Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
For ASTR/PHYS 109 and ASTR/PHYS 119

Last Update 01/30/17

 

            Over the years we have gathered questions students in ASTR/PHYS 109 and 119 have asked and tried to answer them here. (Sorry there are so many)

We start by listing the most useful documents that discuss parts of the course:
Links to questions about:
  1. General questions about the course:
  2. eCampus
  3. Warmup Quizzes
  4. Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ)
  5. End of Chapter Quizzes
  6. Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)
  7. Papers
  8. Q: Stuff for the Companion Lab Course (ASTR/PHYS 119)

General: General questions about the course (Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What are the parts of the course that are included in the final grade?
    A: Information about the parts of the course and how grades are determined are described in the
    Syllabus and in the Course Organization document. For more detail about each, follow the links below: Note that the lab is NOT a required part of the course. For more information on the lab go here

  2. Q: How are the grades determined for the course for each item?
    A: The fractions of each item in the grades are as specified in Syllabus. For more detail about how each graded item has its grade determined, go here.

  3. Q: Is there a difference between the Physics and Astronomy sections for the class?
    A: No. The sections are identical and they meet at the same time in the same room. There are no differences.

  4. Q: Is there an honors version of the class? I'm in the Honors section, what do I need to know?
    A: Yes there is an honors section. It is typically the 200 sections. See the link for more information here

  5. Q: Is there a textbook for the course?
    A: Yes there is. For more information go here. Note that there is also an eBook version that can be purchased (and is typically cheaper).

  6. Q: I don't have my copy of the textbook yet. What can I do?
    A: There are many ways to get a copy of the textbook
    1. The textbook can be found at the bookstore. Send email to 109help@physics.tamu.edu if they are out.
    2. You can get a eBook version very quickly here
    3. You can order the book directly from the company and they tend to deliver most quickly.
    4. I have placed a copy on Reserve at the Library. Send email to 109help@physics.tamu.edu if not and we'll get it fixed.
    5. As a final option for the beginning of the semester, I have posted a link to the first 4 chapters here

  7. Q: Does ASTR/PHYS 109 count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement?
    A: Yes, it counts as 3 credit hours towards that requirement. If you are interested in a 4th credit hour, you can learn more about take the companion lab, ASTR/PHYS 119. Frequently asked questions about the lab can be found here.

  8. Q: Is there a lab part of this class? More stuff to do/learn? Will the lab course count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement? Is it required to take the lab?
    A: For more information about the *optional* lab part of the course, go to the lab (ASTR/PHYS 119 home page), or to frequently asked questions about the lab here.

  9. Q: Are there any exams for this course? A Final Exam?
    A: No, there are no exams, and there is no final exam. The bulk of the grade will be based on the Papers.

  10. Q: Are there any Papers for this course?
    A: Yes, there are four short papers. For more info about the papers go here. They will be different than the typical papers in most classes and will be assigned in the Calibrated Peer Review System

  11. Q: Are the lecture notes posted for the course?
    A: Yes, there is a link on the main course site or you can find them directly here.

  12. Q: What is eCampus and are we using it for the course?
    A: Yes, eCampus will be used extensively in the course for online quizzes and other things. For more detail on what it is and how to log in, and here to learn more about what we are using it for.

  13. Q: What is Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) and are we using it for the course?
    A: CPR is used extensively in the course. We will be using it for Papers and Pre-Lecture Reading Questions.

  14. Q: I've heard we have to write down reading questions for the course. Is that right?
    A: Yes, more information about the Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ) can be found here.

  15. Q: Is it true that there are quizzes for the course?
    A: Yes, there are both quizzes during class and quizzes in eCampus. For more detail on how to get into eCampus go here.

  16. Q: Is it true that I need to pass some of the assignments in order to pass the course? Is it true that on some assignments I need to keep retaking things until I get them correct (or pass them)? Are all the assignments in the course (eCampus quizzes, PLRQ Assignments and Papers) pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
    A: Yes. For more detail, go here

  17. Q: Is it true that I need to get a 100% on all the End of Chapter quizzes?
    A: Yes. For more information go here.

  18. Q: Is it true that I can do revisions to get better grades?
    A: Yes. For more detail go here.

  19. Q: Is there any extra credit in the class?
    A: Yes, currently, any suggestion that makes the textbook better (clarity, typos, spelling, grammar etc.) will give you extra credit if it's not on the list of already known problems. To receive extra credit, simply check the link at the bottom of the main textbook page which contains a list of known problems, and if it isn't on there send mail to toback@tamu.edu. There is also credit for pointing out problems with the CPR assignments, webpages and other course documentation.

  20. Q: Other fun stuff?
    A: Yes, see the Facebook page for the course here. Also, links to some fun videos and other humorous stuff here. If you have something fun to share, please send it.

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eCampus: What it is and how you get into the system (Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What is eCampus?
    A: eCampus is an online system used for all A&M students (known by some people as eLearning, WebCT, or Blackboard Vista). You will login using your NetID. To access it you will go to http://eCampus.tamu.edu.

  2. Q: How do I log in eCampus and access the course?
    A: Go to http://eCampus.tamu.edu, then click on "Log in" button after which you will be asked for your NetID and password. Once you log in eCampus successfully, you should see a list of courses which are available to you, including this course.

  3. Q: Do all browsers work for eCampus?
    A: Nope, but which ones do changes over time. Click on the Check Browser button to check.

  4. Q: What if I'm having trouble getting into eCampus?
    A: A&M provides support for using eCampus. You can go to any Open Access Lab or the Helpdesk in Teague, or call the helpdesk at 979-854-8300

  5. Q: What are we going to be using eCampus for in the course?
    A: eCampus will be used for many things in the course. For more information go here.

