Physics 108 Astronomy Laboratory
Spring 2015
Instructor: Mr. David Kanarr
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Office: Henson Hall 305-D
Text: REQUIRED Physics 108 lab packet available in the Book Rack
Office hours: Monday 100 – 2:00; Tuesday 3:00 – 4:30; Thursday 1:00 – 2:00
Course Description: The laboratory portion of Astronomy 108 will help you to learn more
about some of the lecture topics, as well as showing you how to use various methods for
identifying objects in the sky. We will work in the lab with star charts, computers,
spectrometers, and other tools. You should bring your lab book, pencil and calculator to
every lab session.
Attendance: Each student is expected to complete ALL of the labs. If it is necessary to miss
a lab the student should contact the instructor in advance. There will be an opportunity for
you to make up one missed lab at the end of the semester. If you miss a lab you should
contact me BEFORE coming to the next lab. If anyone misses 2 or more labs in a row you
Must contact me before you come to the next lab.
All work must be completed and turned in at the end of the lab each week. You may work
with a partner, but each student is expected to do their own work. No lab work may be
completed after the last day of class. Special exceptions for emergencies will be handled on
an individual basis at the discretion of the instructor.
Tardiness: Labs will begin at the scheduled time. If you are more than 10 minutes late the
door will be locked, you will not be allowed to enter, and you will receive a zero for that lab.
Cell phones may not be used in lab. This includes phones, personal communication devices,
and headphones. If you must receive a call once the lab has begun you should leave the
room to talk. After being warned about cell phone use subsequent violations may result in
grade penalties.
Grading: Each lab report will be graded on a 20 point scale. A final lab grade based on the
average of all laboratory exercises will be reported to the lecture professor.