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 students.
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
|1.||Moon Observation Lab, E-mail version *|
|2.||Sun Observation Lab, E-mail version **|
|3.||Scale Model Lab, E-mail version***|
|4.||Mars Cratering Lab, E-mail version|
|5.||Pluto and Charon Lab, E-mail version|
Earth Quiz, E-mail version***
|7.||Voyager Mission Quiz and Commentary, E-mail version|
|8.||Stranded on the Moon, E-mail version|
|9.||Planet Quiz, E-mail version ***|
To receive a "C" in the course, you will need to have attended the chat sessions, done 2/4 outdoor observations and half of the quizzes
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 course.
I want someone to at least try the Pluto/Charon lab and the SN 1987A Lab.
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5. Re: Sun Country seat assignments
I agree - Sun Country is awesome. I just reserved my seats last night. Total = 15 bucks. I think it was 5 for the middle, 10 for the window. Most aisle seats are 25. But the important thing is that we got the 5th row, and will be getting out of the plane fast. I also pre-paid our bags, which saves 5 bucks each. (20 instead of 25)
We decided just to go with whatever we get on the way back. On the way back, we have to stop in Dallas anyway, so its just going to be one long day of misery, added on top of the misery we're already going to be going through that vacation is over. : ( But hey, I am not complaining -- we're going again in February. WOOT!
We have splurged for the First Class upgrade with Sun Country twice (the day of, rather than pre-booking,. so its half price or less) - and it was great! Just the nice seats alone. Plus your checked bag is free, so that lowers what you are actually paying anyway. You get to be one of the first people to board -- and before anyone else is even on, you have a drink in your hand. (I felt like a rock star,. when they finally let the riff raff board, and I was sitting there drinking my Bloody Mary, LOL) And the food keeps coming too, if you want it. It really is nice. This next trip is a 4-night budget trip, so we won't be doing that --- but maybe we'll shoot for the one in February.
Happy Travels, All!