Office: RLM 17.218
Phone: (512) 471-3425
Office: RLM 15.308
Office: RLM 16.304B
Phone: (512) 232-5641
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AST 101L is a laboratory course meant for non-science majors who either are
taking or have taken AST 301. In it you will work in groups to learn more
about some of the experimental and observational topics you have heard and
read about in AST 301.
The class will be divided into groups of 4-5 students. Each group will work
together to carry out three 3-week projects.
There is one scheduled class hour each week of the semester. In addition,
the groups will also have to meet at other times to work on the projects.
In some cases, you will need to gain access to restricted equipment; the
TA will be available during certain periods to allow this.
At the end of each three week period, your group will
meet with the TA and/or the Prof. to discuss and evaluate the completed project.
The observational projects will work a bit differently than the others.
For one thing, you will be expected to devote some evening hours
to the projects. In addition, it has often turned out in the past that
three week stretches have gone by without a single clear night! This
semester, we are going to do things a bit differently. If the weather
gets good, there will be an email sent around. Groups who are signed
up for the unaided eye or telescope topics will need to drop what
they are doing and switch to working on those topics. We will then
have to rearrange the schedule accordingly.