ERTH-102 ASTRONOMY LAB CLASS:
REQUIRED ATTENDANCE FIRST WEEK:
Any student who is not in attendance the first week of lab will be
dropped to make room for others trying to add. Do not miss the
first week of lab class.
OFF SITE LOCATION:
The lab is held off campus at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural
History (near the Santa Barbara Mission a few miles north of SBCC).
Bus service is limited (available for the afternoon sessions and
for getting to the museum, but not available at 10 pm when class
is over). Here are directions:
LAB FLIP-FLOP SCHEDULE:
For students enrolling in the ERTH-102 Lab Class, please note
that the Monday section and Tuesday section have a "flip-flop"
schedule. It's not as shown in the class schedule. The class
meets 4-7 pm one week, then 7-10 pm the following week, then
back to 4-7 pm, then 7-10 pm, and you continue to switch every
week. See further below for more detailed information on
FOR STUDENTS TRYING TO ADD:
The ERTH-102 Astronomy Lab is highly impacted and fills quickly. We
are limited due to space and equipment. The best way to add is to
grab a spot as it opens up on Pipeline as students switch their
schedule around, however, you have to check back often to catch a
spot (and you can only do this before the first week of classes).
You can try showing up the night of class to add, but that can be
difficult too. It is easiest to add the M and/or Tu sections.
The W and/or Th sections are very difficult to get into. We often
have 30 people trying to add the first night and perhaps one or two
spots opening up at the most. The M and/or Tu labs involve two
sections (so twice as many people), so you have a better chance of
getting in. Come to lab early on the night you wish to add. For
the first week of classes, the W section and Th section of lab
will meet at 7 pm, the M section and Tu section of lab will meet at
4 pm. Again, it's important that you come early if you are trying
to add. After the first week of lab, the M section and Tu section
of lab will follow a flip-flop schedule as described below.
FOR STUDENTS TRYING TO SWITCH SECTIONS :
If you are currently enrolled in an ERTH-102 Astronomy Lab section,
but wish to switch to another section, you must first drop the
section you are in. You will not be placed on the add list until
you have dropped your original section. This avoids the unfortunate
situation of having a lab spot taken up by a student who then
switches, thus displacing another student who desperately may have
needed that spot. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please,
note, though, that after dropping, it may be very difficult to add
into another lab.
Here is additional important information regarding these labs.
Stars and constellations, celestial terms and motions, celestial
coordinate systems, setup and use of telescopes.
Lab will meet the first week of classes. You do not need to
purchase anything for the first week of class. Instructions will be
given for purchasing the required lab folder card available with the
cashier at the SBCC bookstore (not available with the textbooks).
Check with the cashier to purchase this card.
Due to the off-site location, bus transportation is limited.
Students usually can find a bus to get to lab, but there is no
bus for the late dismissal times. Often, students can find
someone from lab who is heading in their direction for a lift.
I can make an announcement to help facilitate this, but be sure
to let me know before we dismiss (or there will be no one left
MON/TU FLIP FLOP LAB MEETING SCHEDULE:
Labs meet once a week, either on a Mon or on a Tue, depending on
your section. There are four sections of lab offered, each
meets once a week on the night indicated. The class
meeting times for the Mon section and Tue section of the ERTH-102 lab
class are not as shown in the class schedule (4 - 5:15 and 7 -
8:15 posted times). The class will actually meet 4 - 7:05 pm
one week, then switch to 7 - 10:05 pm the next week, then back
to 4 - 7:05 pm the following week, then 7-10:05, etc. It's a
bit different, but it's the only way to do telescope observing
in the evenings since we have two sections that meet every other
week in the daytime. We are unable to input this flip flop time
frame into the schedule, so that's why we currently list the
wrong times (has to add up to three hours and also block off the
two time slots) to avoid schedule conflicts.
Labs meet once a week, either on a Wed or on a Thrs, depending
on your section. The Wed lab section and Thrs lab section meet once
a week 7-10 pm (which means greater telescope observing
opportunities), but the Mon lab section and Tu lab section
alternate between an afternoon and an evening time slot. There
are less telescope observing opportunities, but this can work
better for those who would prefer to be done earlier in the
evening (at least for half the time).
The ERTH-102 Astronomy lab is not required for students who are
enrolled in the ERTH-101 Astronomy lecture. Without the lab,
the lecture transfers as a science "without" a lab. With the
lab, the class transfers as a science "with" a lab. You do not
need to take the lab the same semester you take the lecture.
Taking the lab any future semester will work for