Astronomy 115: Introduction to Astronomy
Extra Credit Opportunities
Up to two extra credit assignments may be turned
in over the semester, one of each type.
The first of these is due on the day of the
midterm or before.
The second is due on the last day of classes,
Extra credit assignments will help your grade
by improving your homework score by up to 5 points each.
- Option 1: Media Report
Cut out or print out a media report (newspaper article or on line
news source) regarding astronomy & bring it to
class. Attach a piece of paper in which you provide:
- Name of source.
- A 2-3 paragraph description of what the article was about,
written so that your fellow student could understand the substance of
the article. Also describe how the article is connected to things you
have learned about in Astronomy 115.
- What questions you still have after reading the story?
- Offer your opinion of the quality of the writing.
Option 2: Sky Report
Observe the sky with your own eyes on two different nights,
separated by at least two days.
You may also make two or more telescopic observations at SFSU's
observatory. See observatory
homepage for dates and times.
- List the date and times
of your observations.
Identify constellations seen if possible.
Describe any differences you see in the sky over the two nights
(eg Moon position, different stars locations, et cetera)
Note that all Sky Reports depend on clear weather!
Option 3: Lecture Report:
Attend a public astronomy lecture and write a summary of what you learned
(roughly 1 page). Your report should include:
Astronomy lectures are offered by a number of local institutions including:
- The location, the speaker's name & institution.
- The topic or title of the lecture
- A 2-4 paragraph description of what you learned, and how it
relates to what we have studied in class, or have learned elsewhere.
- Any questions you might have after hearing the talk.
Dr. Chris McCarthy, Professor