A100 Lab Manual

A100 Lab Manual - Price: $6.00 Astronomy 100Lg General...

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Price: $6.00 Astronomy 100Lg General Education Laboratory Projects Spring 2009 Location: SGM 219 Contacts Contact your TA by e-mail! USC - Department of Physics and Astronomy GE
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2 Table of Contents Laboratory Organization and Policy 3 Laboratory Meetings 4 Laboratory Attendance 4 Absences 5 Laboratory Activities and Grading 5 Grading 6 Evening Observations 7 Contacting the Laboratory Director or your TA 9 FAQs 9 Laboratory Schedule 11 Projects Basic Aspects of the Solar System and Beyond 12 Starry Night 20 Optics 36 Telescopes & Daytime Observations 58 The Sun 78 Kepler‟s Laws 92 Digital Astrophotography 100
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3 Laboratory Organization and Policy Rules Rules Rules The General Education Laboratories in Physics and Astronomy into which you have enrolled are attended by approximately 500 students per semester. The purpose of the labs is to bring you in touch with both the practical sides and the basic scientific aspects of your science course. To accommodate the high number of students attending and their diversity in motivation, interests and educational background, the lab projects are kept fundamental in nature. Laboratory meetings have a required attendance and are graded. The grade received is mostly determined by the cooperation and effort shown when addressing the projects and attempting to solve the problems posed. So, with cooperation and effort outweighing „the correct answer‟ , educational background becomes less of a factor. With the high number of students every semester attending these labs, a set of rules was developed (the laboratory policy) that should allow application of a uniform standard, to ensure that all students are given the same opportunity for participating in laboratory meetings, and that no student is denied a chance that was given to one or more others. Consequently, this laboratory policy may, at times, appear to be strict. However, historically, more than 95% of the students never come in touch with the rules laid down in the policy. Also historically, most problems arise when students do not at tend labs for either „personal‟ reasons, or when leaving early for and/or returning late from University Holidays. In these situations, the laboratory pol icy invariably „rules‟. Documented illness is considered a legitimate reason for absence. Inform the Laboratory Director and your TA as soon as possible, but always within 5 days after missing your laboratory meeting about your illness , to possibly schedule a make-up meeting. Students suffering from prolonged, documented illness should contact the Laboratory Director without delay to inquire about limitations in the number of lab meetings that can be made-up. A „legitimate reason for absence‟ never implies that a non -zero grade will be awarded without attending.
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4 Laboratory Meetings The laboratory into which you have enrolled will have meetings once every two weeks . Due to the high number of students enrolled in this course, your initial laboratory enrollment choice will very likely need to
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