Sacramento City College
Department Name: Astronomy, Geology & Physics
Department Spokesperson: Michael Richardson
Division Dean: Mary Turner
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Website address: http://scc.losrios.edu/~sccro/UnitPlansPage.htm
Physics Department / Accomplishments 2003 - 2004
# Action Item Year-End Status and Accomplishments
Goal 1: Acquire astronomy equipment
Budget request for SBIG ST-7 CCD Camera Campus budget committee funded request; camera purchased
1b Acquire flip mirror with TV eyepiece Flip mirror purchased
1c Acquire observatory computer Computer provided by computer services
Goal 2: Acquire multimedia equipment
2a Acquire laptop computer for Mohr Hall1 Computer purchased
Goal 3: Acquire multimedia database equipment
3a Acquire film scanner Film scanner purchased
Goal 4: Hire replacement geology instructor
4a Submit request for new geology instructor New geology instructor hired
3 - Year Plan
Long Range Plans 2005 - 2006 2006 - 2007 2007 - 2008
Expand and upgrade physic equipment Submit budget requests for needed Submit budget requests for Submit budget requests for
inventory laboratory equipment. needed laboratory equipment. needed laboratory equipment.
Physics Continue to assess the need for Continue to assess the need for
5 Photo electric apparatus new and updated equipment. new and updated equipment.
12 Electrostatic lab systems
12 e/m apparatus
9 Millikan apparatus
1. 3 Geiger-Mueller systems
9 Spectrophotometer systems with
Compact Combination Thin
Continue to assess the need for new
and updated equipment.
Expand and upgrade astronomy Submit an appropriate budget request Continue to assess the need for Continue to assess the need for
equipment inventory for equipment. instructional resources for instructional resources for
5 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain astronomy, and seek the astronomy, and seek the
telescopes necessary funding. necessary funding.
2. 1 Large aperture field telescope
6 sets of eyepieces with carrying
6 sets of light filters
Obtain technical aide for astronomy Assess the need for student help Continue to assess the need for Continue to assess the need for
and/or a permanent technical aide for astronomy technical staff. astronomy technical staff.
3. astronomy. Formulate appropriate
3 - Year Plan
Develop plans for a solar observatory. Determine equipment and facilities Continue efforts to establish Continue efforts to establish
Develop plans for a radio observatory. needs for a solar observatory. and/or improve solar and radio and/or improve solar and radio
4. Investigate the possibility of obseving observatories. observatories.
radio sources from our facilities.
Submit appropriate budget requests.
Develop plans for a campus planetarium. Investigate existing planetarium Develop planetariun Continue to refine planetariun
facilities. Integrate planetarium into specifications. Continue to specifications. Continue to
the campus master plan. Explore develop funding support through develop funding support through
5. community interest. Search for special the campus master plan. the campus master plan.
funding sources. Continue to develop community Continue to develop community
interest. Continue the search for interest. Continue the search for
outside funding. outside funding.
Develop plans for a permanent dark site Search for potential dark site Continue efforts to establish a Continue efforts to establish a
observatory. locations. Seek campus and district permanent dark site permanent dark site
help to formulate plans for acquiring observatory. observatory.
6. property for a dark sight location.
Develop plans for dark site
Develop computer-based laboratory Formulate budget request for initial Formulate budget request for Formulate budget request for
experiments sets of data acquisition equipment. additional sets of data additional sets of data
15 laboratory computers acquisition equipment. Use new acquisition equipment. Use new
15 data acquisition equipment sets equipment to develop computer- equipment to develop computer-
7. Data acquisition software based laboratory experiments. based laboratory experiments.
Use new equipment to develop Determine needs for additional Determine needs for additional
computer-based laboratory equipment. equipment.
experiments. Determine needs for
Acquire audio/visual equipment additional equipment.
Submit media services request for Continue to develop multimedia Continue to develop multimedia
audio/visual equipment. capabilities and submit capabilities and submit
High resolution multimedia audio/visual requests as needed. audio/visual requests as needed.
8. projector for M-1
Advanced document imagers for M-
1 and M-3
3 - Year Plan
Set up a database of departmental Develop detailed plans for creating an Continue development of on-line Continue development of on-line
multimedia resources on the campus on-line database of the department's multimedia resources. multimedia resources.
network. multimedia resources. Test usability
9. of network storage provided by
campus servers. Investigate
possibility of local storage systems.