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Warmups: What they are and the role they play in the course(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: I've heard there are Warmup quizzes in eCampus to help me get good at taking quizzes in eCampus as well as doing work in CPR. Is that true?
    A: Yes, the Warmup quizzes in eCampus are designed to help you learn both systems. They can be found in the "Quizzes" Folder on eCampus. Within that folder you will find a folder called "Required Warmups and PLRQ Practice". You will need to pass (with 100%) the following quizzes:
    1. Warmup for Submitting Course Material
    2. Requirements Quiz 1
    3. Requirements Quiz 2
    4. Astronomical Misconception Survey (AMS)
      • Note that this is one attempt only
      • Please do your best as it tells us how much you know already before the semester starts
      • There will be an AMS post test at the end of the semester
    5. CPR Rules Quiz 1
    6. CPR Rules Quiz 2
    7. Learning to Answer PLRQ Rubric Questions
    8. Learning how to get additional attempts/request help for PLRQ Boot Camp Quizzes
    9. Learning how to grade PLRQ's
    10. How to format e-mail requests for additional attempts on eCampus Quizzes

  2. Q: Are the Warmup quizzes counted as part of my grade?
    A: No. The warmup quiz scores don't count as part of your grade, but you do need to get a 100% on all of them. You can take as many attempts as you want with the usual caveats.

  3. Q: Are all Warmup quizzes pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
    A: Yes and no. For all the Warmup quizzes, except Astronomy Misconception Survey (AMS) quiz, must get 100% on all them with unlimited attemts with the usual
    caveats. For more on AMS go here.

  4. Q: I just ran out of attempts for a Warmup quiz. What do I need to do to get more attempts?
    A: In general, follow the instructions the
    here. An example of an excellent email to send to 109help@physics.tamu.edu is:

    *****
    Hello,
    Iíve run out of attempts of Requirements Quiz 2, and would like to request more. Iím struggling with Question 7

    "Which assignments require you to get all the parts exactly correct in order to get a passing score? (select all that apply). Hint: Some assignments require you to get all the parts exactly correct to get a Passing grade. Some assignments require you to get a minimum score (<100%) in order to get a Passing grade. While it's true that when you get a Pass for an assignment we will give 100% of the *points*, but that isn't the same as getting all the parts of the assignment exactly correct."†

    1. Warm-up and requirements quizzes - Yes. All of these require getting every question correct.†
    2. An End Of Chapter Quiz for every chapter (except Chapter 1) - Yes. All of these require getting every question correct.†
    3. PLRQ Boot Camp quizzes - Yes. All of these require getting every question correct.†
    4. PLRQ Unit 1 assignment in CPR - No. While it's true we have to pass this assignment, we don't have to get all the parts exactly correct.†
    5. Paper 1 assignment in CPR - No. This isn't pass/fail. We don't need to get it perfect.†
    6. Astronomy Misconception Survey (AMS) - No. This isn't pass/fail. We don't need to get it perfect.
    Feedback: "By now you should have realized that all the Warmup quizzes (except AMS) require a perfect score, but you don't need to get a perfect score to pass all the assignments in the class. You certainly don't need to get a perfect score on CPR assignments, but you do need to pass them. Bottom line: just because you have to Pass an assignment, that doesn't mean you need to get all the parts exactly correct.

    For more detail, check the FAQ website:
    Here: http://people.physics.tamu.edu/toback/109/109FAQ.shtml#EOCQuiz
    and here: http://people.physics.tamu.edu/toback/109/109FAQ.shtml#PLRQ"

    *****

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eCampus: What we will use it for in the course (Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What does the course use eCampus for?
    A: Like many courses around the University, ASTR/PHYS 109 and 119 use the eCampus System (known by some people as eLearning, WebCT or Blackboard Vista) for Online quizzes and other things. In our course it will be used for

  2. Q: Is it true that I can have as many attempts as I want for each quiz in eCampus? Anything I should know about this?
    A: Yes and No. It is true that all of the eCampus quizzes except AMS, can be taken as many times as you want until you get a perfect score. However, while you are allowed unlimited attempts, eCampus stops you after 5 attempts to ensure you are getting help. If you are stopped you will need to request additional attempts. The instructions for doing this are described in the
    Course Organization document or in more detail here. Notes on why we do this: What is important to us is that you learn the material. In principle, we don't care how many attempts you need to learn this material. For that reason there will have no penalty for the number of attempts, and we will only count your highest score of all attempts. In practice, to cut down on guessing you will only be allowed 5 attemps before you have to request more attempts by following a set of instructions.

  3. Q: I've run out of attempts for an eCampus quiz. What should I do?
    A: The instructions are described in the
    Course Organization document. To summarize, send us an email at 109help@physics.tamu.edu with the information below. Specifically, you will need to include:
    1. The name of the quiz you are having trouble with
    2. The full text of the question you are struggling with
    3. Explicitly put the Yes/No answers you put for EACH of the options given in the quiz (separately), as well as a sentence defending why you picked that answer. A single line for each rubric question is helpful.
    4. The feedback from eCampus itself that the quiz gives you when it tells you go didn't get the question right. More info on how to get to it can be found here
    With that information we can usually figure out what is causing you to struggle (and will usually just give you two more attempts). Then again, maybe you are correct and we need to fix it in eCampus! If that's the case, we'll give you extra credit! Additional notes Notes for the various types of quizzes:
    1. Warmups - Unlimited attempts except AMS. An excellent example requesting help can be found here
    2. PLRQ BootCamp Quizzes - Unlimited. An excellent example requesting help can be found here
    3. End of Chapter quizzes - Unlimited. An excellent example requesting help can be found here

  4. Q: I've been told there is feedback for quiz questions in eCampus. How do I find that?
    A: You can find that under 'My Grades'. Look for the quiz and click on it. Then click on the score (number). The attempt result will open and show all the information, including your answers and feedback.

  5. Q: If it's true that I can have as many attempts as I want for each quiz, why is the number of quizzes limited to 5?
    A: The answer to this question can be found
    here.

  6. Q: How do I submit things to turnitin.com?
    A: You submit papers to turnitin within eCampus. For more detail, follow the instructions found
    here

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EOC: What are the End of Chapter (EOC) Quizzes and how you take them?(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: Where can I find the End of Chapter (EOC) quizzes?
    A: The EOC quizzes are done using eCampus. They can be found in the folder marked "End of Chapter Quizzes". However, you need to complete the Warmup quizzes in order for the quizzes to be availible to you.

  2. Q: Are the EOC quizzes counted as part of my grade?
    A: Yes. For the full list of things that are counted for a grade, as well as their percentage, go here.

  3. Q: I just see Chapter 2 quiz. Where is Chapter 1? Why don't I see a Chapter 3?
    A: There is no quiz for Chapter 1. After you get a 100% on the Chapter 2 quiz, the Chapter 3 quiz will become available and so on.

