Physics 1104 - Solar System Lab
- PHYS 1103 Syllabus - (not posted yet)
- Spring 2020 Schedule
- First Day Handout for Spring 2020
- Lab Manual (Protected)
- Lesson Outlines (Protected)
- Worksheets (Protected)
- 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 email@example.com.
- This course is taught in a hybrid format. That means that...
- 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.
- 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 1304. Study of the sun and its solar sysem, including its origin.
This course consists of an observational approach to what can be found and measured in our solar system.
Students will be involved in taking observations, performing simulations, data collection and analysis,
and the preparation of written reports.
Binoculars, different types of telescopes and other instrumentation will be used. Cross-listed as ASTR 1304.
- Measurable Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
To explain changes in the definition of astronomy. To develop appreciation of the early history of astronomy.
To develop a general idea of the basic structure of the universe. To define fundamental astronomical terms.
To discuss the earth’s age, origin, evolution, and structure. To describe gravitational force.
To describe the general structure of the solar system. To describe the structure of the sun and how it produces energy.