EARTH 101 (Astronomy Lecture MW 9:35 - 10:55 pm)

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1/22 Mon
1/24 Wed

1/29 Mon
1/31 Wed

  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • This Astronomy class section is full.  Students enrolled in this section, but who do not attend, will be dropped to make room for those trying to add.  To keep your spot in this class, you must attend every day (for the full class period).  It is not fair to students trying to add if students who miss class are taking up spots.
  • For the purposes of this class, I have made special arrangements for there to be an eclipse early this morning.  I have gone to the trouble of arranging the Earth, the moon, and the sun to align just for today's lecture so that you experience a "full", "super", "blue", and "blood" moon.  Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou...  (applause)... Times shown for early this morning.
    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-total-lunar-eclipse-20180130-htmlstory.html
         2:51 am - Penumbra
         3:48 am - Umbra
         4:51 to 6:07 am - Totality (blood moon)
  • SYLLABUS & CLASS WEBSITE:  Go over syllabus and class expectations.  Class website at www.fieldstudy.com
  • SYLLABUS QUIZ:  Read on-line version of syllabus in preparation for "Syllabus Quiz" to be given in class this week.
  • LECTURE TOPICS:  Will lecture on Feynman Quote (video) and Scientific Method (follow hyperlinks for more info).
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" are due next week.  These are available at the bookstore (from the cashier on the top floor and not from downstairs where the texts are located).  Cost is about $5.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 1 on science and the size and scale of the Universe.  Read reading Ch 2 on rotation, revolution, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, and ancient Greek astronomy.  Ch 2 is real important and we will focus on this for the next few weeks of class!
  • 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 VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:
    You do not need the book, or to subscribe to anything to do these.  You can access them for free on Canvas.  After logging into Pipeline, click on the Canvas tab at the very top.  Once in Canvas, click on Assignments at the left, then you will see a list of Crash Course assignments and due dates.  Watch the videos and answer the questions.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • SMARTWORK ACTIVITY and QUIZ INSTRUCTIONS:
    You do not need the book, but you do need to subscribe to the system (which you can do with or without a book, or you can even choose to purchase an on-line book instead).  Follow the instructions shown above for Crash Course videos.  Once in Canvas and after selecting Assignments at the left, scroll down below the video assignments to see the Smartwork assignments.  Click to access, and from there you may be given a few options and further instructions.  Click here for a Detailed Tutorial.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES:
    Since it takes some time for students to get on-line access to the system and to familiarize yourself with the system, due dates have been extended.  Don't wait to the last minute to complete all assignments.  Try to pace yourself.  Do a few now, then a few later, and then just finish up on the weekend before being due.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night before class at midnight.
  • HONOR STUDENTS:  Honor students are enrolled in a different CRN that includes this class plus a Wed section from 8:15-9:20 am in EBS-123.  Attendance in this supplemental section is required!  To get access to the Crash Course and Smartwork, I sent you an invitation to join our section (so check your email).
  • HONOR and INTEGRITY:  Be sure to always do your own work.  Do not just get answers from someone else in class.  That would be unfair to your fellow students and defeats the purpose of the multi-attempt learning process.  Always conduct yourselves with honor and integrity with regard to class assignments and with representing your work. 
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Next week, your clickers will be registered to you.  Select a seat that will work for you for the remainder of the semester.  Consider distance from the front, lighting, distractions, friends, etc.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB PIZZA PARTY:  There will be an Astronomy Club Pizza Party on Friday Feb 2, 6 pm in EBS-102.  Only one "official" club meeting per semester.  Come join us to plan out the semester's activities, to get to know your fellow club-mates, and to share your interest in astronomy!  Food, prizes, signups for field trips!  Don't miss out!  Bring your friends.  Free food, drink, prizes, and fun!