Initiate budget request as needed.
Develop plans for a scientific information Formulate budget appropriate budget
Investigate on-line sources of Continue to expand user-friendly Continue to expand user-friendly
kiosk. scientific information and ways of access to on-line scientific access to on-line scientific
10. making it accessible to the campus information. information.
populationg it in a user friendly format.
Submit budget request when
Develop plans for new facilities appropriate.
Formulate plans for new Continue to refine plans for new Continue to refine plans for new
physics/astronomy/geology teaching physics/astronomy/geology physics/astronomy/geology
11. facilities. Integrate facilities planning teaching facilities. teaching facilities.
into the campus master plan.
Physics Department / Action Plan 2004 - 2005
# Action Item Other Plans Year-End Status and Accomplishments
Goal 1: Acquire needed physics laboratory equipment
1a Budget rquest for 12 Electrostatic lab systems
1b Budget rquest for 12 e/m apparatus
1c Budget rquest for 5 Photo electric apparatus
Budget rquest for 9 Spectrophotometer systems
1d with prism kit
1e Budget rquest for 9 Millikan apparatus
1f Budget rquest for 3 Geiger-Mueller systems
Goal 2: Acquire astronomy equipment
Budget request for 5 GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain
Budget request for 6 sets of eyepieces with carrying
2c Budget request for 6 sets of light filters
Goal 3: Acquire data acquisition computers and equipment
3a Budget request for 15 laboratory computers
Budget request for 15 data acquisition equipment
3c Budget request for datat acquisition software
Goal 4: Acquire multimedia equipment
Budget request for hi-res multimedia projector for
4a Mohr Hall1
Budget request for document imagers for Mohr Hall
Physics Department Budget Request - 2005 - 2006
Instruction Marketing Remodel Faculty Staff Student Temp
Line # Description Budget Computers Equipment Furniture Program
Supplies Materials Space Hires Hires Hires Hires
1 5 Photo electric
apparatus $ 9,300.00
2 12 Electrostatic lab
systems $ 9,660.00
12 e/m apparatus $ 33,750.00
9 Millikan apparatus $ 15,354.00
5 3 Geiger-Mueller
systems $ 5,820.00
6 9 Spectrophotometer
systems with prism kit $ 9,972.00
5 GPS telescopes $ 16,600.00
8 14" Meade GPS LX-200
telescopes $ 7,750.00
9 6 sets of eyepieces with
carrying case $ 3,300.00
6 sets of light filters $ 300.00
11 Thin Section
Saw/Grinder $ 15,500.00
15 laboratory computers $ 16,170.00
13 15 data acquisition
equipment sets $ 43,170.00
14 Data acquisition software
site license $ 400.00
15 multimedia projector for
Mohr Hall 1 $ 4,535.00
16 Document imagers for
Mohr Hall 1 and 3 $ 8,180.00
Totals: $ 370,237.00
Budget Narrative 2005 - 2006
Line # Description Justification
An important component we are trying to add to our physics
sequences is modern physics experiments that point out the
quantum nature of matter and energy. The four photoelectric
apparatuses obtained through a partially funded previous
1 request work well, but we still lack enough apparatuses to run a
full sized lab. In order to fully implement this experiment as a
standard exercise in our physics laboratories an additional five
5 Photo electric apparatus $9,300.00 photoelectric apparatuses are needed.
The physics department lacks the resources needed to provide
students with direct quantitative laboratory experience with
electrostatic phenomena. This tends to leave a weakness in the
2 students appreciation for basic electrical principles. The
requested electrostatic lab systems will allow the department to
impement experiments that will fill this gap in our students lab
12 Electrostatic lab systems $9,660.00 experience..
There is a need for resources in our physics laboratories to
support exercises that would give students direct quantitative
experience with modern physics concepts. Thompson’s e/m
experiment nicely combines principles of electromagnetism and
3 the physics of the electron in a very obvious and educational
way for introductory physics students. A collection of twelve e/m
apparatus would provide for this need, and greatly enhance the
departments ability to provide a more up-to-date laboratory
12 e/m apparatus $33,750.00 experience for our students.
