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ASTRONOMY 195
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Welcome to AST 195!
You have a standing assignment to check this web page at least twice a week.

Questions?  Feel free to call or stop by during
office hours (click here for the hours).


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL GRADES POSTED!

Have a good summer and keep using your telescope! :)

(photo by AST 195 student Erin Muthler)

Check the on-line grade sheet below.

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CHECK YOUR GRADES IN AST 195

***Click here***

With this on-line grade sheet you can check all your grades in AST 195, make sure that the professor recorded them properly, and see what your overall grade is in AST 195. 
This requires Microsoft Excel.  It works on Jefferson computers.  It may work on your personal computer or phone.

 

 

LAB CALENDAR

 

 

 

Week 1
Monday January 8 (Downtown)
Thursday January 11 (Southwest)
(scroll down for
additional weeks)

Click here for lab syllabus (sign & return).

 

Click here for information on required telescopes.

Click here for list of AST 195 projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday January 15: King Holiday (Monday class will not meet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2
Thursday January 18 (Southwest)
Monday January 22 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Purchasing a Telescope

·         Telescope Basics A

Print out the materials for these projects.  Bring your telescope!  (If you do not have your telescope yet, come and learn from what others are doing.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3
Thursday January 25 (Southwest)
Monday January 29 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Purchasing a Telescope

·         Telescope Basics A

·         Telescope Basics B

Print out the materials for these projects.  Bring your telescope!  (If you do not have your telescope yet, come and learn from what others are doing—but you definitely must get that telescope by next week.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4
Thursday February 1 (Southwest)
Monday February 5 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Purchasing a Telescope (LAST WEEK for this project)

·         Telescope Basics A

·         Telescope Basics B

·         Basic Observing Equipment

Print out the materials for these projects.  Bring your telescope!  Note that you need to get some things for Basic Observing Equipmentdon’t spend a lot of money, because it is easy to make a red light from any cheap light!

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

By this point many students (those who are through Basics B and have the Basic Observing Equipment) will be able to start some of the “on your own” Advanced Projectsdon’t delay, get started if you are able.

 

DUE DATES:

·         Telescope Purchasing project is due this week.

·         Basics A due at Week 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5
Thursday February 8 (Southwest)
Monday February 12 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Telescope Basics A (due this week)

·         Telescope Basics B

·         Basic Observing Equipment

·         Lunar Planning

Print out the materials for these projects.  Note that you need to get some things for Basic Observing Equipmentdon’t spend a lot of money, because it is easy to make a red light from any cheap light!

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

Be working on them “on your own”—see WEEK 4 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday February 19: President’s Day Holiday (Monday class will not meet)

Thursday February 15: Thursday class will not meet, in order to keep the two classes “in synch” (since the Monday class has had two holidays)

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

Be working on them “on your own”—see WEEK 4 for more information.

First “on your own” Advanced Project is due WEEK 9 (was week 8 but moved back on account of rain).  If you have a good night to do an Lunar Observation project, do it—if you put it off you might find you have a week of clouds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6
Thursday February 22 (Southwest)
Monday February 26 (Downtown)

Today is a catch-up day for Beginner projects (click for the list).  No new projects this week.  All remaining Beginner projects are due next week (WEEK 7) if you have not turned them in already.

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

Be working on them “on your own”—see WEEK 4 for more information.

 

Next week—bring a lot of LIGHTWEIGHT CARDBOARD (like cereal boxes, heavy folders, etc. – no corrugated box cardboard).  Scissors and duct tape is good, too.  We are going to build stuff for the telescopes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7
Thursday March 1 (Southwest)
Monday March 5 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Aperture Mask

Remember that CARDBOARD!
And you need your TELESCOPE TUBE (or the whole telescope).

 

All remaining Beginner projects are due today if you have not turned them in already.

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

Be working on them “on your own”.

 

Next week—bring MORE LIGHTWEIGHT CARDBOARD (like cereal boxes, heavy folders, etc. – no corrugated box cardboard).  Scissors and duct tape is good, too.  We are going to build more stuff for the telescopes.

