LAB 2 – Research

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In this lab, you will become the class expert on one specific topic in astronomy. You will prepare a report that will be posted for everyone in the class to read.
Please see the bulletin board or course calendar for the specific date this lab is due. Below is a list of 20 topics (one topic for each of you). Please pick the one you that you wish to research and reply with your name to the bulletin, under Lab 2 – Research, that contains your topic. The first person to post a topic will receive that topic, so if you have a particular interest in given topic you should request it as soon as possible. Please verify no one else has requested that topic before posting your selection. 1. Mercury 2. Venus 3. Earth 4. The Moon 5. Mars 6. Jupiter 7. Saturn 8. Uranus and Neptune (both objects) 9. Pluto and other dwarf planets 10. Asteroids and comets (both objects) 11. The Sun 12. Nebulae and starbirth (both topics) 13. Variable stars (concentrating on the Cepheids) 14. Star death 1 – white dwarfs and planetary nebulae 15. Star death 2 – neutron stars and pulsars 16. Star death 3 – black holes 17. The Milky Way Galaxy 18. External galaxies 19. Active galaxies and quasars (both objects) 20. The Big Bang Once you have a topic it is time to begin your report. You should plan on spending about two weeks researching the topic and gathering all of the information you can find on it. Try to spend a good deal of time on this during the first week, as you will be performing other labs on a weekly basis starting next week (as indicated in the syllabus). Please include information from a wide variety of sources (internet, books, magazines, etc.). You should pull information from a minimum of 5 resources. Don’t forget astronomy textbooks! Don’t forget images! They truly are often worth a thousand words. Please include images that you feel are important for your topic. For the objects in the solar system, websites on missions to that object will also have a great deal of information and images. For any of these topics, here are some good places online to get public domain images (although you will quickly discover others): http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/mediaimages/data.shtml http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/ http://www.lvastronomy.com/ Please properly size the images in your report. You can include them along with the text or reference pages of images at the end of your report, whichever you feel is best. Remember that by taking an online course it is assumed that you are familiar with how to do this. Start off by organizing and prioritizing your information. One useful method is to make three piles of information – critical, useful, and that which may not be vital. This helps in making the decision about what you will include and what you will not. The more you research your topic, the easier this categorization will be based on what you learn. After gathering all of your information, you should spend about two weeks preparing the report. Please use Microsoft Word. Your report must be written in 12 point font, double-spaced, and contain a minimum of 1,500 words. Include whatever information, in whatever order of presentation you wish, that makes the most sense to you. After all, you are our expert! Make sure you present all the vital information on your topic that will give the reader a clear, overall view of the subject. Do not simply focus on one or two specific aspects. Including math is up to you – it is not required, but it can often be helpful in explaining your topic. You must include a bibliography at the end of the report indicating where you obtained your information and images. Note on plagiarism: If you quote information from a source, be sure to indicate the title, author and page of the authority that you are citing. Otherwise, you are stealing the words of another, which is illegal (and can result in expulsion from the college). Note that instructors have the ability to cut and paste papers into the internet to identify plagiarism, so don’t even risk it! Good luck! I hope you enjoy learning about your topic – we all are waiting to learn about it too!
Once your report is complete, please submit your lab as a MS Word or .txt document through the “Lab Drop Box” using the following naming convention, “firstname.lastname.lab#.” Any submission with a different file format or naming convention will not be accepted.

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LAB 2 – Research

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In this lab, you will become the class expert on one specific topic in astronomy. You will prepare a report that will be posted for everyone in the class to read.
Please see the bulletin board or course calendar for the specific date this lab is due. Below is a list of 20 topics (one topic for each of you). Please pick the one you that you wish to research and reply with your name to the bulletin, under Lab 2 – Research, that contains your topic. The first person to post a topic will receive that topic, so if you have a particular interest in given topic you should request it as soon as possible. Please verify no one else has requested that topic before posting your selection. 1. Mercury 2. Venus 3. Earth 4. The Moon 5. Mars 6. Jupiter 7. Saturn 8. Uranus and Neptune (both objects) 9. Pluto and other dwarf planets 10. Asteroids and comets (both objects) 11. The Sun 12. Nebulae and starbirth (both topics) 13. Variable stars (concentrating on the Cepheids) 14. Star death 1 – white dwarfs and planetary nebulae 15. Star death 2 – neutron stars and pulsars 16. Star death 3 – black holes 17. The Milky Way Galaxy 18. External galaxies 19. Active galaxies and quasars (both objects) 20. The Big Bang Once you have a topic it is time to begin your report. You should plan on spending about two weeks researching the topic and gathering all of the information you can find on it. Try to spend a good deal of time on this during the first week, as you will be performing other labs on a weekly basis starting next week (as indicated in the syllabus). Please include information from a wide variety of sources (internet, books, magazines, etc.). You should pull information from a minimum of 5 resources. Don’t forget astronomy textbooks! Don’t forget images! They truly are often worth a thousand words. Please include images that you feel are important for your topic. For the objects in the solar system, websites on missions to that object will also have a great deal of information and images. For any of these topics, here are some good places online to get public domain images (although you will quickly discover others): http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/mediaimages/data.shtml http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/imgcat/ http://www.lvastronomy.com/ Please properly size the images in your report. You can include them along with the text or reference pages of images at the end of your report, whichever you feel is best. Remember that by taking an online course it is assumed that you are familiar with how to do this. Start off by organizing and prioritizing your information. One useful method is to make three piles of information – critical, useful, and that which may not be vital. This helps in making the decision about what you will include and what you will not. The more you research your topic, the easier this categorization will be based on what you learn. After gathering all of your information, you should spend about two weeks preparing the report. Please use Microsoft Word. Your report must be written in 12 point font, double-spaced, and contain a minimum of 1,500 words. Include whatever information, in whatever order of presentation you wish, that makes the most sense to you. After all, you are our expert! Make sure you present all the vital information on your topic that will give the reader a clear, overall view of the subject. Do not simply focus on one or two specific aspects. Including math is up to you – it is not required, but it can often be helpful in explaining your topic. You must include a bibliography at the end of the report indicating where you obtained your information and images. Note on plagiarism: If you quote information from a source, be sure to indicate the title, author and page of the authority that you are citing. Otherwise, you are stealing the words of another, which is illegal (and can result in expulsion from the college). Note that instructors have the ability to cut and paste papers into the internet to identify plagiarism, so don’t even risk it! Good luck! I hope you enjoy learning about your topic – we all are waiting to learn about it too!
Once your report is complete, please submit your lab as a MS Word or .txt document through the “Lab Drop Box” using the following naming convention, “firstname.lastname.lab#.” Any submission with a different file format or naming convention will not be accepted.

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