PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Department of Physical Science and Engineering
Welcome to Astronomy Laboratory!
PSC 102 Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
Reference No. 4318
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Associate Professor, Engineering Coordinator, Physical Sciences and Engineering
OTHER LOCATIONS : CH-100 (Department) and Cyber Cafe
PHONE NUMBERS: 301-386-7536 (Office) or 301-322-0420 (Department Main Line)
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OFFICE HOURS: MW 7:15-9:15pm; TTh 2:30-3:30pm, by appointment all other times
PSC 102 is designed to provide a hands-on laboratory experience to accompany lectures in astronomy. The goal will be to give you a feel for what real astronomers do and the rewards and difficulties in scientific studies.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to
Explain daily and annual motions in the heavens.
Use astronomical devices such as star charts.
Interface with planetarium software packages, analysis software packages, and astronomical internet sites.
Compare and contrast astronomical digital images.
Compare and contrast spectra of celestial objects.
Describe the vast distances between astronomical objects.
Exploration: An Introduction to Astronomy 5th Edition. Arny, Thomas T. and Schneider, Stephen E. McGraw-Hill (2008).
OTHER REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS:
3 three-hole binders 1" or larger for the handouts on material not covered in the required textbook to be distributed in class throughout the semester. Folders are not acceptable.
Pens, Pencils, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.
OUTSIDE CLASS REQUIREMENTS:
As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.
Homework will be assigned each week including the first week.
Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:
Each of the four labs that are not CLEA labs or homework is worth 10% of your grade.
The CLEA lab for Solar Rotation is worth 5% of your grade.
The CLEA lab for Object X is worth 25% of your grade.
The CLEA lab for H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters is worth 20% of your grade.
Homework is worth a total of 10% of the grade.
HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED
Lab report is due at the start of class (or before) except for in-class projects.
Make-up labs are up to the discretion of the teacher (excused absences only).
New labs are to be covered each week and include but are not limited to the following subjects. This outline is subject to change.
HOMEWORK DUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: Astromath 101, Night Sky Observation AND Determining Solar Altitude Using the Gnomon
Week 1 Scaling the Universe
Week 2 Charting the Heavens Using a Star Chart
Week 3 Charting the Heavens Using a Virtual Planetarium
Week 4 Exploring the Geology of Other Worlds
Week 5 Exploring the Geology of Other Worlds
Week 6 Solar Rotation Lab
Week 7 Object X
Week 8 Object X
Week 9 Object X
Week 10 Object X
Week 11 H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters
Week 12 H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters
Week 13 H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters
Week 14 H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters
Week 15 H-R Diagrams of Star Clusters
Reading assignments are as follows: Use the Introduction to Astronomy textbook (PSC 101) to get additional material for the course
Food and drink in limited quantities (snacks, not meals) are permitted in restricted areas (not near electronics or computers) and will be revoked if proper cleanliness is found wanting.
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
Friday, February 15
President's Day. COLLEGE CLOSED
Monday, February 18
Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up
Wednesday, March 26
Spring break. COLLEGE CLOSED for the week.
Monday-Sunday, March 17 to March 23
Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes
Friday, April 18
Last Day of regular classes for the Spring Semester
Wednesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 14
Lab will be held in HT-305 or at any computer you wish!
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