 

First “on your own” Advanced Project is due WEEK 9 (was week 8 but moved back on account of rain).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8
Thursday March 8 (Southwest)

March 12-16: Spring Break
(No classes)

 

Monday March 19 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Aperture Mask

·         Solar Filter Making

Remember that CARDBOARD!
And you need your whole TELESCOPE.

 

ADVANCED PROJECTS:

Be working on them “on your own”—see WEEK 4 for more information.

 

First “on your own” Advanced Project is due NEXT WEEK (was week 8 but moved back on account of rain).

 

A second “on your own” Advanced Project is due WEEK 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9
Thursday March 22 (Southwest)
Monday March 26 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Aperture Mask (LAST WEEK for this project)

·         Solar Filter Making

·         Solar observing—if it is SUNNY (and it was sunny for the Thursday class!  Hooray!  But it was not sunny for the Monday class… Boo!)

Remember that CARDBOARD!
And you need your whole TELESCOPE.

 

First “on your own” Advanced Project is due today.  Aperture Mask is due today.

 

A second “on your own” Advanced Project is due NEXT WEEK.

 

A third “on your own” Advanced Project is due WEEK 11, and then after that all the remaining ones will all be coming due in a bunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10
Thursday March 29 (Southwest)
Monday April 2 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar Filter Making (LAST WEEK for this project)

·         Solar observing—if it is SUNNY (and it was not sunny for the Thursday OR the Monday class!  Boo!)

Remember that CARDBOARD!
And you need your whole TELESCOPE.

 

Second “on your own” Advanced Project is due today.

 

A third “on your own” Advanced Project is due NEXT WEEK.

 

Two more “on your own” projects are due WEEK 12.

 

In all of these cases, *you* choose which “on your own” projects to turn in.  What is required is that you turn the “on your own” projects in, not that you turn in specific “on your own” projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 11
Thursday April 5 (Southwest)
Monday April 9 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar observing—if it is SUNNY (and it was sunny for the Thursday class!  HOORAY – and we had some sun for the Monday class, too!)

And you need your whole TELESCOPE AND SOLAR FILTER if you still need to do solar observation.

 

Third “on your own” Advanced Project is due today.

 

Two more “on your own” projects are due NEXT WEEK.

 

You may turn in a MAXIMUM of THREE “on your own” projects at WEEK 13, and a MAXIMUM of TWO during FINAL EXAMS WEEK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 12
Thursday April 12 (Southwest)
Monday April 16 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar observing—if it is SUNNY (and it was sunny again for the Thursday class!  HOORAY… but it actually was snowing for the Monday class!!!)

And you need your whole TELESCOPE AND SOLAR FILTER if you still need to do solar observation.

 

Two more “on your own” projects are due today.

 

You may turn in a MAXIMUM of THREE “on your own” projects NEXT WEEK, and a MAXIMUM of TWO during FINAL EXAMS WEEK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 13
Thursday April 19 (Southwest)
Monday April 23 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar observing—if it is SUNNY (and it was cloudy for the Thursday class, and, of course, for the Monday class.)

And you need your whole TELESCOPE AND SOLAR FILTER if you still need to do solar observation.

 

You may turn in a MAXIMUM of THREE “on your own” projects today.

 

You may turn in a MAXIMUM of TWO during FINAL EXAMS WEEK, or Week 14.  Week 14 is the LAST WEEK of lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday April 26: Thursday class will not meet in order to get the two classes in synch for Finals Week (the Thursday class is ahead of the Monday because of holidays).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 14
Monday April 30 (Downtown)
Thursday May 3 (Southwest)

The schedule for final exam week is set by Jeffersonclick here for details for Downtown and Southwest Campus classes.  Based on this schedule, you may turn in you last two projects at any one of the following times and places:

 

Downtown Campus: Monday, April 30, Hartford Hall Room 204, 1:00 PM.

 

Southwest Campus: Thursday, May 3, Room SCI 113, 10:30 AM.

 

You may turn in a MAXIMUM of TWO “on your own” projects today.

 

This is the last week to turn in material for lab.  After I leave the SW Campus on Thursday, May 3, the AST 195 classes are officially finished, and no other material can be turned in.  I will post grades as soon as I can get everything graded.