Astronomy Syllabus

Astronomy  2018-2019                    Mr. Bailey  Room 4203                Ext 84203

Syllabus for the Class

For the First Semester of the Course, there will be 4 main units.

1.    Observing the Sky

2.   Gravity and our Solar System

3.    Comparative Planetology

4.    Making and Finding Solar Systems

Each unit will be of equal weight and comprise of the following subareas.

1.    Quizzes that focus on basic ideas and skills

2.   Exams that focus on using the basic ideas and skills in context

3.    Labs that reinforce chapter ideas.  This could be simple activities or more elaborate setups.

4.    Observations, either done in class or done at home.

Beside the main units, there will be 4 other main categories.

5.    Readings based on current astronomical discoveries

6.   Final Exam

7.    New Home Planet Project

8.    PBIS

Overall, the 4 main units be 70% of your grade. Both the readings and the final will be 7.5% each, the New Home project will be 10%, and the PBIS will be 5%.

You are to keep up with the work as we move along.  While late work will be accepted in some cases, doing work with no intent of learning will not be worth as much as those who did it in order to learn the material. 

Now for the part you need to pay very close attention to. EVERYTHING YOU DO IN HERE IS BASED ON A 4 POINT RUBIRC!  It could be one rubric for the entire assignment, or several rubrics if the assignment is composed of several problems.  In any event, when you get anything back it will be based out of 4.

Most of my rubrics go as 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, and so on down to 0.  More intricate assignments may have different possible score breakdowns. In any event, the grade breakdown is as follows:

A: 4 to 3.3    B: 3.29 to 2.6    C:  2.59 to 1.9    D:  1.89 to 1.3    F:  Below 1.3

The School grading program will not allow me to put these numbers in as is. So, I must change each boundary point into a percentage by dividing by 4.  So for example, 3.3/4 = .825.  These percentage numbers are the decimal representation of the scale you see above and have NOTHING to do with any percentage grading scale system you may have had in the past.