  4. Q: When is an EOC quiz due?
    A: They are due after the lecture on that chapter was completed in class, but before the next class. For example, if we completed Chapter 2 in lecture, then the EOC quiz for chapter 2 is due before the next lecture. More specific due dates are given here

  5. Q: I finished my EOC quiz and I can't see the next one. What should I do?
    A: Often students forget that they must get a 100% on each EOC quiz in order to move on to the next quiz. This requirement is NOT true for any CPR Assignments (Pre-lecture Reading Questions or the calibrations for the Papers), but is true for PLRQ Bootcamp stuff in eCampus. If this doesn't help, send mail to 109help@physics.tamu.edu

  6. Q: Is it true that I need to get a 100% on all the EOC quizzes?
    A: Yes, but you have unlimited attemps (with the usual caveats about attempts that can be found
    here).

  7. Q: Are the EOC quizzes pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
    A: Yes, but there are caveats about attempts as described here.

  8. Q: Is it true that I have unlimited attempts to get a 100% on all the EOC quizzes?
    A: Yes, but you have unlimited attemps (with the usual caveats about attempts that can be found here).

  9. Q: I just ran out of attempts for an EOC quiz. What do I need to do to get more attempts?
    A: The instructions are described in the
    Course Organization document or here. An example of an excellent email to 109help@physics.tamu.edu:

    *****
    Howdy,
    I'm struggling with End of Chapter quiz Chapter 3, Question 12

    "Which of the following are thought of as a composite particle? Select all that apply?"
    1. Atom - Yes. Atoms are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons
    2. Quark - No. Quarks are listed as fundamental particles in Table 3.1
    3. Electron - No. Electrons are listed as fundamental particles in Table 3.1
    4. Neutrino - No. Neutrinos are listed as fundamental particles in Table 3.1
    5. Proton - Yes. Protons are composed of quarks.
    6. Photon - No. Photons are listed as fundamental particles in Table 3.1
    7. Neutron - Yes. Neutrons are composed of quarks.

    Feedback: Hint: Any particle that is not a fundamental particle must be a composite particle.

    *****

  10. Q: I didn't finish all the EOC quizzes. Can I still pass the course?
    A: As long you finish them by the end of the semester you can still pass the court. However, a late penalty may be assessed.

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CPR: Calibrated Peer Review, what it is and how we will use it: (Confirmed for 2017A - except for extra questions)

  1. Q: What is Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)? Why are we using it?
    A: Calibrated Peer Review is a powerful system for teaching students how to be both better writers and better editors of papers (which in turn makes them better writers). More information about WHY we use it can be found here.

  2. Q: How do I get a CPR account/Register for CPR?
    A: Instructions can be found here. Note: The system won't be opened until at least the end of the first week.

  3. Q: I can't seem to log into CPR. What's going on?
    A: Typically there are two things that keep you from getting into CPR. The first is that CPR will not be available for you to create an account until at least the end of the first week. When it is open, you will be notified by the instructor, and you can follow the instructions then. Also, make sure to log into cpr.tamu.edu NOT cpr2.tamu.edu

  4. Q: What do we use CPR for in the course?
    A: It will be used for

  5. Q: I've heard there are multiple parts of a CPR assignment for Papers and PLRQ Assignments. What are they?
    A: We consider there to be two stages for each CPR assignment, referred to as
    Stage 1 and Stage 2.

  6. Q: How long do I have to complete each of the stages for the CPR assignment?
    A: There are different answers. See the answers for
    PLRQ Assignments and Paper Assignments.

  7. Q: I've heard lots of people hate CPR and that it's really hard? If so, why are we doing it?
    A: It is true that lots of people don't like CPR or have trouble with it. Part of the reason is because they don't take the time to get to know it. Another part is that learning how to both write and review other people's papers are really difficult (and incredibly important) skills. Anything worth learning to do is hard. We REALLY encourage you to read the documentation in this FAQ. Note that people who DON'T read these pages don't do well and are often unhappy with their grades.

  8. Q: How are my CPR scores for the Papers and the PLRQ assignments calculated?
    A: There are two answers to this question.
    1. For all the Papers and PLRQ assignments Units 2-6, it is just the score you get in CPR. For more detail go here.
    2. For the first PLRQ assignment, Unit 1, you can find a description here.

  9. Q: I have to grade? That's not fair and the instructor is just making me do their job. This is stupid.
    A: The instructor disagrees and sees the process of writing and evaluating the work of others (and giving feedback) is one of the most important skills you can develop. High school students just turn in papers. Professionals create high quality documents by working together and evaluating the current draft. We also believe that multiple drafts, like you will do in the real world, is helpful. Thus, we are allowing you to do multiple drafts. We are also giving better grades for people who do it like you will in the real world.

  10. Q: Where can I get more information about how to get high grades using the CPR system?
    A: Instructions on how to do well in CPR can be found here

  11. Q: What are the most common CPR Problems?
    A: The most common problems in CPR are not logging into the right place. For more help on this go
    here. The other main problems are really with the PLRQ and Paper assignments, and the most common problems for those assignments can be found here and here


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PLRQ: What are Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ): (Confirmed for 2017A - except for extra questions)

  1. Q: What are the Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ) and how do I get a good grade on them?
    A: A guide for Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (and how to get a good good grade on them) can be found here. There are two different sets of PLRQ assignments
    1. Online practice quizzes in eCampus, known as the PRLQ Boot Camp
    2. Assignments Calibrated Peer Review (CPR).

  2. Q: Where are the instructions for Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ)?
    A: The instructions can be found here.

  3. Q: Are all the PLRQ assignments pass/fail?
    A: There are different answers for the different PLRQ Assignments.

  4. Q: Is the PLRQ assignment stuff in eCampus or on CPR?
    A: Actually, there is PLRQ stuff in both. The real assignments will be in CPR, but there will be a bunch of practice quizzes (known as PLRQ Boot Camp) to help you get good at them BEFORE you start using CPR. You will need to get a perfect score on the Boot Camp quizzes. For more info on the Boot Camp Quizzes, go here

  5. Q: The first PLRQ assignment for Unit 1 is Pass/Revise. How can I tell if I passed or not? What do I do if I didn't pass it?
    A: You need a 65 out of 100 points on the assignment. You can get your score from CPR by reading the document
    here.. A Pass/Revise score will be posted on eCampus for you. If you do not pass, you will need to contact your instructor at toback@tamu.edu

  6. Q: Where can I find good examples of what good questions and bad questions look like?
    A: Examples of what kinds of questions we are looking for, and why, can be found here.

