COURSE DESCRIPTION FOR
Variable Stars: A
self-paced hands-on laboratory course
Credit Hours: 2
Astronomy I (Astr-1010) and Astronomy II (Astr-1020) with a grade of B-
or better, or permission of instructor. Enrollment is limited to 10
Location: Harry D. Powell
Observatory & Online Activities
Instructor: Dr. Gary Henson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: Brown Hall
Room 272 Phone: (423)-439-6906
Contact: Dr. Beverly Smith (email@example.com)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An independent study,
self-paced hands-on laboratory course on variable stars and CCD
will be no lectures in this course. This is solely a self-paced
must complete online
homework and stellar observations throughout the semester.
will make approximately weekly observations of variable stars using the
14-inch Celestron Telescope at the Harry D. Powell Observatory
(students must be supervised until trained). At least seven
observations must be made over the course of the semester, spread out
over a baseline of at least five weeks (preferably longer).
are responsible for the proper set-up and shutdown of the telescope.
telescope will be available for use normally every clear night, except
for the nights when the telescope is scheduled for use in labs or with
the public. See the instructor at the beginning of the semester for
the observations, the absolute visual magnitudes of each star must be
extracted, as well as uncertainties on the measurements.
final data set must be submitted to the web site of the American
Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO).
final written report is required at the end of the semester. This
report is due BEFORE finals week begins.
grade is based on homework, number and quality of observations, and the