University of California, San Diego
Physics 7 - Introduction to Astronomy
||Physics 7 - Syllabus
The course grade will be determined by reading quizzes, homework,
a midterm, and a final exam.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
- Homework: Each week (usually Thursday),
discussion questions will be posted covering the material for that
week. The discussion questions will be discussed in section meetings the
following week. Additional material may also be covered in section
depending on the interests of the students and section leader. Homework
will be collected, checked for completeness and accuracy, and assigned a
score on a 3 point scale:
Please note: Homework must be handwritten; printed
homework will not be accepted
- 2 pts - generally complete and apparently well thought out,
- 3 pts - exceptionally complete and showing clear signs of original
- 1 pt - minimal effort.
- Quizzes: Each Tuesday at the beginning of lecture there
will be a quiz, covering the web reading and
material covered in class for the previous week.
Quiz score will be based on the best
8/9 Quiz Scores.
- Exams: will be mostly multiple choice or short answer, but
there may be one or more questions requiring significant discussion.
All exams will be closed book.
|Homework || 24
|| 15% |
|Quiz Scores || 24
|| 15% |
|Midterm || 40
|| 25% |
|Final Exam || 72
|| 45% |
|Total || 160
|| 100% |
Based on past experience you may expect the mean grade in Physics 7 to be a B-,
with the rest of the grades curved appropriately.
HOW TO DO WELL IN PHYSICS 7
I suggest the following strategy:
If you need additional help, see Prof. Smith or the TA during
office hours or make an appointment to see Prof. Smith if you cannot make
- Reading: Read the assigned Web pages and if possible the
appropriate chapters in the book, before the relevant lecture. Review the
reading before you attempt the discussion
questions. Use the Checklist and Review Questions to check your
understanding of the material.
- Lecture: Attend Lectures and pay attention to the
key principles. If you do not understand something ask
questions. Please do not feel intimidated or self-conscious; if
something in lecture is not clear to you it is probably unclear to many
other students as well. It is far better to clarify ideas when they are
presented than to attempt reconstruction later. Concentrate more on the
material than on taking notes; my personal lecture notes will be available
from Soft Reserves. Pay attention to the slides and visual materials;
tempting as an afternoon nap may be, the slides illustrate important
- Homework Assignments: Work out the answers to the
discussion questions before attending the section meetings.
Frequently the discussion questions will require some independent thought
or synthesis of material presented. If the answers elude you, give them
your best shot before seeking help elsewhere. The questions will be a good
guide to what's important for exams. Copying the answers from a friend or
regurgitating straight from the text is not only dishonest, it is
counterproductive. You may, however revise your answers based on the
material discussed in discussion section meetings.
- Discussion Sections: These are your principal means for
outside help/contact. The general format will be to review the answers to
the discussion questions, but it is intended that you bring questions about
the lectures, reading, etc. to the discussion section as well. Experience
shows that students who organize their questions ahead of time and
participate in the discussion obtain the greatest benefit.
- Surf the Web: We've put alot of work into the Web Pages for
Physics 7. In addition to reading the lecture web pages, follow the links to
be certain that you understand, and, dare we suggest, have a little fun too.
Please read the ``UCSD Policy on
Integrity of Scholarship'' in the General Catalog.
The rules covering academic honesty will be rigorously enforced. For
the purposes of this class cheating includes, but is not limited to,
submitting another person's work as your own for
grade consideration, copying from another student on assignments or exams,
and use of any unauthorized materials in an exam. Any confirmed case of
cheating will result in an ``F'' grade in Physics 7 and referral to the
appropriate dean for disciplinary action.
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modified: Fri., 6 Jan. 2007