PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Welcome to Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory!

PSC 102 – Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory

Spring 2006


INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson

OFFICE: CH-310C

PHONE: 301-386-7536

EMAIL ADDRESS: sdjohnson@pgcc.edu

WEB PAGE: http://academic.pgcc.edu/~sjohnson

OFFICE HOURS: T Th 1-3pm, W 4-5pm

REQUIRED ITEMS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

PSC 102 is designed to provide a hands-on laboratory experience to accompany lectures in astronomy. After this course you should be able to:

As each lab will be preceded by a brief presentation by the instructor, being punctual is strongly advised.

GRADING CRITERIA:

PRIVACY:

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

DATE EXPERIMENT

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:

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.

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations. Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2005-2006 Student Handbook, beginning on page 41, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle. In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity. To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process. The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2005-2006 Student Handbook (pages 42-45) and posted on the college's website.


CLASSROOM POLICIES

  1. Food and drink are not permitted in laboratory areas.

  2. Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).

  3. Common courtesy is to apply at all times.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

DELAYED COLLEGE OPENINGS

When the college announces a delayed opening, all classes with at least 45 minutes of class time remaining at the time of the opening will be held. For example, in the event of a 10 a.m. opening, a 9:30-10:45 a.m. class will be held. This procedure applies to all credit classes.

COLLEGE RESOURCES AND SERVICES

Campus Bookstore 301-322-0912

Largo Student Center, Room 116

www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/bookstore.html

Library

Accokeek Hall General information: 301-322-0105

Circulation services: 301-322-0475

Reference services: 301-322-0476

www.pgcc.edu/library

The Library provides a range of library and media services. Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

Student Development Services 301-322-0886

www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/student_services/index-sds.htm

Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising, and individual counseling. Call or check the website for more information.


**Assessment Lab