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • SPECIAL TALK:  This counts for 10 pts Extra Credit!  Fri Feb 9, 1-3 pm, PS-101.  Jon Arenberg, Chief Engineer of Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach speaks about the design, construction, testing, and mission of the new James Webb Space Telescope.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!  You may provide your own transportation, however you will need to purchase your own admissions tickets and also meet us at Griffith when we arrive and stay until we leave (otherwise you don't get credit).
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors and say "Hi" to them.  Here is the Tutor 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.  You are required to visit at least once within the next week or two (as an assignment for points). 
  • 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 resource.
  • SPECIAL 1 UNIT SERIES OF 6 LECTURES:
    (Focus on NASA Missions and  Planetary Geology)
    This is a very special course, not offered every semester.  Please consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity.  Details give below.
  • ERTH 105A - Planetary Geology of Recent NASA Missions (1 Unit)
    Only meets Fridays every other week from 10-12 (meets only 6 times for the semester). Taught by JPL Planetary Geologist Dr. Tom Farr!  It's introductory in nature, does not have a lot of homework, and is super interesting!  Don't miss it!  Click here for more info:
  • FRESH START and NEW SEMESTER:
    We look forward to the opportunity to start fresh after a difficult time last semester with the fires and the terrible floods of the new year.  I wish you all the best.
2/5 Mon
2/7 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • SYLLABUS QUIZ:  If you missed the syllabus quiz, come see me after class for make-up instructions (in general though, we don't give make-ups for quizzes, but for this one we can do a make-up).
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due last week.  Last chance to turn in is this week or you may be dropped.  These are available at the bookstore (from the cashier on the top floor and not from downstairs where the texts are located).  Cost is about $5.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 2 on rotation, revolution, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, and ancient Greek astronomy.  Ch 2 is real important and we will focus on this for the next few weeks of class!  Then move on to Ch 3 on the Copernican Revolution and Newtonian Gravity.
  • 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 VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:
    You do not need the book, or to subscribe to anything to do these.  You can access them for free on Canvas.  After logging into Pipeline, click on the Canvas tab at the very top.  Once in Canvas, click on Assignments at the left, then you will see a list of Crash Course assignments and due dates.  Watch the videos and answer the questions.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • SMARTWORK ACTIVITY and QUIZ INSTRUCTIONS:
    You do not need the book, but you do need to subscribe to the system (which you can do with or without a book, or you can even choose to purchase an on-line book instead).  Follow the instructions shown above for Crash Course videos.  Once in Canvas and after selecting Assignments at the left, scroll down below the video assignments to see the Smartwork assignments.  Click to access, and from there you may be given a few options and further instructions.  Click here for a Detailed Tutorial.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES:
    Since it takes some time for students to get on-line access to the system and to familiarize yourself with the system, due dates have been extended.  Don't wait to the last minute to complete all assignments.  Try to pace yourself.  Do a few now, then a few later, and then just finish up on the weekend before being due.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night before class at midnight.
  • HONOR STUDENTS:  Honor students are enrolled in a different CRN that includes this class plus a Wed section from 8:15-9:20 am in EBS-123.  Attendance in this supplemental section is required!  To get access to the Crash Course and Smartwork, I have added you to our section.  If this class section does not show on your dashboard, let me know so I can add you again.
  • HONOR and INTEGRITY:  Be sure to always do your own work.  Do not just get answers from someone else in class.  That would be unfair to your fellow students and defeats the purpose of the multi-attempt learning process.  Always conduct yourselves with honor and integrity with regard to class assignments and with representing your work. 
