Contact details:
 Instructor: Stephen Kane
 Office: Pierce Hall 2360
 Office hours: Wednesdays, 1:00pm3:00pm
 Phone: 9518276593
 Email: skane@ucr.edu
Download the class syllabus here.

Class times:
 Tuesday, 10:00am11:30am Geology 1444
 Thursday, 10:00am11:30am Geology 1444
Text:
 "The Exoplanet Handbook" by Michael Perryman
 I also recommend "Exoplanets" edited by Sara Seager

Important Dates:
 February 1: Literature Review topic due
 March 1: Literature Review due
 March 13: Summary class
 March 15: FINAL EXAM 10:00am11:30am in class
Useful Links:
Lectures:

Assessment:
 Homework (40%): There will be four homeworks during the
semester. Most problems will require analytic solutions, however
there will usually be one problem per assignment that will involve
graphing and numerical solution with computer software such as
Mathematica, MATLAB, or any programming language.
 Literature Review (30%): Students will be required to write
a 4page critique of a published paper. The chosen paper must be
exoplanetrelated and published in a refereed journal. The critique
must include a summary of the paper, why the paper was chosen, and
discuss aspects such as key results, their significance, and
original ideas on future work. There are several places to find
exoplanet papers, such as
the NASA
Astrophysics Data System. The easiest method may be to use the
astroph.EP category of
the preprint
archive.
 Final Exam (30%): The final exam will test on all material
covered during the quarter and will be held during the final
class. Please arrive on time. If you arrive after someone else has
finished the exam, you may not take that exam.
Final Grades:
 A = 90% to 100%
 B = 77% to 89%
 C = 65% to 76%
 D = 50% to 64%
 F = below 50%
