Astronomy 102 Fall 2015

Introduction to the Planets

Paul Eskridge

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Minnesota State University

Time: TH: 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Place: 289 Wissink Hall

Required Text Book: "Astronomy Today Vol. 1, The Solar System", Chaisson & 
McMillan, 2014 edition

There is a textbook web-page at Prentice-Hall, that you may find useful.
My office is Room N 152, Trafton Science Ctr.
Phone: (389)-1840
Office Hours:  M: 11-5, T: 10-11, W: 1-3, H: 10-11
Course Web-page:

Course Syllabus and Class Notes

Comments and Information on Grading

Course Grades

Any student found using a cell-phone during any examination or quiz will receive a zero on that examination or quiz.

Exams: Six quizzes in class : September 8
                              September 22
                              October 8
                              October 22
                              November 12
                              December 1

       Quizzes will total 36% of the final grade (6% each).  A missed quiz can
           be made up by visiting the Observatory five times.  A total of six
           Observatory visits will be accepted for credit.

       Mid-Term exams: on September 29 and November 3, contribute 15% each to 
           the final grade.

       Final exam:  Tuesday, December 8, 10:15--12:15
       Final Exam will count 34% of the final grade.

This course will be graded on a curve.  I expect, but do NOT promise, that
the average grade will be in the C range

Make-up Policy: No make-up for final exam.  No early finals.
                Make-up tests will be offered only with prior arrangement.
                Medical and family emergencies will be the only exceptions.
                In such cases documentation MUST be provided.

Paul Eskridge (

Revised: 2015 August 19