- ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 -
Grades have been posted
using the numbers given out to
you in class. If you forgot your number, see me after class this
week. If you have questions about your grade, I will go over
this sheet in class and you can also meet with me after class to go
over scores and grades in detail. If you do not want your grades posted, let me know, and you
can get them from me after class. Grades will always be posted as a
link from the Daily Announcements page of your section on the www.fieldstudy.com website. If an item is not listed, then it
has not been graded (so you don't need to ask me about it). It
will be graded later in the semester and added to the list.
- Test 6 will be given on Wed May 2.
Test will include material from Ch 4 on light and Ch 10 on the sun, and
also Ch 11-12 on properties of stars and star formation. Remember,
these are short 50 questions tests and do not "make" or "break" your
grade in this class. How well you do is based on consistent
performance and participation - not on the result of one test.
- ASSIGNED READING: Read the rest of Ch 4 (on spectroscopy), and Ch 11 (properties of stars).
Then read Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution, then for our last few
weeks of class, we will draw bits of material from 14-17 (but will not
do these chapters thoroughly, just what's in the Fred Marschak videos and what we cover in class), then we will finish
with Ch 18 on cosmology.
- CRASH COURSE: Watch the Crash
Course videos posted on Canvas and take the associated quizzes.
You can take the quizzes three times and only your highest score will be
recorded. Crash Course videos are worth 100pts, which is about 10%
of your final grade (a full letter grade)..
- SMART WORKS: Take the interactive
problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas. You do NOT
need an access code (this semester only). Click here for a
Detailed Tutorial on how to get set up properly. Also,
note that if you miss the deadline, you can do them up to 10 days late
with only 10% penalty each day. Smartwork activities are worth
100pts, which is about 10% of your final grade (a full letter grade).
- EXTENSIONS: Students have asked
me to extend Crash Course and Smartwork due dates. Unfortunately,
it is not possible to extend Crash Course activities, however I will be
extending all Smartwork activities to later in the semester to allow for
more flexibility and also for those that had trouble registering into
- CLICKER QUIZZES: Be sure to sit in the same
for the remainder of the semester. If you switch seats, you will
be giving free points to someone else (and you will lose yours).
- ASTRONOMY CLUB: Join our school
club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on
Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
- EC FIELD TRIP to see the SPACE SHUTTLE at
CA MUSEUM of SCIENCE
(Sun April 22):
Hope you all had a great trip.
Valley Field Course: For those that went on the trip, write a
one-page write-up on your thoughts and impressions and I can excuse you
for the class you missed.
- TUTORS: Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts. Here is the
Schedule. They have taken the class and can help you
understand the material and will give you all the "tips" on how to do
well. Tutors also have sample test problems for you to look at to
help you prepare for tests.
EXTRA CREDIT: ALL DUE BY FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK
As per the class calendar, all open ended extra credits
(like planetarium shows, JPL webcasts, etc) are due the end of this week
that includes all write-ups that are posted to Canvas. I need time
to download these and grade them. However, you may continue to go see
tutors and get extra credit up through the last week of classes.
- REVIEWING THE LAST TEST: You can see the last test and your
scantron results in our department office EBS-114. Click here for
more info. Only the last test is available, and only after
grades have been posted.
- TUTOR SAMPLE QUESTIONS and TEST REVIEW: Tutors have sample questions for each
tests, available the week before the test. These can help you to
study and review. Visit the tutor to see (and work with) these
questions. They are only for review with the tutor, you may not take them with you.
The tutors can also help you with understanding the concepts and go over
the answers of the sample questions. Click here to see the
- FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:
Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of
videos of our class lecture slides to help students study and get
caught up if they miss a class. Many of the same "in-class"
slides, animations, and discussion topics can be found in these video
clips. Although not required, these are yet another great study
- END OF SEMESTER TOPICS: Things get
busy near the end of the semester and the material get more advanced as
we learn about stellar evolution, galaxies, relativity, and cosmology.
To help you stay caught up (or to review difficult topics), watch these
Fred Marschak videos:
--Week of 4/16 - Section 5B, and Section 9 (A and B)
--Week of 4/23 - Section 10, and Section 11 (A and B only)
--Week of 4/30 - Sections 11C, 12, and 13, We will take Test 6
--Week of 5/7 - Sect 14
FINAL: The final will be given
Mon May 14, 8-10 am.
Please note this is earlier than when we normally meet! The final will be comprised of two parts. The first part will be
50 questions on the most recent material on the death's of stars, white
dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, supernovae, black holes, galaxies,
relativity, string theory, and cosmology. The second part will be
50 questions on older stuff from earlier in the semester such as moon
phases, seasons, eclipses, planets, etc.
IF YOU MISSED A TEST DURING THE SEMESTER:
you missed a test (or more than one test) you can make up some of the
points by taking a "make-up" on the day of the final. Be sure to
ask for the make-up after you turn in your final (on the day of the
- SIGN UP FOR ASTRO CLASSES NEXT SEMESTER:
If you are enjoying the more advanced stuff we do at the end of the semester (Black Holes,
Relativity, Cosmology, etc), sing up for our
ERTH-106 Black Hole's Class. Here we explore the most abstract
and advanced topics in physics and astronomy, but we do it in a
conceptual non-mathematical way. Don't miss out! Also, if
you haven't taken the ERTH-102 Lab Class, be sure to sign up right away.
These fill very fast!
One last Extra Credit opportunity (just for fun). Go see
this rocket launch in person from Lompoc (next to VAFB).
Extra credit ONLY if you go to the official launch viewing
site at the Lompoc Airport (and I'll be there). Be sure to
say "hi" to me and also try and take a picture of the launch
to show me.
It's the first planetary
spacecraft mission ever to be launched from VAFB.
People are asking me about it and the best way to
view it. Although you will be able to see if from
Santa Barbara, if you want the full experience
(ground shaking and all that), here is info on the
official viewing sites in Lompoc.
NASA InSight Launch May 5 (at 4:05 am in the
InSight is a robotic Mars lander
designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars.
Insight is scheduled to launch from VAFB at 4:05
am in the morning on Saturnday
May 5, 2018). Please note that's the
morning after Friday night May 4 (and "May the
Fourth be with you")!
The following two links give information on two
official launch viewing locations in Lompoc for the
InSight launch. This is the first planetary
spacecraft mission ever to be launched from VAFB.
Don't miss out.
I will be there with my kids, so join in the fun! If
you have never experienced a launch, this is your big
chance. The ground shakes, the rocket looks brilliant
as it launches, and due to the early morning time, the
rocket may launch into the sunlight and give a
spectacular show (even if it's still dark for us down
below). Rocket launch time is at 4:05
am and sunrise is at 6:08
am at VAFB on that day.
It's about an hour's drive from Santa Barbara, and
you should arrive about an hour early (or earlier)
to get the most from this experience, so plan
accordingly. Drive safe.