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  This week, your clickers will be registered to you.  Select a seat that will work for you for the remainder of the semester.  Consider distance from the front, lighting, distractions, friends, etc.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB PIZZA PARTY:  We had a great Astronomy Pizza party meeting.  Many fun events are planned.  Participation in the club is free.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • SPECIAL TALK:  This counts for 10 pts Extra Credit!  Fri Feb 9, 1-3 pm, PS-101.  Jon Arenberg, Chief Engineer of Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach speaks about the design, construction, testing, and mission of the new James Webb Space Telescope.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!  You may provide your own transportation, however you will need to purchase your own admissions tickets and also meet us at Griffith when we arrive and stay until we leave (otherwise you don't get credit).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. You can only sign up after attending one of these meetings.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors and say "Hi" to them.  Here is the Tutor 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.  You are required to visit at least once within the next week (as an assignment for points). 
  • 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 resource.
2/12 Mon
2/14 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • HOLIDAY:  Take the day off next Monday.... on me....  in fact, just skip out on all your classes...  Just tell your teachers I said so... gave you permission...
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Wednesday of next week (2/21). This is only a 50 question test.  Scantrons will be provided (you do not need to buy one or bring one).  Our first test will focus on material from Ch 2 on rotation, revolution, moon phases and eclipses, and Ch 3 on the history of astronomy including Kepler's laws and Newton's laws as well as his Universal Law of Gravitation.
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due the first week of class.  Last chance to turn themm in this week or you may be dropped.  These are available at the bookstore (from the cashier on the top floor and not from downstairs where the texts are located).  Cost is about $5.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish Ch 2 on rotation, revolution, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, and ancient Greek astronomy.  Ch 2 is real important and we will focus on this for the next few weeks of class!  Then move on to Ch 3 on the Copernican Revolution and Newtonian Gravity.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  This week, your clickers will be registered to you.  Select a seat that will work for you for the remainder of the semester.  Consider distance from the front, lighting, distractions, friends, etc.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • SPECIAL TALK:  If you went to the talk last Friday 2/9, be sure to go to Canvas and write a brief summary along with your thoughts and impressions.  Look under the Assignments tab.  To get full credit, you need to do both attend and sign in at the talk, and also post your thoughts and impressions.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!  You may provide your own transportation, however you will need to purchase your own admissions tickets and also meet us at Griffith when we arrive and stay until we leave (otherwise you don't get credit).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors and say "Hi" to them.  Here is the Tutor 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.  You are required to visit at least once within the next week (as an assignment for points). 
  • EXTRA CREDIT:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 12), the star parties (Mar 10, Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).
  • LAUNCH ALERT:
    Wednesday's dawn launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule. Liftoff is slated for February 21 at 6:17 a.m. PST. The event should be visible over a wide area.
  • 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 resource.
2/19 Mon
2/21 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • HOLIDAY:  Take the day off Monday.... on me....  in fact, just skip out on all your classes...  Just tell your teachers I said so... gave you permission...
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Wednesday of this week (2/21). This is only a 50 question test.  Scantrons will be provided (you do not need to buy one or bring one).  Our first test will focus on material from Ch 2 on rotation, revolution, moon phases and eclipses, and Ch 3 on the history of astronomy including Kepler's laws and Newton's laws as well as his Universal Law of Gravitation.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish Ch 3 on the Copernican Revolution and Newtonian Gravity, and then Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Last week, your clickers will be registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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"
  • SPECIAL TALK:  If you went to the talk last Friday 2/9, be sure to go to Canvas and write a brief summary along with your thoughts and impressions.  Look under the Assignments tab.  To get full credit, you need to do both attend and sign in at the talk, and also post your thoughts and impressions.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!  You may provide your own transportation, however you will need to purchase your own admissions tickets and also meet us at Griffith when we arrive and stay until we leave (otherwise you don't get credit).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • TUTORS:  Required tutor visits are over.  Visit them from now on to get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 12), the star parties (Mar 10, Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).
  • 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 resource.
2/26 Mon
2/28 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test was given last week.  Grades will be emailed out in the next few days.
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Wed 3/7, and will review ALL the material we have covered so far plus Ch 4 (only section 1 on light), and Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.  We will have tests roughly every other week for the rest of the semester.  Sometimes we may even have tests two weeks in a row.  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:  Finish Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.  After this, we will move on to Ch 7 on terrestrial planets, then Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.
