If you are seeing a lot of annoying markings on this web page (empty boxes, or black diamonds containing question marks), please go to the “view” menu of your browser, select “character/text encoding,” and then chose “Western (Windows)” and this page miraculously will look nice and neat. If you do not have “Western (Windows)” as an option, any other “Western” setting will be much better than the default “Unicode” (although I recommend switching back to “Unicode” after leaving this page-- since leaving it at a “Western” setting supposedly weakens the security of your browser).
If you ever tried to send me messages to firstname.lastname@example.org, I am unlikely to have read them. That address tends to fill with spam, and it freezes up when it gets overfull. If you have any questions about this course, please e-mail me at email@example.com instead. Although, I do sometimes find important messages from my students in my spam folder for that address too, so it’s not perfect either. #sigh# Lately, I have been attempting to use an alternative account ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) exclusively for communicating with students.
I do not require students to check in when they register, so please don’t send me e-mail unless you have a question that needs answering. I know there will be a lot of questions during the first few days.
An earlier version of this page referenced orientations on August 24th and August 28th. I apologize, but I am cancelling those because they are not likely to be well attended. I had set those dates back in May, assuming that this class would begin in mid-August. But we are not starting until the day after Labor Day. I will schedule new times orientations in early September as soon as possible after the scheduling office reopens (during the regular semester).
The orientations will be optional but highly recommended, and they will be held in Rosenberg Library Room 414:
Simply joining the class without any orientation is okay, but a majority of students do experience problems or suffer confusion (especially regarding the course structure and expectations) that an in-person orientation would reduce.
Every semester has at least a few students who, as a consequence of skipping the orientation, miss some very significant part or aspect of the class. These students usually drop when finally, months later, they realize their mistake. Most of what I say at the orientation will be repeated in online text-based announcements, but it’s much more effective to hear it from me personally.
The textbook for the course will be the new 9th edition of “The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System” by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit. -- not any of the shortened versions (in particular, be careful NOT to buy “The Essential Cosmic Perspective” title by the same authors).
If you are waitlisted:
I look forward to meeting everyone-- either on line or in person-- as this course takes off!
Claia (rhymes with "hi ya!") Bryja (pronouncing the “y” like a long-I the same as the “ai” diphthong in my first name, and pronouncing the "j" in the usual English way)
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Finally, here’s my favorite webpage of all: