Spring 2002 Lab Homepages
(John Weiss's Labs sections)
Office: Duane Hall, D-1B31
| Monday ||2:50-3:50 PM|
| Tuesday||1-2 PM|
| Thursday||3-4 PM|
(Go west from the lecture hall, going through 2 sets of double
doors. There is a "Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics"
sign hanging from the ceiling; go left here. Follow the hall
around, my name is on my office door. I'm in the back corner of
Web Page http://bogart.colorado.edu/~weissj/Labs/lab.html
Welcome to labs this term. In lab, we will be exploring concepts
from class in greater depth. Our goal is to give you a chance to
get some hands-on experience with topics ranging from the size of
the solar system, to Kepler's laws to planetary temperatures.
Each lab will consist of two components. First, we'll discuss
the concepts related to the lab and I'll go over the lab will
you. Then you'll actually do the lab, with me moving around the
room to help you and to make sure you're on the right track.
I'll also serve as the grader for your labs.
My Expectations of You
What You Can Expect of Me
In turn, you should expect the following of me:
- I'll be to class on time and do my best to make sure you get
out on time as well. A few labs can be long, but I'll do
my best to make sure you don't stay longer than you need to.
- I'll be ready to go at the start of every lab. I'll be
prepared and have done the lab myself before each lab.
- I'll have your graded labs back to the next time we meet.
- Always be willing to give you help on the labs and on the
course material. This material can be challenging, so please
feel free to come to me for help, both in and out of lab.
Questions, Office Hours, Etc
I cannot over-encourage you to make use of my office hours. I am
here to help you, both with the labs and with the course itself.
And I can honestly say that no student has ever done poorly when
s/he made office hours regularly. So come and see me! You may
always make an appointment if you need to find me and office hours
By the way, you can find my schedule at You can find my schedule
We will be doing 12 day labs this term, as well as holding 6 night
lab sessions. You are required to do 2 night labs. We will drop
your lowest day lab score, making your final lab grades out of 13
labs total. There are actually 4 night lab exercises you can
Remember, you must pass the lab to pass the course!
Each lab will have a grade out of 10 points. See The Lab Write-Up Requirements for
details of how I grade labs.
Labs write-ups will be due the next lab session. Usually, this
will be one week later (the exception is for spring break). Labs
are due by 20 minutes into the lab session. After that, they are
late. You will lose one point (of ten) for each 24 hours late.
Labs that are more than one week late will not be accepted.
We will have 6 night labs this term. You must do 2 night lab
exercises. They can be done on the same night or different
nights. However, you should start early in the term. If we have
clear nights at the start of the term and cloudy nights later,
there will be no make-up sessions. If you didn't go, you're out
Of course, weather can impede our observing. If you are wondering
if we'll be observing or not, call 492-2020 (the observing
deck) and ask. I'll be up there for the first 15 minutes even if
it is cloudy.
Before coming to each night lab, read the lab manual. I have put
additional directions for the night labs on the lab web site.
Night sessions for Section 114
Night sessions for Section 118
John W Weiss
Last modified: Tue Jan 15 14:51:40 MST 2002