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Out of the Classroom : Observations and Investigations in Astronomy

Out of the Classroom : Observations and Investigations in Astronomy - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534380151

Cover of Out of the Classroom : Observations and Investigations in Astronomy 02 (ISBN 978-0534380151)
ISBN13: 978-0534380151
ISBN10: 0534380158
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2002
International: No

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Out of the Classroom : Observations and Investigations in Astronomy - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534380151

Dennis Dawson

ISBN13: 978-0534380151
ISBN10: 0534380158
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Dennis Dawson's lab manual gives students the thrill of learning basic astronomy concepts through first hand experiences versus taking the traditional approach of rehashing preconceived observations and analysis done by astronomers. To overcome the need for access to remote observatories, Dawson has cleverly created exercises that are developed around the use of equipment that students would likely have on hand or could construct inexpensively. Students acquire the necessary commitment to understanding basic concepts, basic experimental procedures, the concept of experimental uncertainty, and the discipline of drawing conclusions from information gained first hand.

Benefits:

  • Experiments are divided into single-day or multi-day.
  • Handy Reference Guide to Experimental Methods covers useful topics such as applying the scientific method, how to keep an observer's log, and how to set up a lab report.
  • Exercises employ items that are easily accessible to most students, such as cameras, binoculars, or small telescopes.

Author Bio

Dawson, Dennis : Western Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Introduction.
Sources of Information.
Reference Guide to Experimental Methods.


SINGLE-DAY OR SINGLE-NIGHT EXPERIMENTS.

1. Using a Planisphere.
2. Altitude & Azimuth.
3. Apparent Magnitudes of Stars.
4. The Number of Stars Visible to the Naked Eye.
5. Use of an Inclinometer.
6. Construction and Calibration of a Cross-Staff.
7. Exploring the Winter Sky.
8. Exploring the Spring Sky.
9. Exploring the Summer Sky.
10. Exploring the Autumn Sky.
11. Observing Double Stars.
12. Astrophotography:
Star Colors.

MULTI-DAY OR MULTI-NIGHT EXPERIMENTS.

13. Measuring the Moon's Orbital Motion.
14. Spectra with Grating or a Compact Disk.
15. Observations of the Setting Sun.
16. The Moon's Phases.
17. Shadow-Stick Astronomy.
18. Observations of Jupiter's Moons.
19. Observing Sunspots by Projection.
20. Observations of the Moon's Features.
21. Apparent Motion of a Bright Planet.
22. Brightness Changes of a Variable Star

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