Outline of "Field Guide to Extrasolar Planets"

Course material can be found online at:


Michael Richmond
Office: Science Building 4, 1619
Second office: Science Building 2, C1039
E-mail: mwrsps@rit.edu

Class hours

   Monday    16:50 - 18:35      Science Building 2, C1043
   Tuesday   10:25 - 12:10      Science Building 2, C1043

Please bring calculator, pen, paper and some sort of device which can access the Internet (laptop or smartphone) to class with you each day. I will ask students to look for information and perform calculations as part of the class meeting.

On the first class meeting, you will need to make a name-card for yourself. Please hand in the card to the instructor at the end of the class.

Office Hours

You are welcome to visit my office to talk about the class, or homework, or interesting news in astronomy, or Persona 5 and other video games, at any time.

You may make an appointment by E-mail, or just visit.


Homework problems must be written or printed onto paper and given to the instructor by the assigned due date. You are welcome to work together on the problems, but you must write all the steps yourself on the papers you submit.

Answers to the homework problems will appear after the due date. Because the answers will be visible to everyone at that time, we will accept no late homework.


There are several components to the final score in this course. The list below is not definitive, but a rough guide to the importance of each component.
   30  percent  in-class quizzes and discussion
   40  percent  homework 
   30  percent  final project
  100  percent

If you know in advance that you will have to miss an assignment, please contact the instructor.


There are no official textbooks for this course. However, there are books which I recommend that you read. These books may clarify material covered in class, and they may also give you a second view which makes more sense to you than our explanations.

This page maintained by Michael Richmond. Last modified Sep 12, 2016.