  • 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).
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Last week, your clickers will be registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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 Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    The bus is full, but email me to be put on a wait list.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!  You may provide your own transportation, however you will need to purchase your own admissions tickets and also meet us at Griffith when we arrive and stay until we leave (otherwise you don't get credit).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • TUTORS:  Required tutor visits are over.  Visit them from now on to get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle on 4/22, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Mar 22, Apr 12), the star parties (Mar 10, Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).  If you watch a JPL Webcast, to get full credit you must also post your respons to the questions within 30 minutes of the end of the talk.
  • 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 resource.
3/5 Mon
3/7 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • TEST 1 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown below.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss three problems and still get 100%.
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    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 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Wed 3/7, and will review ALL the material we have covered so far plus Ch 4 (only section 1 on light), and Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.  We will have tests roughly every other week for the rest of the semester.  Sometimes we may even have tests two weeks in a row.  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.
  • Star Party this Saturday.  Go to this link for star party info.
  • Star Party this Saturday at the SB Museum of Natural History observatory (from dark to 10 pm or so).  To get credit, just need to attend for half an hour or so anytime in the evening, weather dependent (and it's expected to rain this Saturday so in that case the event will be canceled).  But in case it's clear, ask to sign the SBCC sign-in sheets.  These star parties are hosted by the museum and are open to the public.  Please be courteous and respectful at all times.  Star parties are scheduled the second Saturday of every month. For more info and directions click here.  For credit, don't forget to sign in and also post your responses to the questions (go to link shown above).
3/12 Mon
3/14 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • TEST 2 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown below.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss four problems and still get 100%.  Please note that TEST 1 scores were updated to take into account that there were some grading errors on the key and so scores were increased.
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    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 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for next week Mon March 19 and will cover Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon and Ch 7 on the Terrestrial planets. 
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 is scheduled for Wed March 21 and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8.  We will have tests roughly every other week for the rest of the semester.  Sometimes we may even have tests two weeks in a row.  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. 
  • IMPORTANT VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  We covered up through Jupiter in class, but didn't get to Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  In order to stay on schedule, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Video on these Jovian Planets. I will not go over this in class.  You are responsible for watching these videos in preparation for the tests next week.
      --SATURN
      --URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, KEIPER BELT
  • STUDY SHEET:  Click here to download a useful one page study sheet on all the planets.
  • Spring break is the week after the tests.
  • TEST 5 is scheduled for Wed April 4.  Test 5 will focus on Ch 5 material (comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and solar system formation, but will also review material from Ch 6-8.  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 Ch 7 on terrestrial planets, then Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.
  • 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).
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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"
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • TUTORS:  Required tutor visits are over.  Visit them from now on to get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle on 4/22, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Mar 22, Apr 12), the star parties (Mar 10, Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).  If you watch a JPL Webcast, to get full credit you must also post your respons to the questions within 30 minutes of the end of the talk.
  • 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 resource.
  • Star Party LAST Saturday was canceled due to rain.  Next one will be Apr 14.  Go to this link for star party info.
3/19 Mon
3/21 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for Mon March 19 and will cover Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon and Ch 7 on the Terrestrial planets. 
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 is scheduled for Wed March 21 and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8.  We will have tests roughly every other week for the rest of the semester.  Sometimes we may even have tests two weeks in a row.  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. 
  • IMPORTANT VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  We will cover up through Jupiter in class , but won't get to Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  In order to stay on schedule, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos on these Jovian Planets. I will not go over this in class.  You are responsible for watching these videos in preparation for the test on Wednesday.
      --SATURN
      --URANUS, NEPTUNE, PLUTO, KEIPER BELT
  • STUDY SHEET:  Click here to download a useful one page study sheet on all the planets.
  • Spring break is next week.