  7. Q: Where do I submit the four PLRQ questions I wrote?
    A: The PLRQ questions are submitted using the CPR system. This is known as Stage 1. For more about how to submit your text to CPR in general go here, and for details on the PLRQ submissions in particular go here. Note that even though CPR allows you to submit a file, we are not doing that in this class.

  8. Q: When are the PLRQ assigned and when is the text (Stage 1) due?
    A: The tentative dates for the PLRQ Assignments in CPR can be found here. The reading and the PLRQ are assigned one unit at a time (each Unit contains multiple chapters). The reading, and the PLRQ assignment, are typically due BEFORE that chapter is discussed in class. The units are: Stage 2 is typically due before the following class period. For more detail go here

  9. Q: How many questions are required for each Unit?
    A: A total of 4 questions must be submitted for each Unit. Note that for the first Unit you are allowed to ask questions about the recommended reading. The instructions on how to get a good grade on the reading questions can be found here.

  10. Q: How do I write questions so I get a good grade?
    A: The instructions on how to get a good grade on the reading questions can be found here.

  11. Q: After I submit the questions (Stage 1), do I need to do the rest of the assignment in CPR (Stage 2)?
    A: Yes, the full CPR assignment, both Stage 1 and Stage 2, are required for each set of PLRQ questions. Note that you cannot go onto Stage 2 until after the of the time period for Stage 1.

  12. Q: What are the most common problems that might keep me from getting a good grade on the PLRQ?
    A: The most common problem is not reading the
    PLRQ instructions. The other problems are typically CPR problems which are described here

  13. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions in CPR. Why can't I do the calibrations now?
    A: Stage 2 hasn't started yet. This is discussed here.

  14. Q: How long do I have for each of the PLRQ Stages in CPR?
    A: CPR will always give the due dates for assignments, and they will be announced in class. Typically you will have a until the next class period for Stage 1 and until the class period after that for Stage 2.

  15. Q: Is the PLRQ Assignment for Unit 1 Pass/Fail?
    A: Yes. For more detail see
    here.

  16. Q: Are all the PLRQ Assignments Pass/Fail?
    A: No, only the Unit 1 is Pass/Revise. All the others are for a grade.

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PLRQ Bootcamp: Information about the PLRQ Boot Camp quizzes in eCampus: (Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What is the PLRQ Boot Camp?
    A: The PRLQ Boot Camp is a set of quizzes quizzes that can be found in eCampus. They are designed to help you get good at PLRQ assignments in CPR, in particular evaluating the quality of some science questions. Like most eCampus quizzes, you will need to pass all of them with a 100% with the usual unlimited attempts. For more information go here. They are 16 quizzes (3 of each of the first five types, plus a full-questions quiz):
    1. Rubric 1 Test - Easy, Medium and Hard
    2. Rubric 2 Test - Easy, Medium and Hard
    3. Rubric 3 Test - Easy, Medium and Hard
    4. Rubric 4 Test - Easy, Medium and Hard
    5. Rubric 5 Test - Easy, Medium and Hard
    6. PLRQ Boot Camp: Full questions, Unit 1

  2. Q: Where can I find the PLRQ Boot Camp Quizzes?
    A: In eCampus there will be a number of quizzes in the "Required Warmups and PLRQ Practice" folder There are a number of quizzes, and they will appear AFTER you have completed the Warmup assignments (described here with a description of the requirements to pass them found here). When you complete these, there will be a separate folder called PLRQ Boot Camp. You will need to pass each, in order.

  3. Q: Is it true that I need to get a 100% on all the BootCamp quizzes? Are the Boot Camp quizzes pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
    A: Yes to all of these. For more detail on multiple attempts in eCampus quizzes go
    here. If you need more attempts for Boot Camp quizzes, follow the instructions here.

  4. Q: How are the grades for PLRQBootCamp are counted in the course?
    A: They are not counted as part of your grade for the course, but you are required to pass them all. For more detail go here

  5. Q: Is it true that I have unlimited attempts to get a 100% on all the PLRQ BootCamp quizzes?
    A: Yes, but with the usual caveats that can be found here. If you need more attempts for Boot Camp quizzes, follow the instructions here.

  6. Q: I'm taking the PLRQ Boot Camp Quizzes in eCampus and I've run out of attempts. What should I do?
    A: The instructions are described in the
    Course Organization document. For more genearal instuctions on how to request more attempts go here. Here is an example of an excellent email to send:
    *****
    Howdy,
    I'm struggling with one of the questions on the PLRQ Quiz - Hard

    The question is: "Are cosmological principles and religion totally incompatible, or is it possible to integrate the two?"

    #1 - Yes, they have read the material
    #2 - No, it is not exactly relevant to the topic at hand
    #3 - Yes, the question is clear
    #4 - Yes, reflects critical thinking
    #5 - Yes, it asks for info beyond the reading

    Response Feedback: This question has some parts which make it hard to assess. It clearly is about the reading (specifically the part about the cosmology), and it's clearly stated (we can understand what it is asking). It certainly is interesting (many people buy lots of books about the topic), but it's not clear it is an interesting *science* question. Even though it is borderline, we decide to be generous and give a Yes for Rubric 4. Rubric 5, on the other hand, concerns whether the question is asking about "science beyond what is in the reading." This is not asking about the science beyond the reading. Rather it is about the compatibility between cosmology and religion. We give it a No for Rubric 5.
    *****

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Papers: Information about Papers in the course(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: How many papers are there for the course?
    A: There are 4 papers for course. There is also an Honors Paper for the Honors Sections. For more information about the honors section go here

  2. Q: What are the paper topics?
    A: The 1-line description of the paper assignments are:

  3. Q: How long is each paper supposed to be?
    A: Each paper is 2 pages, double spaced.

  4. Q: I've heard the papers are a little different than what I'm used to. Are the instructions different than usual?
    A: Yes, an example outline of what a good paper looks like is shown here. Also, you will need to do all the parts of the CPR assignment, which can be found here.

  5. Q: How are the papers graded?
    A: It's a little complicated. We will be using the
    Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) System for the assignments, and the score for each assignment is calculated from CPR which is discussed here.

