Physics 1103 - Stars and Galaxies Lab
- PHYS 1103 Syllabus - (not posted yet)
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- First Day Handout - (not posted yet)
- Lab Manual (Protected)
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- Student Session Outlines
- Special Notes and Expectations:
- This can be very rewarding and fun course but there are a few guidelines and expectations that you should think about before signing up for it.
- If you have any questions about this information, email Dr. John McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This course is taught in a hybrid format. That means that...
- There are a few times that you will absolutely need to be in class in order to be successful.
- Failure to make the manditory meetings will put you at a severe disadvantage and may limit your opportunities.
- Most of the work will be done on your own.
- Check the schedule for additional and mandatory meeting times.
- Be prepared to work around adverse weather.
- You should not attempt this class unless you...
- Are a self starter.
- Have very good time management skills.
- Are willing to spend a lot of time observing at wierd hours of the night.
- You should have reliable transportation and access to a dark sky.
- You are responsible for any travel needs or other considerations.
- You may need to travel to a state park or otherwise outlying area.
- You may want to consider joining a group that provides access to dark skies.
- It might be a good idea to have a person with whom you can work.
- This will keep you engaged.
- This will give you company while out observing.
- This will keep you accountable.
- This will make the class more enjoyable.
- There is safety in numbers.
- Plan to enjoy this class and not just get by. It can be a fun class.
- Some equipment may be checked out.
- You will need to return the equipment promptly.
- Your transcript will be blocked if you don't.
- You must reinburse the cost of any broken equipment.
This course is designed to complement PHYS 1303 Study of stars, galaxies,
and the universe outside our solar system.The course consists of an observational approach to what can be found and
measured in the universe outside of our solar system.
Students will be involved in taking observations, performing simulations, data analysis, and preparation of written reports.
Binoculars, different types of telescopes and other instrumentation will be used. (Cross-listed as ASTR 1103).
- Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
Observed basic movements of the nighttime sky.
Observed and compared various deep sky objects.
Learned how to star hop to find faint objects.
Identified various constellations visible during
Employed observational basic properties of stars: distance, spectral class, motion, magnitude, composition, and parallax.
To discuss the classification scheme of stars as to spectral classes.
To explain the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and how it relates to stellar evolution.
To explain the stages of stellar evolution as the birth, life, and death of any size star.
To explain the interstellar medium and how it relates to atoms, molecules, dust, and nebulae.
To identify the classification scheme for binary stars, the importance of binary stars to astronomy,
and the origin and evolution of binary systems.
To describe the various types of natural star groupings in our galaxy and how they evolved.
To describe the Doppler shift as it relates to astronomical objects.