Labs


You will be required to complete a minimum of three laboratory projects during the semester. Those taking the course for a letter grade are advised to complete five projects. Laboratory work will be available in a number of formats:

Observations at the campus Observatory. The Observatory dome houses a 16-inch aperture Cassegrain reflecting telescope on an equatorial mount, and several portable telescopes that can be set up on the flat roof of the Science Center. To get there, take the stair at the south end of the building and keep going to the top (you can take the elevator, but it is at the other end of the building and only takes you as far as the 3rd floor). Observatory sessions begin mid-September and continue through to the last week of classes. The evenings that the Observatory will be open to Earth & Sky students will be announced in class and posted on LMS.

Cloudy-night labs. Ideally, all labs should involve looking at a clear sky, but because of the large enrollment of this course and the typically inclement weather, it is unrealistic for all students to complete all their lab work at the Observatory. We will therefore provide alternative labs that involve indoor work on related topics. Typically, these will be held in the Science Center on the same schedule as the Observatory sessions. Again, further details will be announced in class and posted on LMS.

Lab reports will be required for each completed lab and must be submitted via LMS. Requirements for lab reports will be explained at the first lab.

Note that lab attendance, including submission of the requisite number of lab reports, is a requirement to obtain a passing grade in the course.