Visions of the Universe Laboratory

Fall 2005


Supervising Professor: Jack Baldwin,, Office: 3270 Biomedical Physical Sciences Building, phone 355-9200 x2411. Office hour: Tu 10-11

Teaching Assistants:      Room 3265 BPS, phone 355-9200 x2445

Kim Dupczak  (

Aparajita Sengupta (

Angelo Varlotta (

Matt Steele

David Ventimiglia

Planetarium Personnel:

David Batch, Director

John French

Shane Horvatin


TA Office hours

e-mail Help Desk:

        Help Desk Hours


Meeting Place:

Usually in the Planetarium (between the two halves of Shaw Lane, just west of Farm Lane). Some meetings later in the semester will occur in various computer labs: see the course schedule for your section.


First Meeting of the Semester: In the PLANETARIUM.


Syllabus  (pdf format)


Course Schedules   (pdf format)  

Section 1 (Monday 3-5)

Section 2 (Tuesday 3-5)

Section 3 (Wednesday 3-5)

Section 4 (Thursday 3-5)


Required materials:

Book: Astronomy Media Workbook (Fourth Edition) for the Cosmic Perspective, by Michael LoPresto.

Software: Voyager Sky Gazer, College Edition (from Carina Software). Included with The Cosmic Perspective textbook used in the ISP205 lecture course. Look for the CD envelope inside the front cover. If you buy this textbook used, be sure to find one that still has the CD in it. If you are not currently taking the ISP205 lecture course, talk with your lead TA about how to best obtain a copy of this software, which is needed to do the homework.

HiTT Infrared Clicker: Rebate coupons are bundled both with the Astronomy Media Workbook and with the textbook for the ISP205 lecture course. The same clicker may be used in more than one course. Either the 6 or 12 button varieties will work.

Clipboard or stiff notebook, so that you can fill out papers and reports in your lap. Also, always bring blank sheets of paper (lined is best), and a pen.