  6. Q: How are the grades for the Papers counted in the course?
    A: See here

  7. Q: Where do I submit the Papers?
    A: Papers are submitted to the CPR system which is described here, and each paper assignment is a multistep process which are summarized as Stage 1 and Stage 2.

  8. Q: Do all phases of all papers need to be done to pass the course?
    A: Yes, this includes Stage 1 (submitting your Paper) and Stage 2 (doing the calibration phase, the reviewer phase and the self-assessment phase) are required for all papers. Note that we do not consider the Papers (or the Revisions) Pass/Revise. They are just for a grade.

  9. Q: Are any of the Papers (or the paper Revisions) Pass/Fail or Pass/Revise?
    A: No. For more info go here.

  10. Q: How long do I have for each of the Paper Stages in CPR?
    A: CPR will always give the due dates for assignments. Typically, you will have a week for Stage 1 and a week for Stage 2 for the papers.

  11. Q: How can I learn more about what I actually should be writing about in the paper?
    A: The full assignment descriptions will given within the CPR system. An example outline of a good paper can be found
    here

  12. Q: What do I need to do well on the papers?
    A: Make sure you read all the instructions on CPR. Also, follow the example of a outline of what a good paper looks like, as shown here.

  13. Q: I'm not sure if my paper will receive a good grade. Can I get feedback on it from a TA *BEFORE* I turn it in on CPR?
    A: Yes, in fact we *HOPE* you do this, as it is why we have writing TA's for the course. In
    eCampus there is a specific link to submit it called "Rough Drafts (Optional)". Click on the link for the appropriate paper then the rest should be straightforward. Email 109help@physics.tamu.edu if it is not. You will get feedback from the TA about the paper from the same place, so just click on the same link.

  14. Q: I submitted my paper for feedback from the TA, but I don't know where to look to find it. Where do I go?
    A: Presumably you submitted your Paper in eCampus under the link "Rough Drafts (Optional)". Click on the link for the appropriate paper. Then click "GradeMark" to see the TA comments.

  15. Q: What are the most common problems that might keep me from getting a good grade on the papers?
    A: For papers, the most common problem is not reading the full set of Paper instructions which are given directly in CPR. Another common problem is forgetting to turn the paper into
    turnitin. The most common problems for CPR assignments in general can be found here.

  16. Q: Anything else I should know? For example, what are the rules about plagiarism for the course?
    A: Before you begin your writing assignment you need to read this page about Plagiarism.

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CPR: Submitting your Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ) and Papers to CPR (Stage 1 of CPR)(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What do I need to know about Stage 1 of the CPR assignments for Papers and PLRQ?
    A: There are a number of things:

  2. Q: What are the most common Stage 1 problems in CPR?
    A: The most common problem student have for Stage 1 is not following the full set of instructions in CPR about what the assignment is actually about. The second most common problem is not knowing when the deadlines are. They can be found here. If you need to submit late you will need explicit permission from the instructor.

  3. Q: Where do I submit my PLRQ questions and Papers?
    A: All PLRQ questions and Papers will be submitted to CPR. There are additional instructions for PLRQ Submissions and Paper Submissions.

  4. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions/Paper in CPR. Why can't I do the calibrations now?
    A: You cannot start
    Stage 2 until the time has ended for Stage 1.

  5. Q: Can I submit my PLRQ questions/Paper late?
    A: In general you should contact your instructor (toback@tamu.edu) BEFORE any Stage is due and work with them. If this is not possible, send an email and we will do the best we can. Doing so is not trivial as the instructor will have to open CPR for you by hand.

  6. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions/Paper in CPR. Am I done now with the assignment?
    A: No. There are two stages of each CPR assignment. For more detail go
    here.

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PLRQ: Additional Instructions for Submitting your Pre-Lecture Reading Questions (PLRQ) to CPR (Stage 1)(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: I have my PLRQ questions ready to submit. Where do I submit them?
    A: They are submitted to CPR as part of Stage 1. For more information on CPR submissions for Stage 1 go here.

  2. Q: Do I have to turn in my PLRQ questions in to turnitin?
    A: No. PLRQ assignments are not submitted to turnitin.com like the papers.

  3. Q: I have 5 questions I'd like to submit. That should help me do better on the assignment correct? Do I just submit all 5?
    A: No, you need to submit 4 and only 4. If you submit a 5th, your Reviewer should ignore it and mention that you didn't follow the rules in their review. By submitting 5 questions you are only making everyone's job harder. Just pick the four best ones and submit those

  4. Q: I have some really complicated questions with multiple parts I'd like to submit. That should help me do better on the assignment correct? Is it ok to put multiple questions into each question I submit?
    A: No, you need to submit 4 and only 4 questions. If you submit multiple parts to a question your grader won't know how to grade each question. They should ignore it and will have to do their best to figure out what grade to give you. Just pick four single part questions and submit those. If you really do have a multiple part question, then split that up into multiple questions.

  5. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions in CPR. Why can't I do the calibrations now?
    A: You cannot start Stage 2 until the time has ended for Stage 1.

  6. Q: Can I submit my PLRQ questions late?
    A: To do this you must have explicit instructor permission. For more detail go here

  7. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions in CPR. Am I done now with the assignment?
    A: No. You still need to do Stage 2. For a more detailed answer go here

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Papers: Additional Instructions for Submitting your Papers (Stage 1 in CPR and turnitin)(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: I have my Paper ready to submit. Where do I submit it? How do I turn it in?
    A: Papers bust be submitted to two separate places.
    1. Online with Calibrated Peer Review (or CPR for short) system, following the instructions here.
    2. Online into the turnitin within eCampus.

  2. Q: I've heard there is a funny way you have to enter your text into CPR. Is that true?
    A: No. It used to be true in older versions of CPR, but it is no longer true.

  3. Q: What are the most common problems that might keep me from getting a good grade on my paper?
    A: The most common problems are:
    1. Not really understanding how CPR works (more instructions can be found here).
    2. Not really reading the full set of information about what the assignment is asking for. Remember the assignment details are actually in CPR itself.

  4. Q: I just submitted my Paper in CPR. Why can't I do the calibrations now?
    A: You can't start Stage 2 until the time frame for Stage 1 is complete. For more detail go here.

