On-Line Astronomy Assignments - Grading
To earn a letter grad of an "A"
you will need to complete three outdoor observations (marked with an asterisk),
one indoor observation (marked with two asterisks), and those other assignments
I believe are necessary for every Astronomy student (marked with three asterisks).
If you do that minimum work, you can receive
a Minnesota Graduation Standard value of "2." If you complete two
more exercises, you can receive a standard value of "3," and if you
complete four more exercises than the "2" level, you can earn a standard
value of "4" for this course.
The number of assignments completed and the level of effort and
expertise demonstrated will be the factors in determining 60% of your grade.
The other 40% of your grade will depend on your completion of the reading, level
of interest and participation during the chat sessions, and your willingness
to make some recommendations that you feel will improve this course for future
The assignments are grouped together according to subject. However,
there are five assignments which will require some astronomical observation.
You do not need to have any particular equipment, but the use of binoculars
will be very helpful. If you do not have access to a pair, you can still complete
the observations, but locating binoculars will greatly enhance your ability
to see things, and increase your level of stuff you might otherwise miss with
your naked eyes. The completion of these five observations are an absolute requirement
for this class, and it is extremely important that you do the observations in
a sequence relative to the course. The first observation needs to be completed
by the end of the second week, and the final observation during the final two
weeks. Both the first and final observations should be done at the same time
in the evening, since one of the purposes is to compare locations of stars.
The observations where you look at a particular star, the moon, and the sun
observation can be done anytime during the course.
The Night Sky
Light and Telescopes
To receive a "C" in the course, you will need
to have attended the chat sessions, done 2/4 outdoor observations and half of
To receive a "B" in the course, you will need
to have attended the chat sessions, done 3/4 outdoor observations, the Sun observation,
and all of the quizzes, and two extra assignments
To receive an "A" in the course, you will
need to have attended the chat sessions, done 4/4 outdoor observations, the
Sun observation, all of the quizzes, and three extra assignments.
I would like every student to do the Scale Model of
the Solar system and the Hubble Deep Field lab. These two labs and the grad
standard paper are required to meet the Minnesota Science Standard for this
I want someone to at least try the Pluto/Charon lab
and the SN 1987A Lab.
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