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Ptys 206 - Our Golden Age of Planetary Exploration
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PTYS ASTR 206 The Golden Age of Planetary Exploration Syllabus Spring 2009 Professor Shane Byrne Room 524 Kuiper Space Sciences 520 626 0407 Email shane lpl arizona edu Times and locations Two lectures per week on Tuesday and Thursday from 12 30 1 45pm First lecture on Thursday January 15th Lectures will be held in room 308 of the Kuiper Space Sciences building I ll usually be available for questions and discussion from the end of each lecture at 1 45pm until 4pm on both Tuesdays and Thursdays If you need help and cannot make these times then I m flexible please email and we ll make another arrangement Course Website Lectures homework assignments solutions and general information on the course will be posted on a class website at http www lpl arizona edu shane PTYS 206 Teaching Assistants Office hours will be announced in class Kevin Jones Office Gould Simpson 511 Telephone 520 621 6000 messages Email kbjones email arizona edu Priyanka Sharma Office Kuiper Space Sciences 316 Telephone 520 621 7274 Email psharma lpl arizona edu What students should know coming into this course This is a Tier 2 NATS general education course the formal prerequisite is the successful completion of two Tier 1 NATS classes Planetary science is by definition a broad subject and draws on physics chemistry geology astronomy biology etc Background knowledge i e other courses in any of these areas will help but is not essential You can expect the approach to solving problems will be quantitative but the focus will always be on learning the concepts rather than practicing your math skills You will need some math skills such as basic algebra and familiarity with trig functions exponents and logarithms Please speak to the instructor early in the course if you have any questions concerns What students should know coming out of this course The goals of this course are to give you an understanding of processes operating on planetary bodies such as the actions of wind and waves here on the Earth and how they have shaped the history of solar system bodies We ll discuss how planets compare to each other and why some processes dominate on one planet but might be completely absent on others We ll also look at and discuss many datasets that describe objects in our solar system acquired by spacecraft telescopes and astronauts By the end of the course you ll be familiar with how we investigate these bodies and what data our conclusions are based on Textbooks Universe The Solar System 3rd ed R A Freedman and W J Kaufmann III Lectures homework exam questions and other class assignments will be related to the material in this book Textbooks fall out of date quickly in planetary science so we ll almost certainly discuss additional topics not in this text Course credit Grades will come from a mixture of in class activities homeworks mid terms and a final exam In Class Activities These will take the form of quizzes or other exercises to be done in a fifteen minute interval during class There will be six in total their timing will not be announced in advance We ll take your best five scores of these six when figuring your grade These exercises will amount to 20 of your final grade so attendance is well worthwhile for this reason alone There will be no make up activities unless you can provide an official Dean s excuse for your absence Homeworks There will be 6 homeworks each worth 5 of the total grade You ll have one week to complete each one See below for collaboration policies Mid term exams There will be two mid term exams during class periods each worth 12 5 of the final grade These will be multiple choice exams Final exam A final exam will be held the week following the end of class One third of the questions on this exam will be directly recycled from homeworks and the midterms This is to encourage you to review the solutions to these exercises You can basically get these points for free by just reading and understanding the solutions to these earlier tests The final exam is worth 25 of your final grade Grading policy Final grades are determined from Homework assignments In class activities Mid term exams Final exam 30 20 25 25 Grades will be assigned according to the following scale 90 100 A 75 89 B 60 74 C 50 59 D 0 49 E Grades will not be rescaled to ensure that a statistical distribution is met unless the average grade differs greatly from a C Anyone with a final score within a fraction of a percent of a grade boundary will get the higher of the two grades General Policies Attendance is required from all students at all lectures Coming to the lectures will ensure that you get a much higher grade on the assignments than otherwise I ll post all the lecture materials on the class website but they won t always make sense without the accompanying explanation and your notes Absences from class during sessions with in class activities result in zero marks for that activity There are no make up activities unless you can provide a Dean s note While in class students are expected to conduct themselves in a considerate manner Late arrivals and early departures from class are disruptive and inconsiderate to your colleagues Students must disable cell phones for the duration of the class and refrain from answering calls take any emergency calls outside Students that persistently disrupt the class may be removed through the administrative drop procedure Students are encouraged to discuss approaches to solving homework problems with each other however all work submitted must be the student s own Copying of homework from other students or from the internet will result in zero credit for that homework A second occurrence of plagiarism from a student will result in zero credit for ALL homeworks and a report to the university that appears on your permanent record Please review http dos web arizona edu uapolicies cai1 html for details on UA s academic integrity policy The classroom is a communal resource that should be treated with care and respect No food or drink except water is permitted in this room Please clear up your seating area after use and don t leave any debris that others will need to clean up Course outline The planned course outline is posted on the class website


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