  5. Q: Can I submit my Paper late?
    A: You may only submit papers late with explicit approval of the instructor. More information can be found here.

  6. Q: Do I need to turn my paper into turnitin.com to pass the assignment?
    A: Yes, go here for instructions on how to do it

  7. Q: I just submitted my PLRQ questions/Paper in CPR. Am I done now with the assignment?
    A: No, you have only completed Stage 1 of a CPR assignment. The second stage, Stage 2, is described here.

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CPR: Information about Stage 2 in CPR for PLRQ assignments and Papers(Confirmed for 2017A - except for extra questions)

  1. Q: What is Stage 2 of a CPR assignment? What are the steps for the rest of the CPR assignment after I've turned in my text (Stage 1)?
    A: Stage 2 is the part of CPR where you will be evaluating/grading the submissions of others. It begins only after Stage 1 ends (not when you submit your Stage 1). There are three parts of Stage 2 in CPR which are:
    1. Calibrations: Where you practice grading using submissions from the instructor.
    2. Review: Where you review the submissions from three of your fellow students.
    3. Self-assessment: Where you assess the quality of your own paper.
    Most people are used to the Stage 1; it's Stage 2 that most people aren't used to. All parts of all stages are required for each assignment.

  2. Q: I've never graded before. How do I learn to do that?
    A: A good guide on how to grade papers in CPR can be found here.

  3. Q: I'm looking at the due dates for the calibrations and it says I only have 5 minutes. Is that really right?
    A: No. The CPR has a funny system of doing the timing and I have tried to make your lives easier. Specifically, it lists stages:
    1. Text entry (Stage 1)
    2. Calibration due date
    3. Review due date (this includes both the three assignments you will review as well as the Self-Assessment.
    For Stage 1, you are given a specific date the assignment is due. Typically they are due BEFORE class. After that period is up, and everyone has turned in their text, Stage 2 starts. Stage 2 begins with Calibrations, and CPR gives you the rubric questions and allows you to start your calibrations. CPR lists the start and end times for each phase of the assignment. Rather than make the last two due separate times, I wanted to make it so you could just go on and do the reviews after you finished your calibrations. Thus, I set the due date for them to be only 5 minutes so the access to the review will start right away. While the system will say you are ďlateĒ there is no penalty for being late. Let us know if you are having any troubles with submissions.

  4. Q: Can I submit my PLRQ Stage 2 materials late?
    A: This requires explicit instructor approval. For more information go
    here

  5. Q: I just tried the calibration for the first time and failed it. Since I only have two tries and get a zero if I fail the same one twice, what can I do to get help?
    A: For help go here.

  6. Q: I failed the calibrations part in CPR. Can I proceed to the later parts of CPR?
    A: Yes. While it isn't good, it means is that you have not mastered the ability to well-evaluate papers, you aren't stopped like in eCampus. We note it also means your scores won't count much in the grading of other people, and it means you won't gain the full set of points on your assignment.

  7. Q: The grading period for CPR just ended. I'm looking at my grade and I realize I don't understand it. How do I figure out what it means?
    A: More on how to understand your grade in CPR see here.

  8. Q: What are the most common Stage 2 problems?
    A: The most common Stage 2 problem is typically in the calibration phase, and described in more detail here

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Notes about the Calibration Phase of Stage 2 in CPR(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: What is the Calibration Phase of Stage 2 in CPR?
    A: This is the first part of Stage 2, and where you practice working on three assignments created by the instructor. It is like all the other parts of Stage 2 in that each of the three calibrations are Pass/Fail. If you pass the calibration you will get full credit, but you don't pass a particular calibration you will get zero points for that calibration. It is different than the other reviews for stage 2 in that you actually get two tries to pass each. You will get feedback on whether you are doing these correctly, and it will help tell the system whether you are a good grader or not.

  2. Q: How many times can I do the calibrations in CPR? Is it unlimited like the attempts in eCampus?
    A: It is not like eCampus quizzes and you only get two tries to pass the calibrations. This is how CPR is set up. If you fail the calibrations the first time, we encourage you to get help from the TA before trying again. For example, see
    here. If you don't pass a particular calibration you will get zero points for that calibration.

  3. Q: I failed the same calibration twice. Can you open it for me to try again?
    A: No. For more information go here

  4. Q: I failed the same calibration twice. Shouldn't it let me try lots of time until I get it right?
    A: No. For more detail go here.

  5. Q: Do I have to pass all the calibrations in order to pass the course?
    A: No. In general you just get points based on how many calibrations you passed.

  6. Q: I just tried the calibration for the first time and failed it. Since I only have two tries and get a zero if I fail the same one twice, what can I do to get help?
    A: Good to see you getting help before it's too late. The best thing for you to is to write down, for each question, whether you would give a Yes or a No, and more importantly a sentence saying WHY you would picked that answer. If you do that for ALL the questions, and send it to 109help@physics.tamu.edu, we can usually figure out the pattern easily.

  7. Q: I failed the calibration. What can I do to start doing better and get better grades?
    A: The criteria for passing the calibrations are very loose so if you fail the calibrations a first time we encourage you to get help from the TA. Of course this means doing the calibrations early enough to have time to do so. What we recommend is sending the TA your answers to all the questions as well as a sentence on each saying WHY you chose that answer. In addition, you should send the Feedback given by CPR (see
    here). Usually with this information we can figure out a pattern and get you the help you need. If you fail them twice, we recommend doing the same in preparation for revising your Paper. After the assignment is over, you should also look at the Feedback shown in CPR as well as the written answers. See below for information on the calibration Feedback. An even better plan to sending a sentence on WHY you chose that answer is why you DISAGREE with the answer that is given by CPR.

  8. Q: I heard there is feedback in CPR for the calibrations. How do I find that?
    A: If you go to your Calibration Results on CPR, it lists all your answers and correct answers for each of your three calibration. If you click any correct answer, then a window of "Instructor Feedback" will pop up, and there is the feedback. Send mail to 109help@physics.tamu.edu if you still cannot find the feedback. Note: Unfortunately, this is only available AFTER stage 2 is completed.

  9. Q: I got really close on getting the calibrations right, do I really need to submit a whole new submission?
    A: It depends. If this is the first PLRQ for Unit 1, then you may. For more information on what is needed if you don't pass Unit 1 go
    here. If not, then you don't have to resubmit a Revision. But, we have made the standards for passing the calibrations really low, so if you didn't pass it then you really are far from mastering it. If you want a better score on the assignment, then you need to re-do the whole assignment. See here for more about the way papers are graded.

