Heidelberg PATTON
High School, Bldg 302, Rm. ?

Term 4, 2007 - 2008
1 Apr - 22 May 08, Tuesday + Thursday,  20:00 - 22:00h
Updated 27-Mrz-08 00:57h


Astronomy Laboratory

Credit: 1 credit hour
Text: Introductory Astronomy Exercises by Dale C. Fergusson, Wadsworth Pub. Cp., Belmont, Ca, 2nd ed., 2001; ISBN 0-534-37977-X.
Instructor: Dr. Jiri Brezina
Heidelberger Str. 68
69 151 Neckargemünd-3
phone/-fax (civilian):     06223-7014/-3421
e-mail:                             http://teaching.grano.de/contact.php
business homepage:    http://www.grano.de
His GPS: N     49° 22 '40.3687",              E     8° 46' 8.5719"  
COUNSELING:  As a rule, Dr. Brezina is available in the classroom 30 minutes before each ASTR-100 meeting. Students are welcome to visit him in his Waldhilsbach laboratory, GranoMetry.
Phone calls Mo, We, Fr: 9:00 -17:30h, TuTh 9:00 -15:30h; SaSu: anytime during this term.
His curriculum vitae:

Professor Jiri Brezina received his Ph.D. from Charles University of Prague. His major is in geology with extensions in the fields of hydrodynamics and mathematical statistics. He completed three years of post-doctoral work in mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. Since then he has served as researcher and consultant to universities and corporations for design of computerized sedimentation analysis systems. In the field of astronomy, specifically Planetology, he worked for the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg.

In January 1973, he joined the University of Maryland's European Division as adjunct faculty, in 2002 attained the rank of Professor. In January 2008, he passed the 35 year jubilee: he has taught physical science in about 350 courses with this University. Jiri says now: "I have had the pleasure of meeting more than 7000 students, and I love them all. They deserve my thanks, for they taught me a lot.”

Married and living in Waldhilsbach near Heidelberg, Dr. Brezina finds great personal satisfaction in having the opportunity to present the latest ideas and discoveries in the entire field of natural sciences, technology and ecology.


The purpose of the lab is to complement the material presented in the lecture part of the class, ASTR-100, and the lecture is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for the lab. The lab provides the student with an opportunity to apply the principles discussed in the lecture part of the class.

The nature of the lab is such that students are encouraged to work in pairs or in groups if they choose, except for tests. Tests are strictly individual projects. Academic dishonesty on any quiz will earn a grade of F(a) for the lab.

The instructor purchased recently a unique modern tool which enables identification of any object on the sky: Celestron SkyScout™. If his ASTR courses at ROB will go, he'll purchase also the GPS Telescope Meade LX90GPS 8" (at about $2000); only GPS telescopes make the observation of the whole class efficient (telescopes without GPS are too slow to be used by many users of a class).


The final grade in the lab is a letter grade based on the percentage of possible points earned during the term. Letter grades are assigned as follows:

Letter grades % of total possible points 
A 90-100 %
B 80-89 %
C 70-79 %
D 60-69 %
F(a) 59% or fewer
F(n) failure for non-attendance
W withdrawal
I incomplete*)

*) A grade of I will be assigned for the lab only under exceptional circumstances and with prior approval of the instructor. Any student who feels that there is a high probability of not completing this course for any reason should seriously consider withdrawing. A grade of I must be removed within 3 months, otherwise it becomes a permanent grade, and no credit is earned for the course.