Ticket Number 18893

6:50 – 10:00 P.M. Mondays                                                                                                         

Room: CMS-246


Instructor........................ Professor Charles Mallory


Web Address.................

This location will contain old quizzes, test, and handouts and is a resource for the class.  You will find this invaluable for preparing for tests and the final.

Office Hours................... Tuesday CMS 201 from 6:00PM to 6:50 PM

SLO:................................... Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

1.    Understanding of the methods astronomers use to explore the natural phenomena of the universe, including observation, hypothesis development, and evaluation of evidence. This understanding will be demonstrated by quizzes and tests and in-class discussions.

2.    Have a working knowledge of the historical development of key astronomical concepts such as the ever-unfolding discovery of our place in the universe, including the latest developments in planetology and cosmology.  This knowledge will be demonstrated by quizzes and tests and in-class discussions.

3.    Acquire a sense of social responsibility in areas of environmental concern such as global warming, resource conservation and pollution, as evidenced by in-class discussions.

Text................................... Horizons Exploring the Universe, by Michael A. Seeds (11th or 12th edition will be acceptable.)  Note that the 13th edition is out, but it is expensive.  Either ISBN-10: 0495559733 for the 11th edition or ISBN-10: 1111430209 for the 12th edition.

Class Description:....... This is an introductory course in the general principles of astronomy.  Topics included are the sun, planets, and other members of the solar system; stars, their motions, composition, and evolution; novae, pulsars, quasars and galaxies.

Attendance:.................... Attendance will be taken each class meeting and will count for 5% of your final grade.  If you do not attend this class, it is your responsibility to drop this class.

Quizzes:........................... Quizzes will be given each class meeting, and will count for 20% of your final grade.  The quiz questions will primarily come from the previous class lecture along with some questions from the book.  The quizzes may consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, Matching and Short Answer questions.

Tests:............................... Tests will be given up to five times during the semester and will count for 30% of your final grade.  The midterm questions will ONLY be taken from the quizzes.  Tests will not be cumulative and will only consist of quiz questions since the previous test.

Final:................................. The Final will count for 45% of your final grade.  The final questions will ONLY be taken from the tests.  The final will be cumulative and cover all tests and the last quiz.  Failure to take the final exam will result in an automatic fail in the course.

Extra Credit:................... 5% Extra credit will be given to students that attend a planetarium show at the Griffith Observatory.  Please bring the receipt from the show for verification of attendance.

Grading:.......................... Grading will be performed on a semi-modified curve.  The grade you will earn will be based on the following scale:

A            90% - 100%

B            75% -  89%

C            60% -  74%

D            45% -  59%

F            0% -   44%

I guarantee that you will receive at least the above grade if not higher due to modifications of the curve to fit the class performance.


Grade Breakdown:..................................... Attendance              5%

                                                                           Quizzes                 20%

                                                                           Tests                     30%

                                                                           Final Exam           45%



Updated 10/22/17 Tentative Lecture Schedule Updated 10/22/17





Lecture Material


Aug 28, 2017



Introduction, Class Description, Syllabus Review



The Scale of the Cosmos

Sept 4, 2017


Labor Day – No Class

Sept 10, 2017


Last Day to ADD

Sept 11, 2017


Last Drop classes without receiving a "W"

Sept 11, 2017



The Sky

Online Quiz: Introduction and Chapter 01 Due

In Class Quiz: Introduction and Chapter 01


Cycles of the Sky

Sept 18, 2017



The Origin of Modern Astronomy

Online Quiz: Chapters 02 & 03 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapters 02 & 03


Astronomical Tools

Sept 25, 2017


Test 1 – Introduction, Chapters 01, 02 & 03


Atoms and Starlight

Online Quiz Chapters 04 & 05 Due

Take Home Quiz: Chapters 04 & 05

Oct 2, 2017



The Sun – Our Star

Take Home Quiz: Chapters 04 & 05 Due

Online Quiz: Chapter 06 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapters 04, 05 & 06