  10. Q: The grading period for CPR just ended. I'm looking at my grade and I realize I don't understand it. How do I figure out what it means?
    A: More on how to understand your grade in CPR see here.

  11. Q: What are the most common Calibration problems?
    A: The most common problem for the Calibration stage is not leaving enough time to do them slowly and carefully. Students that rush them are typically surprised when they don't pass. They are also surprised when they only get 2 attempts which is different than for eCampus quizzes.

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General: General Information about Grades, Assignment Requirements and Revisions(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: How are the scores for the eCampus quizzes, PLRQ, and Papers determined determined and how do they affect my final grade?
    A: The fraction of the final grade for each item can be found in the
    Syllabus. Details about how each of the part are graded are as follows:

  2. Q: How are my CPR scores for the Papers and the PLRQ assignments calculated?
    A: There are two answers to this question.
    1. For all the Papers and PLRQ assignments Units 2-6, it is just the score you get in CPR. For more detail go here.
    2. For the first PLRQ assignment, Unit 1, you can find a description here.

  3. Q: Are all the assignments in the course (eCampus quizzes, PLRQ Assignments and Papers) pass/fail? Do I need to get all the questions right on all quizzes to pass each? Do I get unlimited attempts for each?
    A: No. This is a little subtle, but here is the answer for each assignment type:

  4. Q: Can I do revisions to get a better grade?
    A: Yes. Typically it depends on the assignment, and in some cases it doesn't matter.

  5. Q: I was hoping to do better on my PLRQ/Paper assignment. What can I do to make my grade better?
    A: For more information go here.

  6. Q: I didn't do all the PLRQ assignments. I didn't do all the *parts* of all the PLRQ assignments. Can I still pass the course?
    A: Yes, you can have a zero for each PLRQ assignment (except the first one). However, this will count as part of your grade according to the weight on the
    Syllabus. Since they are due before class as a way of preparing for class, we will not accept them late without an excuse. For more information about late submissions go here.

  7. Q: I didn't do all the parts for all the papers. Can I still pass the course?
    A: Sort of. You must have a completed assignment for each paper (all parts of Stages 1 and 2). If you don't do part of the assignment on the original submission, you need to do all the stages for a Revision (more detail about Revisions can be found here. We will not ignore your score on the first assignment so it will affect your grade in the averaging, but you will be able to pass the class. If you have concerns contact the instructor right away.

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CPR: Information about doing Revisions for the CPR Assignments(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: How do I do a revision for a CPR assignment (PLRQ or Paper) if I want to do one? Will it take the higher grade?
    A: The revision assignments in CPR are separate assignments and both stages need to be completed. If you do better we will take the average of the two grades. Some notes:

  2. Q: I didn't pass the PLRQ Assignment for Unit 1. What do I need to do?
    A: This is described here.

  3. Q: I'm starting my Revision in CPR. Can I use the same questions/paper text I did in the original?
    A: Yes. You might want to use the feedback you got to make them better, but it isn't plagiarism to reuse your same materials. Note that if this is for a Paper (as opposed to a PLRQ submission), you will need to submit your text into turnitin because we need to know if you didn't actually change anything.

  4. Q: If I want to do a Revision for CPR assignment can I just re-do the part I didn't do well on again? That would be much easier.
    A: No, we consider every CPR assignment, regardless of whether it is the original or the revision, to be a completely new assignment.

  5. Q: Can I do a Revision for each Paper/PLRQ Assignment?
    A: Yes, you are allowed to do a revision if you want a better grade. However, we will take the average of the two grades for the full CPR assignment.

  6. Q: If I want to do a revision for a Paper/PLRQ Assignment, do I need to contact the instructor?
    A: No, you can just submit directly when the Revision Assignment opens in CPR. Remember that if this is a Paper you must submit your text to
    turnitin on eCampus. You may use the same text as your original text, however we recommend you use the feedback to improve it.

  7. Q: If I do a Revision, do I still need to turn my paper in to turnitin.com if I don't change the text?
    A: Yes, but this is only true for Papers (we do not need it for the PLRQ). The only way we will be able to tell if you didn't change the text is if you submit it to turnitin.com turnitin.com is smart enough to know which was your original paper, but CPR is not.

  8. Q: I just submitted my assignment to the Revision, but I can't go on to the calibrations?
    A: The Revision assignments order and due dates are the same as all CPR assignments. For more detail see here

  9. Q: I did well on the text submission of my paper, but poorly on the calibrations. Can I just go back and do the calibrations?
    A: No, you need to do the full assignment. See here for more about the way papers are assigned. We note that while you are welcome to resubmit your same text, you have just been given feedback on how to make it better. There is a very real chance you were overgraded by your peers and you don't want to take the chance of getting a worse grade on your second try.

  10. Q: I did really well on the calibrations, but didn't do well on the text part. Can I just resubmit my text?
    A: No, see here for more about the rules for Revisions.

  11. Q: I did well on the text part of my paper, but lost most of my points on the calibration. Can I do a revision for this? If so, what does that do to my grade?
    A: Yes, you may do the revision assignment as a way to improve your grade, but you should check here for things you ought to know.

  12. Q: I submitted my text for a CPR assignment, but decided I didn't want to finish it. Is that ok? Will I have points deducted from my score?
    A: Ideally you only submit text if you are going to the full assignment (others will have to grade your submission, and if you don't grade theirs they will only get 2 reviews). That being said, if you don't do Stage 2 we'll just drop the 2nd score.

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CPR: Information about Grades in CPR(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: Where do I find my grade for the PLRQ and Paper assignments?
    A: The PLRQ (except for Unit 1) grades and Paper grades are found in CPR and will not be transferred to eCampus. The PLRQ Unit 1 is Pass/Revise, and when you pass it you will be given 100.

  2. Q: The grading period for CPR just ended. I'm looking at my grade in CPR and I realize I don't understand it. How do I figure out what it means?
    A: More on how to understand your grade in CPR is calculated can be found here.

