:
TuTh 10:00-11:00
TBD

or by appointment

**TEXT:** __The Cosmic Perspective__, Bennett, Donahue, Schneider and
Voit 8th Edition

**LECTURES**: There will be two lectures per week given
by the professor. Use of phones and laptops is not allowed during
lecture. If need to use one arises, please just step outside the
classroom. Calculators are allowed and will be needed for the
exams. Use of phones is allowed in calculator mode only.

Each of you is assigned to a recitation with the TA on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00-1:50 or 2:00-2:50.

**EXAMS**: There will be three in-class exams plus a final exam that
will be comprehensive in nature. Your poorest in-class exam will be dropped.
If you miss an exam (for whatever reason) that exam will be the one dropped.
THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. The final exam is required of all students
and will be given 1:30-4:00pm on Saturday December 16 in G125. All exams
will be graded on a curve.

**HOMEWORK**: There will be ~six written homeworks through the semester.
They will be graded and will count toward your course grade.

**OBSERVATORY**: The Sommers-Bausch Observatory on the CU
campus
will be available on several nights during the semester. Use of the
Observatory will count as one homework. Observatory dates will be announced
in class and are posted elsewhere on this site. You only need to attend
once.

**COURSE GRADE: **Your final grade will be based on the sum
of the
final exam (200 points), your two best in-class exams (100 points
each), homework (100 points). Thus the maximum possible score will
be 500
points.

**DROP**: I will allow a drop "passing'' without conditions until
the day before the second exam; after that you must have a passing grade
(D or better) or you will have a drop "failing''.

**GOALS OF THIS COURSE:**

The highest priority of this course is to give you some sense of the size and complexity of the universe, and how
that information is obtained. In particular we also hope to give you a
feel for the role that the space program plays in astronomy. These are
valuable areas of knowledge for the well educated citizen.

The next priority is to give you some feel for the techniques of modern science. In particular, we hope to demonstrate the role that mathematical predictions play in the advancement of science. It is for this reason that we insist that some algebra be used in the course. It will not be extensive, or at a high level, but it will be used.

The third goal is to teach some facts about the universe.