The physics department lacks the equipment necessary to
provide our laboratory students valuable quantitative
experience with modern physics techniques and principles. The
4 Millikan apparatus provides a powerful insight into the unique
aspects of modern experimental physics, and is a perfect
complement to other modern physics experiments, such as the
9 Millikan apparatus $15,354.00 Thompson e/m experiment.
Our current collection of six Geiger-Mueller systems serves
students in several weekly experiments and one semester long
experiment. In order to provide enough systems for full classes
5 of sixteen students (two per station), and avoid downtime which
could jeopardize the semester long experiments, an additional
3 Geiger-Mueller systems $5,820.00 three systems are needed.
Spectral analysis is an integral parl of virtually every field of
investigation in modern physical science; yet the opportunity to
study its principles and techniques has been limited because of
the lack of appropriate equipment. A spectrophotometer for
6 physics education is now available that allows a quantitative
study of the radiation spectrum of a light source. These
instruments provide an ideal opportunity to fill a significant gap
9 Spectrophotometer systems with prism in the laboratory training of our introductory physics and
kit $9,972.00 engineering students.
The physics department is experiencing increasing
maintainence problems with its aging inventory of telescopes
that is beginning to have an unacceptable impact on the quality
of our astronomy lab classes. For that reason alone the time
has come to replace them.
Moreover, because of our urban light-polluted skies, astronomy
students face considerable difficulties with the manual set up
and operation of our older telescopes, whereas the automated
7 capabilities of modern telescopes largely sidestep these
problems.The difficult and time consuming task of finding a dim
object in a washed out sky with a maunualy operated telescope
will become a simple and quick precedure using GPS equipped
telescopes. This will shift a lot of the time students spend on
manipulating their telescopes to observing activities, and give
instructors a signficant opportunity to enhance the quality and
breadth of cousre content.
5 GPS telescopes $16,600.00
The large field telescope that we currently use as the main
support for our astronomy field trips (star parties) is difficult to
transport, set up, and allign. It's almost impossible for one
person to manage, and must be manually alligned and pointed.
The department needs a modern large apperture portable
8 telescope that is easier to transport and has automatic
allighment and pointing cababilities. This will turn an arduous
field exercise into much more managable process while at the
same time making possible a much broader range of observing
14" Meade GPS LX-200 telescopes $7,750.00
The astronomy labs currently operate with a minimal collection
of telescope accessories that must be shared among several
telescopes. This situation comsumes valuable observing time,
9 and is prone to loss and/or breakage of components. We need
a compete set of eyepieces with storage/carrying cases for
each telescope in order to solve these problems.
6 sets of eyepieces with carrying case $3,300.00
Images formed in a telescope can be significantly enhanced by
filtering out selected components of light. The department
10 would liike to add a set astronomical light filters to the
accessory kits of each of our telescopes in order to enhance
6 sets of light filters $300.00
An important technique for analyzing rocks in a geology class is
to cut and polish thin cross sections of the rocks for
microscopic study. This requires a specialized saw/grinding
11 machine. The geology program needs a modern efficient thin
Compact Combination Thin Section section saw/grinder to provide this type of support for its
Saw/Grinder $15,500.00 laboratory classes that is currently lacking.
Computer-based data acqusition is an increasingly ubiquitous
experimental method of science and engineering. The
department needs to add experience with these methods to the
lab training of our students. Moreover, computerized
12 instrumentation can significantly increase the types and number
of experiments that can be done in our laboratory settings
which will further enhance our students lab training. A
15 laboratory computers $16,170.00 complement of 15 computers will be needed initially.
A vital component of a computer-based data acquisition system
consists of an interface module and sensor collection. The
13 department will need 15 sets of these to complete the hardware
requirements of our initial data acquisition systems.
15 data acquisition equipment sets $43,170.00
The final component needed for our data acquisition systems is
software to provide hardware control, data management, and
14 data display and analysis. We will need to purchase a site
license for the appropriate software.
Data acquisition software site license $400.00
The resolution of the older multimedia projector used in Mohr
Hall 1 is no longer adequate to display current high quality
15 images used for teaching astronomy and physics.
High resolution multimedia projector for Consequently, a brighter, higher resolution (XGA) projector is
Mohr Hall 1 $4,535.00 needed.
Presentations in astronomy and physics often involve a mix of
different multimedia sources (book diagrams, slides, overhead
transparencies, photos, etc.). The department needs high
16 resolution document imagers for Mohr Hall 1 & 2 in order to to
handle our mixed presentations in a manner that will match the
capabilities of our high resolution projectors.
Document imagers for Mohr Hall 1 and 3 $8,180.00
Key Performance Indicators for Department