  3. Q: I was looking at my grades in CPR again, and it looked like my grade changed. Is that right?
    A: Yes, this can be correct. Sometimes we have people who submit their reviews late because they got extensions. When their reviews are added, this can change the grade for those papers. If you think you were misgraded, follow the instructions here

  4. Q: Other stuff I should know?
    A: It's important to remember that your full CPR grade is the sum of all the various components of the assignment. More information on your full grade can be found here. For all the assignments there is a revision available if you have shown a good faith effort on the first attempt. For more information about the revision process, see here.

  5. Q: I was hoping to do better on my PLRQ/Paper assignment. What can I do to make my grade better?
    A: First check to make sure you were graded correctly. If you think you were misgraded, follow the instructions given
    here. If that doesn't help, you can do a revision. For more detail see .

  6. Q: I'm looking at the reviewer scores I got and they don't seem right/fair. What should I do?
    A: If you think you were misgraded, follow the instructions given
    here.

  7. Q: I'm looking at the reviewer scores I got, and I didn't get three reviews. Will that hurt me?
    A: No, CPR takes the weighted average of the grades you got. The rest of the reviews may (or may not) come in later. Either way, if you think you were misgraded or just want to be sure, follow the instructions given here.

  8. Q: CPR said my text rating is a 7.99, but the three reviewers gave me a 9, 10, and a 6. That averages to 8.33. Can you fix this?
    A: It's important to remember that CPR doesn't just take the average of the three grades you received. If one of the reviewers is not good (as evidenced by not doing well on their calibrations) their grade doesn't count as much. More detail about understaning how the grading is done in CPR can be found here. Either way, if you think you were misgraded or just want to be sure, follow the instructions given here.

  9. Q: Must I do a Revision for each Paper/PLRQ Assignment?
    A: No. You are not required to do a revision, but you are always allowed to do a revision if you want a better grade. However, we will take the average of the two grades for the full CPR assignment. For more info on Revisions, and the effect it will have on your grades, go here

  10. Q: I didn't do well on my PLRQ/Paper assignments. What can I do to get a better grade? Can I do a Revision?
    A: You are welcome to do a revision. For more info on Revisions, and the effect it will have on your grades, go here. The best way to do better on your paper assignments is to follow the instructions which can be found here. The instructions on how to get a good grade on the reading questions can be found here.

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CPR: Requesting regrades for PLRQ and Paper Assignments(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: I don't think I was graded properly on my CPR assignment (PLRQ or Paper). What do I need to do to request a regrade?
    A: We always want to make sure you get the score you deserve. To do this in a way that is easy and useful to both us and you we want you to send the following two types of things to 109help@physics.tamu.edu:
    1. Basic information (so we don't have to get it ourselves from CPR):
      • Which Paper/PLRQ Unit number? Original or Revision?
      • Give us the scores the reviewers gave (number of yes's and overall score), and self-assessment score.
    2. Your concern:
      • What was the problem? Examples include: Reviewers gave Noís when they should have given yesses? The score didnít reflect the number of Yesses?
      • For each rubric they gave a No, but you thought they should have given a Yes, tell us WHY you think you should have gotten a Yes (for example, which paragraph in the paper the evidence is given.)

    Here is an example of an excellent email to send for a PLRQ Grade Request:

      I am requesting a regrade for PLRQ Unit 1, Original

      Peer Review 1 (9/20, score of 5)
      Q1 yes yes yes no no
      Q2 yes no no no no
      Q3 no to all
      Q4 yes to all

      Peer Review 2 (20/20, but marked score of 8)
      yes to all

      Peer Review 3 (20/20, score of 10)
      yes to all

      Self-assessment (20/20, but marked score of 9)

      I think I was misgraded, especially by one reviewer, and one's score doesn't match the number of yes's given. Basically, for Question 3, the first grader said it was explicitly answered in the book. However, only a simpler question was explicitly answered, not my question.

      Also, for the 2nd question, reviewer one thought it wasn't related to the Unit these questions are about and gave me no's for 2-5, but on page [blank], it mentions [blank] which is why I asked this question in the first place.

      Also, I think my first question, while maybe not going far beyond the reading, is trying to clarify something in particular that I didn't understand, and that's why I asked it.

    Here is an example of an excellent email to send for a Paper Grade Request:

      I am requesting a regrade for Paper 1, Original

      Review 1: 15/20, score of 7
      Review 2: 19/20, score of 9
      Review 3: 13/20, score of 7
      Self Assessment: 18/20, score of 9

      I think I was misgraded, by two of the three graders. They gave No's when I believe it should have been a Yes.
      #10: They said I never explained what dark matter is. It is defined, not as clearly as I could have, but definitely there in the 3rd paragraph

      #13: They said I didn't mention how the planets orbit the Sun. I did mention that they orbit.

      #16: It said that I didn't mention lensing. That's not true, I did in paragraph 3.

      I agree I didn't get #12 or #14 correct.

  2. Q: I think one of the Reviews I did didn't get the score it deserved. Basically, the other two reviewers disagreed with me and I think they are wrong. Thus, I lost points. Can you check to see if that paper was graded correctly so I can get my points back?
    A: Yes. Just follow the standard instructions for asking for a regrade which can be found here.


Lab Course: Stuff for the Companion Lab Course (ASTR/PHYS 119)(Confirmed for 2017A)

  1. Q: Is there a lab part of this class? More stuff to do/learn? Will the lab course count as part of my "Life and Physical Sciences" requirement? Is it required to take the lab?
    A: Yes there is an *optional* companion "lab" for this course (ASTR/PHYS 119), yes it does count as a 1 credit hour for "Life and Physical Sciences". No, the lab is NOT required.

  2. Q: When is the first lab?
    A: The first lab is during the second week of classes unless the instructor emails otherwise. See the Syllabus for more details.

  3. Q: What do I need to do to prepare for each lab?
    A: This is described in the Lab Class Schedule with more detail found here.

  4. Q: When is each lab report due and what needs to be completed before each class?
    A: The class schedule and important due dates can be found here.

  5. Q: Where do I find the pre-lab quizzes?
    A: The pre-lab quizzes can be found in eCampus.

  6. Q: What all are the things that must be done during the lab itself? How do I know if I can leave early?
    A: In general you should not be planning on leaving early. See the Syllabus to make sure you have done all the things you need to do during the lab.

  7. Q: Is there a checklist for all the things I need to do during lab?
    A: Yes, see the
    Syllabus for more details.

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