  • TEST 5 is tentatively scheduled for Wed April 4 (may be re-scheduled to the following week).  Test 5 will focus on Ch 5 material (comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and solar system formation, but will also review material from Ch 6-8.  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 Ch 7 on terrestrial planets, then Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.  Chapter  9 is optional, then after that we will focus on Ch 10 (the sun), the rest of Ch 4 (on spectroscopy), and Ch 11 (properties of stars).
  • IMPORTANT VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to stay on schedule, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos on exoplanets and the sun. I may not go over this in class.  You are responsible for watching these videos.
      --EXOPLANETS
      --THE SUN
  • 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 the system.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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"
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  Click this link to see pictures and video of past tripsIf going on the trip, but not yet registered, be sure to email me or see me after class so I save you a spot (otherwise your spot will be given away later this week to someone else).
  • TUTORS:  Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle on 4/22, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Mar 22, Apr 12), the star parties (Mar 10, Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).  If you watch a JPL Webcast, to get full credit you must also post your respons to the questions within 30 minutes of the end of the talk.
  • 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 resource.
3/26 Mon
3/28 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • Take the week off!  Happy bunny day!  Have fun!  Be safe!
  • TEST 3 and TEST 4 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown below.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss three problems and still get 100%.  Between my two classes, for Test 3, two students scored over 100% (with the high being 104%), and for Test 4, three students scored 100%.  Way to go!
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    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.
4/2 Mon
4/4 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • Welcome back!!!  I hope you all had a nice spring break.
  • TEST 5 has been re-scheduled for Wed April 11.  Test 5 will focus on Ch 5 material (comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and solar system formation, but will also review material from Ch 6-8.  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 Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.  Chapter  9 is optional, then after that we will focus on Ch 10 (the sun), the rest of Ch 4 (on spectroscopy), and Ch 11 (properties of stars).
  • IMPORTANT VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to stay on schedule, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos on exoplanets and the sun. I may not go over this in class.  You are responsible for watching these videos.
      --EXOPLANETS
      --THE SUN
  • GETTING AHEAD - VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to get ahead, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos.  This material is important and provides a foundation for when we study how stars form, live out their lives, and die to become white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.  Watching these in advance will allow me to quickly review this material and then focus on the good stuff!
      --Properties of Stars 1
      --Properties of Stars 2
  • 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 the system.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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):
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Leave SBCC at 8 am and return by 5 pm.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!
  • Death Valley Field Course:  For those that signed up, there is a required meeting this week.  Check your email and be sure to attend one of the required meetings on trip info, logistics, etc.
  • TUTORS:  Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle on 4/22, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Apr 12), the star parties (Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).  If you watch a JPL Webcast, to get full credit you must also post your respons to the questions within 30 minutes of the end of the talk.
  • 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 resource.
4/9 Mon
4/11 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • TEST 5 will be given this Wed April 11.  Test may be given at the start of class, so please be on time.  Test 5 will focus on Ch 5 material (comets, asteroids, meteoroids, and solar system formation, but will also review material from Ch 6-8.  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 Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.  Chapter  9 is optional, then after that we will focus on Ch 10 (the sun), the rest of Ch 4 (on spectroscopy), and Ch 11 (properties of stars).
  • IMPORTANT VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to stay on schedule, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos on exoplanets and the sun. I may not go over this in class.  You are responsible for watching these videos.
      --EXOPLANETS
      --THE SUN
  • GETTING AHEAD - VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to get ahead, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos.  This material is important and provides a foundation for when we study how stars form, live out their lives, and die to become white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.  Watching these in advance will allow me to quickly review this material and then focus on the good stuff!
      --Properties of Stars 1
      --Properties of Stars 2
  • 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 the system.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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):
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Leave SBCC at 8 am and return by 5 pm.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!
  • Death Valley Field Course:  For those that signed up, bring your stuff to school Tue morning and we leave Wed morning.  Check your email to be sure you are getting required trip inf.
