Descriptive Astronomy
The “Mr. Mackie” of
All Science (mm_ok?)
Spring, 2010

General Information
Professor: John Patrick Lestrade
Venue: Hand Lab 1100
Course: Physics 1063, Section 01.
Book: Schneider (Pathways to Astronomy)


There are 2 things you have to do to succeed in this course. First, READ THE TEXT.  Second, study with two classmates. You challenge them to think and vice-versa.


Your grade will be determined from the weighted average of 6 exams (10% each => 60% total) and a comprehensive final (40%).  There are no make-ups. If you have to miss any exam or class, email me (Astro[at] or call my secretary (662-325-2806) before or during the missed class. If I agree that your case is special, I will substitute your final exam grade for the missed days work. A picture ID (MSU or Driver's License) is required to take all exams and quizzes.

I post grades after every exam on this web site -- here.

Office Hours:

Some concepts are understandably difficult to grasp. Raise your hand in class when you don't understand the lecture material. Don't be embarrassed. There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity. We are all ignorant. You are stupid if you don't do something about it. For help outside class, I will be in my office from 1:30-3:45 pm on Wednesdays.


Class attendance is not optional. There is a direct correlation between absenteeism and poor performance. (I actually feel stupid saying that. What is this, third grade?)

It is worth repeating, there are no make up exams.


If you are more than 15 minutes late for any exam or quiz, you may not be allowed to take it

Please remove all hats/caps with brims during exams.

Calculators are expressly forbidden on exams. Bring only a pencil.

If you are auditing you must attend 80% of the classes -- including exam dates.

I often email the class as a whole through the MSU Banner address list. Be email-aware so check your email regularly . Furthermore, make sure that your MSU email is properly forwarded to the inbox you most often use.

On that point, when emailing me about the course, you must send from your official MSU email account. I cannot correspond with your alter ego, e.g., "[email protected]"

Honor Code: Apparently, some of you are losers whose mommas did not teach you that cheating is wrong. The university has adopted a new honor code. Check it out here on the MSU site. Cheaters will be academically eviscerated.




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