Properties of Stars

Oct 9, 2017



The Formation and Structure of Stars

Online Quiz: Chapters 07 & 08 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapters 07 & 08


The Death of Stars

Oct 16, 2017


Test 2 – Chapters 04, 05, 06, 07 and 08 (In Class Test)


Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Online Quiz: Chapters 09 & 10 Due

Take Home Quiz: Chapters 09 & 10

Oct 23, 2017



The Milky Way Galaxy

Take Home Quiz: Chapters 09 & 10 Due

Online Quiz: Chapter 11 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapter 11




Galaxies with Active Nuclei

Oct 30, 2017




Online Quiz: Chapters 12, 13 & 14 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapter 12, 13 & 14


The Origin of the Solar System

Nov 6, 2017


Test 3 – Chapters 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 (In Class Test)


The Earthlike Planets

Online Quiz: Chapters 15 & 16 Due

Take Home Quiz: Chapter 15 & 16

Nov 13, 2017



The Earthlike Planets

Take Home Quiz: Chapters 16 Due

Nov 19, 2017


Last Day to Drop classes with a "W"

Nov 20, 2017



Worlds of the Outer Solar System

Online Quiz: Chapter 17 Due

In Class Quiz: Chapter 17

Nov 27, 2017


No Class

Dec 4, 2017



Meteorites, Asteroids and Comets



Life on Other Worlds

Test 4 – Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 (Take Home Test)

Dec 11, 2017


Final Exam Chapters 1 - 20 - SPECIAL TIME 8:00PM – 10:00PM


Turn in Take Home Test 4



Code of Academic Honor and Integrity

Los Angeles Mission College

Departments of Physical and Life Sciences

Students at Los Angeles Mission College, because they are members of an academic community dedicated to the achievement of excellence and the pursuit of honor, are expected to meet high standards of personal, ethical, and  professional conduct. These standards require personal integrity and a commitment to honesty. Without the ability to trust in these principles, an academic community and a civil society cannot exist. Los Angeles Mission College students and faculty are as committed to the development of students with honesty and integrity as they are to the academic and professional success of its students.

The Academic Code of Honor and Integrity is an undertaking of the students, both individually and collectively, that they will:

1.   Not give or receive unpermitted aid during exams, quizzes or assignments

2.   Not give or receive unpermitted aid in assignments, reports or any other course work that is to be used by the instructor as a basis for grading.

3.   Do their share and take an active part in upholding the spirit and letter of the Code of Academic Honor and Integrity.

Some examples of conduct that are regarded as being in violation of the Academic Honor Code include:

·        Copying from another’s examination or quiz, or allowing another to copy from one’s own papers

As a part of the effort to promote and instill an environment of honesty and integrity during quizzes and examinations, the following guidelines will apply for any courses in the Departments of Physical and Life Sciences:

1.   Students will leave all books and all other non-essential items (e.g. paper, electronic devices) on the floor or inside their backpacks so that they are not useable nor block the sight line between professor and student. No electronic devices will be in reach.

2.   Students will not communicate in any way that will dishonorably assist themselves or another student.

3.   Students will leave the room during an exam only if permitted by the professor’s policy.  If permitted, only one student may leave the room at any time and be gone for only the average length of time needed for the stated purpose.  Students will leave all purses, bags, books, phones, jackets, etc., in the classroom during the absence.

4.   Students will promote the spirit and letter of the Code of Academic Honesty and Integrity by dissuading fellow students from dishonest activity and, when such casual persuasion does not work, informing the professor of the possible dishonest activity, either anonymously, or otherwise.

5.   Students will make every effort to avoid the appearance of dishonesty or lack of integrity

Violation of this policy will not be tolerated and violators will be subject to penalties. The success of the Code of Academic Honor and Integrity is based upon the collective desire of students, faculty and the community to live in an environment that embraces respect for that which is right – both in the college and in society as a whole.

I have read and understand the Code of Academic Honor and Integrity and will abide by both its intent and its spirit:


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