  • TUTORS:  Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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:  There are various extra credit options available.  In addition to the trip to Griffith, and another one to see the Space Shuttle on 4/22, don't forget about the JPL live web lectures (Apr 12), the star parties (Apr 14), planetarium shows (get your museum slip from me in class), and seeing the tutors (2 pts each time).  If you watch a JPL Webcast, to get full credit you must also post your response to the questions within 30 minutes of the end of the talk.
  • 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 resource.
4/16 Mon
4/18 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • Tests will be graded and grades posted later this week.  Sorry for the delay, but I have been out of town on the Death Valley field course.
  • No test next week.  Next test tentatively scheduled for Wed May 2.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read the rest of Ch 4 (on spectroscopy), and Ch 11 (properties of stars).
  • GETTING AHEAD - VIDEO ASSIGNMENT:  In order to get ahead, I would like you to watch the following Fred Marschak Videos.  This material is important and provides a foundation for when we study how stars form, live out their lives, and die to become white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.  Watching these in advance will allow me to quickly review this material and then focus on the good stuff!
      --Properties of Stars 1
      --Properties of Stars 2
  • EC FIELD TRIP to see the SPACE SHUTTLE at CA MUSEUM of SCIENCE (Sun April 22):
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Leave SBCC at 8 am and return by 5 pm.  Cost is $40 and includes transportation and all admission fees (but you need to bring or buy your own food/lunch).  You sign up by going to the SBCC Cashier and paying for the trip with them.  The trip will fill up fast.  Signups are on a first come basis.  Don't delay, sign up right away!
4/23 Mon
4/25 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    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 the system.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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.
  • Death 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 Tutor 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 4/27, 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 tutor schedule
  • 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 resource.
  • 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:  If 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 final).
  • 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! 
     
  • ROCKET LAUNCH: 
     
    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 morning):
     
    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.
4/30 Mon
5/2 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • 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 the system.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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"
  • TUTORS:  Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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.  You can visit tutors up through the last week of classes (and still get extra credit).
  • EXTRA CREDIT:  ALL DUE LAST WEEK
    Except for visiting tutors, and for the Rocket Launch this Saturday morning May 5 (but you have to go to Lompoc to get the credit).
  • 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 tutor schedule
  • 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 resource.
  • 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:  If 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 final).
  • 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! 
     
  • ROCKET LAUNCH: 
     
    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 morning):
     
    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.
5/7 Mon
5/9 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    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.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  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).
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Be sure to sit in the same seats 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"
  • TUTORS:  Visit tutors and get 2 pts each time up to 20 pts.  Here is the Tutor 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.  You can visit tutors up through the last week of classes (and still get extra credit).
  • 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 tutor schedule
  • 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 resource.
  • 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:  If 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 final).
  • 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! 
5/14 Mon
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • POSTING OF GRADES (when link activated, click to see ALL your grades to date):
    Grades have been posted using the numbers given out to you in class.  If you forgot your number, see me after class.  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.  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 and added to the list.  Clickers, Crash Course, and Smartwork assignments have all been included, along with the JPL webcasts, planetarium shows, star parties, and also the James Webb talk (remember, you only get partial credit if you didn't submit the on-line write-up).  Still to be graded (and added to the gradesheet are the Extra Credit tutor visits and of course the final.
  • 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:  If 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 final).
  • 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! 
5/9 Fri
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (MW 9:35 - 10:55 AM)
  • POSTING OF GRADES (THESE ARE NOT FINAL GRADES):
    Grades have been posted using the numbers given out to you in class.  These are NOT final grades.  I am still grading papers and responding to emails.  This does have the final and also the tutor extra credit.  Please check for accuracy.  I have received an overwhelming number of emails.  If you have sent me an email about something in the past few weeks, I will get to it and respond.  If there is a grading issue you have not already sent an email about, please send me a message.  I will post a another update next week.