PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Welcome to Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory!
PSC 102 – Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson
OFFICE HOURS: T Th 1-3pm, W 4-5pm
Exploring the Universe: Laboratory Activities for PSC 102 by Sinex, Gage and Hunt (1999, PGCC Press) – available free online at http://academic.pgcc.edu/psc/psc102/exploring_the_universe.htm
PSC 102 is designed to provide a hands-on laboratory experience to accompany lectures in astronomy. After this course you should be able to:
Explain daily and annual motions in the heavens;
Use astronomical devices such as star charts, celestial spheres, spectroscopes;
Interface with planetarium software packages and astronomical internet sites;
Interpret astronomical photos and digital images;
Compare and contrast spectra of elements and stars;
Describe the vast distances between astronomical objects.
As each lab will be preceded by a brief presentation by the instructor, being punctual is strongly advised.
Final Exam = 30%
Labs = 60%
Homework (2) = 10%
The Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) forbids me from discussing your grade with you over the telephone or via email. All discussion of your grade must be in person.
TENTATIVE LABORATORY SCHEDULE
1/25 Introduction/Background to Night Sky Observations
2/1 Scaling the Universe
2/8 Coordinate Systems: Locating Yourself on a Sphere
2/15 Navigating the Stars Using the Celestial Sphere
2/22 Charting the Heavens Using a Star Chart**
3/1 Charting the Heavens Using a Virtual Planetarium
3/8 Exploring the Relationship between Light Intensity and Distance
3/15 Deciphering Stellar Motion
3/22 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star How Astronomers Know What You Are – Part I
3/29 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star How Astronomers Know What You Are – Part II; Spectroscopy in Motion: A Way to Measure Velocity
4/5 Spectroscopy in Motion: A Way to Measure Velocity
4/12 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS
4/19 Stars and the Interstellar Medium**
4/26 In Far Off Distance Galaxies: Classification of Shape**
5/3 FINAL EXAM, Homework Due: Night Sky Observations Lab; Determining Solar Altitude Using the Gnomon
BLACKBOARD (not used in this class): Blackboard is a web-based program that serves as the college’s online classroom. To login to your Blackboard course, please follow these steps:
Go to the Prince George's Community College Blackboard web site which is located at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. NOTE: There is no “www” in the Blackboard address.
ALL STUDENTS must use their myPGCC username and password to login to
Blackboard. The Blackboard account login information has changed for students.
You will not be able to login using your “old” Blackboard username and password.
If you do not have a myPGCC account, you will need to create one: Go to http://my.pgcc.edu to create a myPGCC account. You will use your myPGCC username and password to login to Blackboard.
If you already have a myPGCC account, reset your password, if necessary: The first time you access Blackboard using your myPGCC account, you must change your myPGCC password to access Blackboard. When you change your myPGCC password, the Blackboard system is updated with the myPGCC account information. Go to http://my.pgcc.edu to reset your myPGCC password. Blackboard will be updated 1-2 minutes after you reset your password.
Once you have your myPGCC account information, type it in the Blackboard login box at the http://pgcconline.blackboard.com. (Write down your account information so you can refer to it if you forget.) If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard “Welcome” screen. In the box labeled “My Courses”, you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled. Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.
Immediately change your Blackboard email address. When information is downloaded into Blackboard from the college's database, your email address does not automatically download. The email address first posted in Blackboard is a generic address given to everyone. To ensure that your instructor can contact you by email, it is VERY important to change your email address as soon as you log in to Blackboard for the first time. Here are the steps for changing your Blackboard email address:
1. From YOUR Blackboard Welcome page (you will see WELCOME, ___! in bold letters at the top of this page), click on Personal Information in the Tools Box on the left side.
2. Click on Edit Personal Information.
3. Change your email address to your preferred email address (the one you check the most often).
4. Click the Submit button in the lower right corner to save the changes you have made.
Food and drink are not permitted in laboratory areas.
Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).
Common courtesy is to apply at all times.
Last day to apply for spring graduation Wednesday, February 15
Presidents' Day - College Closed, No Class Monday, February 20
Last day to change from "audit" to "credit" or "credit" to "audit" Friday, March 3
Spring Break - College Closed, No Classes Mon.-Sun., April 10-16
Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes Friday, April 21
Final Exam Thursday May 11
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