Assignments Explained(?)


Why Study Astronomy? - The topic should be self explanatory. This will be graded on how well it is written, not your reasons. Two page maximum, 300 word minimum. This will be graded in the following manner:
Structure - 4 pts
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation - 3 pts
Readability - 3 pts
Total: 10 pts

Draw Your Own Constellation - Using the star map of your birth day draw your own constellation and write its mythology. This will be graded on how well it is written. Two page maximum, 300 word minimum.
This will be graded in the following manner:
Structure - 4 pts
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation - 3 pts
Readability - 3 pts
Creativity - 1 pt (You need to really WOW me.)
Total: 11 pts

Evening Observation Constellation - Youíre the Expert

1. Use the CD to view the night sky on the date of our scheduled evening observation. Remember to check for planets.
2. Familiarize yourself with three constellations that will be visible. You canít do Orion because that is mine and it is the example I've chosen. Click here for Orion the Hunter!
3. We will determine in class who gets which constellation.
4. Write a short paper (400 - 800 words) that describes your constellation. It should include but is not being limited to:

a. when does it first appear in the evening sky,
b. when is it last seen in the evening sky,
c. mythology or mythologies,
d. major stars and,
e. how you would locate it.
This will be graded in the following manner:
Structure - 2 pts
Content - 3
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation - 3 pts
Readability - 2 pts
Total: 10 pts

Biographies - Write short biographies for five (5) people (non-astronomers - in your major) who lived in the time between Copernicus' and Newton's birth. These should be in your own words, don't copy them out of the Great Scientists of the World book. One of them should be somebody who exerted a profound influence on your major and you need to comment on that. If you are undecided, as a major, pick someone who has influenced an area of interest to you. This will be graded in the following manner:
4 bios - 4 pts
Profound bio - 2 pts
other stuff - 4 pt
Total - 10 pts

Story summary/Review - You need to read, review and summarize 2 science fiction stories. NO MOVIES or TV shows! The sum/rev needs to discuss (ex. right vs wrong) at least four points that relate to astronomy. Write a short paper ( 2 page) for each story. This will be graded in the following manner:
Structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation- 3 pts
Content - 4 pts
Readability - 3 pts
Total - 10 pts

Night Sky Observation - separate handout

Sun/Moon Project - separate handout