Motion in Two Dimensions
o In 2D necessary to use vector notation to describe physical quantities w/ both magnitude & direction.
Scalars and Vectors
o Scalars have magnitude only ie: temp, speed, mass, & volume
o Vectors have magnitude & direction. Magni
Einsteins equation E=mc2 relates to matter-energy equivalence
Parallax: An apparent shift of an object due to the observers change in
Gravity is the most predominant of the four fundamental forces on a cosmic
Kilometer = 1,000 meters
Copernicus heliocentric model failed to work as well as it might it might to
predict the positions of the planets because Copernicus insisted the orbits
One of Tycho Brahes major contributions to astronomy was to prove a
In materials like glass or water the speed of light is reduced.
Radio waves range in wavelengths from millimeters to hundreds of meters.
Statements thats true: even though x-rays have higher energy, they move
with the same speed as that of visible light.
Einsteins equation E=mc2 relates to:
An apparent shift of an object due to the observers change in position
The most predominant of the four fundamental forces on a cosmic scale is:
A kilometer is:
Using interferometry, scientists can use a few smaller telescopes to take images
with the same resolution as a much larger telescope.
A warm dust cloud in which stars are forming would be best observed with an
A galaxy with almost no s
Inertia: property that summarizes bodys tendency to stay in the state of rest
True statements about newtons first law of motion:
A body at rest stays at rest unless a forces is applied to it
A body in motion stays in motion unless a force is ap
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Spring 2012 Lab Schedule
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Lab Intro/Orientation (You must attend the lab section in which are registered)
Physics 101L, 153, 113/213
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Using Cartes du Ciel
Cartes du Ciel is free software available for download on the Internet and you may acquire for
your personal use the same version that we use in this lab by visiting the Cartes du Ciel website.
Installation is straightforward and take
BATSE Solar Flare Server
Solar Data Anal sis Center
BATSE Solar Flare Server
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Syllabus for PHYS 153
PS 128, CHE 209
Be sure to download a copy of this syllabus and bring it with you to your lab orientation.
PHYS 153 Corequisite: PHYS 152. Topics: Celestial Coordinates, Telescopes, The Solar System, The Orbit
Welcome to PHYS153, Astronomy Lab. This laboratory is intended to accompany the lecture
course PHYS152 (Descriptive Astronomy) but may be taken at any time as a standalone one-credit
course. If your objective is to fulfill ISU Goal V you must take both PH
Laboratory 10 Measuring the Properties of Binary Stars
Materials Used: Spectral data from the eclipsing binary star system JR-M 60; an Excel
spreadsheet with system parameters, a light curve, velocity curves and spectral data; a
Laboratory 6 - The Orbit of the Moon
Materials Used: Vernier caliper, moon photographs, Excel spreadsheet with Polar Plotter add-in.
Objective: To measure the eccentricity of the Moon's orbit.
Discussion: The Moon has a very low orbital eccentricity. Know
Laboratory 8 - Properties of Light and Atomic Spectra
Materials Used: Spectrometers, CLEA software1.
Objectives: To explore the fundamental nature of light; to become acquainted with spectroscopy.
Discussion: From the time of Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727
Laboratory 7 - Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Materials Used: Scaling transparency, photographs of the Trapezium and Pleiades star clusters,
Objectives: To investigate Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams; to estimate the ages of stars from the
Laboratory 3 - Celestial Coordinates II
Materials Used: Schmidt telescope on an equatorial mount, SkyMap software.
Objectives: To understand how to use a telescope to locate and view celestial objects; to become
acquainted with SkyMap - a digital sky atla
Laboratory 1 - Celestial Coordinates I
Materials Used: ESSCO SC001 Constellation Star Chart, Edmund Scientific Star and Planet
Locator (Planisphere) and user manual.
Objectives: To become acquainted with basic navigation of the night sky; to become famili
Laboratory 4 - Observing the Planets in the Night Sky
Materials Used: Star and Planet locator, Star Charts, SkyMap software.
Objectives: To investigate the night sky as it will appear this evening and to predict when conditions
will be favorable for viewi
Laboratory 5 - The Solar System
Materials Used: Two-meter sticks, photographs of the planets, flashlight, a sheet of graph paper.
Objectives: To investigate the size, shape and organization of the solar system; to study the motion of
bodies within the sol
Laboratory 2 - Introduction to Lenses & Telescopes
Materials Used: A set of four lenses, an optical bench with a centimeter scale, a white screen,
several lens holders, a light source (with crossed arrows), a set of high-intensity lamps (mounted in
Laboratory 9 - Calculation of the Age of the Universe
Materials Used: Spectral photos, vernier calipers, Excel spreadsheet.
Objectives: To study redshifts and recession velocity; to determine the Hubble Parameter; to
determine the age of the Universe with