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We offer two labs: Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (AST 1002L) and Solar System Astronomy Laboratory (AST 2003L). A laboratory is a separate course from the lecture course; you will receive a grade for the lab that is independent of your lecture grade. While we aim to coordinate labs with lecture material, the two do not always align each week because we have different faculty using different texts and syllabi.

Descriptive Astronomy

Laboratory course to accompany AST 1002. An introduction to experimental work in descriptive astronomy including daytime laboratory exercises and one outdoor observation session. Manual available only in the FIU Bookstore. Online labs available.

Fall Schedule

Week 1

No labs

Week 2

Introduction

Week 3

Lab 1: Reasoning and Estimating

Week 4

Lab 2: Phases of the Moon

Week 5

Lab 3: Jupiter's Moons - CLEA Lab

Week 6

Lab 4: Optics/Lenses Lab

Week 7

Lab 5: Telescope Lab (Galileoscope)

Week 8

Lab 6: Mars Cratering

Week 9

Lab 7: Greenhouse Effect

Week 10

Lab 8: Kirchhoff's Laws

Week 11

Lab 9: HR Diagram

Week 12

Lab 10: Galaxy Properties - GEAS Lab

Week 13

Lab 11: Hubble's Law

Week 14

No labs - happy Thanksgiving!

Week 15

Last Class - Optional Lab 12 (Make-up Lab). Last chance to submit the Night Lab Report!

Solar System Astronomy

Laboratory course to accompany AST 2003. An introduction to experimental work in solar system astronomy including laboratory exercises during the day in the lab and one outdoor observation session. Manual available only in the FIU Bookstore.

Fall Schedule

Week 1

No labs

Week 2

Introduction

Week 3

Lab 1: Reasoning and Estimating

Week 4

Lab 2: Phases of the Moon

Week 5

Lab 3: Jupiter's Moons - CLEA Lab

Week 6

Lab 4: Optics/Lenses Lab

Week 7

Lab 5: Telescope Lab (Galileoscope)

Week 8

Lab 6: Mars Cratering

Week 9

Lab 7: Greenhouse Effect

Week 10

Lab 8: Kirchhoff's Laws

Week 11

Lab 9: Io's Volcanoes

Week 12

Lab 10: Satellite Motion - PhET Lab

Week 13

Lab 11: Astronomy of Asteroids

Week 14

No labs - happy Thanksgiving!

Week 15

Last Class - Optional Lab 12 (Make-up Lab). Last chance to submit the Night Lab Report!