|The FIRST LABS meet week of TUESDAY September 3 .|
Location: 331B North Kedzie Laboratory
Lab Manual: Visions of the Universe, by Beers, Daly,
Kuhn, Loh, Parker, Simkin, & Stein
Hayden-McNeil, 11th edition
Web Page: http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/ISP205L/
Supervisor: Prof. Norman Birge, 4224 BPS, 355-9200 ext. 2203, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: By appointment
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ISP 205L is the laboratory part of ISP 205, "Visions of the Universe." The goals of ISP 205L are to reinforce concepts introduced in ISP 205 lecture with concrete examples, to illustrate what astronomers do and how one makes deductions from observations, and to enhance reasoning and problem solving skills. The laboratory meets once a week for 2 hour 50 minutes. Each lab runs for one week (Tuesday through Monday). The dates for the labs are shown below.
|1||9/3 -- 9/9||Observing the Night Sky||Questions for Lab 1|
|2||9/10 -- 9/16||Appearance of the Night Sky||Questions for Lab 2|
|3||9/17 -- 9/23||Math, Measurements, and Making Plots||Questions for Lab 3|
|4||9/24 -- 9/30||The Solar System||Questions for Lab 4|
|5||10/1 -- 10/7||Measuring Distances with Parallax||Questions for Lab 5|
|6||10/8 -- 10/14||Moon/Image Lab||Questions for Lab 6|
|7||10/15 -- 10/21||Spectra||Questions for Lab 7|
|8||10/22-- 10/28||Solar Rotation||Questions for Lab 8|
|9||10/29-- 11/4||Light Curve of a Variable Star||Questions for Lab 9|
|10||11/5 -- 11/11||Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram of a Star Cluster||Questions for Lab 10|
|11||11/12 -- 11/18||Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters||Questions for Lab 11|
|12||11/19 -- 11/25||The Big Bang||Questions for Lab 12|
To succeed in ISP 205L, talk to your lab partners and the lab instructor. You will be working in groups of two students for most of the labs (in exceptional cases you may be asked to work in groups of more than two). Make the most of your partner: ask him/her for help; test your understanding of by explaining ideas to him/her. However, each student is must write up their own answers (even if they are the same as your partners). Your lab instructor will help by clarifying any confusing instructions and explaining any confusing concepts. Ask them for help when needed.
To succeed in ISP 205L, YOU MUST TAKE PART IN THE CLASS DISCUSSION at the end of each lab. You can ask questions, make comments or answer questions. You can not remain quiet and get a good grade.
Your ISP205L grade is based mostly (70%) on your LAB ANSWERS that are handed in at the end of each lab. Your lowest lab score will be dropped. If you miss a lab, this is the one which will be dropped with no penalty. If you miss MORE than one lab, and have valid excuses for all mised labs (e.g. Doctor's letters), then you must contact the Course Supervisor to make up the missed lab. If you don't have a valid excuse, then you will receive a 0.0 for each lab missed beyond the one which is dropped penalty free. Missed labs are very costly in terms of your final grade: each missed lab drops the final grade by about 0.5.
Your ISP205L grade is based also (25%) on your participation in the
DISCUSSION at the end of each lab. To get full credit for the discussion
part of the lab you must participate regularly in the lab discussions. You
will receive one point (up to a maximum of 2 in each lab) for each time
you participate in the discussion with a relevant comment, question
or answer to a question. A list of discussion questions will be handed
out at the previous lab and will be available as a link from the web home
The last 5% of your ISP205L grade is based on coming to class on time. For each lab, your TA will give you a point for being in the lab on time, and no point if you are more than a few minutes late. (Since there are 12 labs, each of these points will be worth 5/12 % of your grade.)
The grading scale for the Quizzes, Lab Answers and Discussion Participation is:
For general information see http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/ISP205L/intro.1stday.html
For information on arithmetic with numbers in scientific notation, see Scientific Arithmetic at the University of Oregon.
Updated by Norman Birge: 2002.09.11 (Wednesday) 10:14:53 EDT 9/11/02