Mon 8/27
Wed 10/17
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • Due to a computer networking error, all announcements from earlier in the semester have been lost. However, you can see all the same things (but with the dates slightly different), by going to the Tu Night Daily Announcements instead. All future announcemnets will continue to be posted here.
Mon 10/22
Wed 10/24
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish Ch 7 on terrestrial planets, then read Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.
  • 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.  Scroll down to see multiple pages. 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.
  • DESCRIPTION OF GRADING COLUMNS:
    All grades are in percentages (so 100% means full credit).  The first column is your "magic #" given out in class.  The second column titled "Kit Card" is the card you were required to turn in.  The next series of columns with dates are your "participation grade" for those dates.  The columns titled "Test 1" and "Test 2" are your test percentages (already curved to help you).  The last column "Class Grade" is your cumulative grade so far in the course (total points).  Please keep in mind that so early in the semester, the cumulative grade doesn't lock you into any final grade.  You can greatly improve on this percentage.
  • TEST 2 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown above.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss three problems and still get 100%.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for Wed 10/24, and will focus on the Terrestrial planets. 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.
  • TEST 4: Test 4 will be given the very next week on Wed Oct 31 (oooh... how scary), and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8. 
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors to view sample problems on the next test, for help with class material, and also to get some extra credit.  Here is the Tutor Schedule
  • Eastern Sierra Field Course (2-units): For those on the trip, write a one page summary of your experiences highlighting what you found most interesting and if you would reccomend the trip to others and why.
  • BE SURE TO DO CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS ACTIVITIES:
    See instructions previously posted on free access, and how to do these activities. They each are worth a 100 pts total (as much as a test). So, not doing them will be equivalent to getting zeros on two tests.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES:
    Crash Course due dates are fixed and can not be extended. Although you can watch the video, you can't get credit for the quiz after the due date. Once you are late, you have missed out on these points (sorry). However Smartworks assignments, though due on a specific date, can be taken after the date for partial credit. You lose only 10% of the points each day you wait. So, just do them as soon as you can (even if you are late).
  • 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:  Last week, your clickers were 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).
  • EXTRA CREDIT MOVIE: Past due.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun 11/4):  10 am - 8 pm
    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).
  • EXTRA CREDIT LECTURE: Come join us on October 25th @ 4pm in PS 101 for an "out of this world" lecture (no, seriously, it is out of this world). Astronomer Etienne Bachelet will share with us his knowledge and studies on exoplanets detection methods and his work on microlensing planet observations. 
  • OTHER EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view other extra credit activities.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-19".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Wednesday's 12:30 (though still to be determined). Join us. We meet at the tables outside between the physical science building and the caffeteria.
  • 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.
10/29 Mon
10/31 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.
  • 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.  Scroll down to see multiple pages. 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 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown above.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss two problems and still get 100%.
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 is scheduled for Wed 10/31 (oooh... how scary), and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8.  focus on ALL the planets. 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.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors to view sample problems on the next test, for help with class material, and also to get some extra credit.  Here is the Tutor Schedule
  • BE SURE TO DO CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS ACTIVITIES:
    See instructions previously posted on free access, and how to do these activities. They each are worth a 100 pts total (as much as a test). So, not doing them will be equivalent to getting zeros on two tests.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES:
    Crash Course due dates are fixed and can not be extended. Although you can watch the video, you can't get credit for the quiz after the due date. Once you are late, you have missed out on these points (sorry). However Smartworks assignments, though due on a specific date, can be taken after the date for partial credit. You lose only 10% of the points each day you wait. So, just do them as soon as you can (even if you are late).
  • 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:  Clickers were 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 your points).
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun 11/4):  10 am - 8 pm
    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).
    You will need to sign the waiver found on the link above and leave it on my office door before the trip, or scan and email to me directly.
  • EXTRA CREDIT LECTURE: Did you join us on October 25th @ 4pm in PS 101 for the "out of this world" lecture. If so, you should have signed in at the talk and don't forget to post on Canvas your summary of the talk with your thoughts and impressions.
  • OTHER EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view other extra credit activities.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-19".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Wednesday's 12:30 (though still to be determined). Join us. We meet at the tables outside between the physical science building and the caffeteria.
  • 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.
11/5 Mon
11/7 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets, then on to Ch 10 on our sun, then Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution.
  • 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.  Scroll down to see multiple pages. 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 4 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown above.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss two problems and still get 100%.
  • TEST 5: Test 5 will be given on Wed Nov 14, and Test 6 will be given on Wed Nov 28.  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.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors to view sample problems on the next test, for help with class material, and also to get some extra credit.  Here is the Tutor Schedule
  • BE SURE TO DO CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS ACTIVITIES:
    See instructions previously posted on free access, and how to do these activities. They each are worth a 100 pts total (as much as a test). So, not doing them will be equivalent to getting zeros on two tests.
  • 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. 
  • EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view extra credit activities.
  • Eastern Sierra Field Course (2-units): For those on the trip, to make up for missed class and points, write a one page summary of your experiences highlighting what you found most interesting and if you would reccomend the trip to others and why. Print and turn in to instructor (not posted on Canvas).
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-19".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Wednesday's 12:30 (though still to be determined). Join us. We meet at the tables outside between the physical science building and the caffeteria.
  • 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.
11/12 Mon
11/14 Wed
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • Monday is a holiday... so take the day off (on me...).
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish Ch 10 on our sun, then read Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution.
  • TEST 5: Test 5 will be given on Wed Nov 14, and Test 6 will be given on Wed Nov 28.  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.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors to view sample problems on the next test, for help with class material, and also to get some extra credit.  Here is the Tutor Schedule
  • BE SURE TO DO CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS ACTIVITIES:
    See instructions previously posted on free access, and how to do these activities. They each are worth a 100 pts total (as much as a test). So, not doing them will be equivalent to getting zeros on two tests.
  • 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. 
  • EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view extra credit activities. As per the posted calendar schedule, all extra credits are due by this Wed Nov 21 (this includes all write-ups for past extra credits). However, if you need some additional time, you can see me in class to give your "sob story" and request special permission for an extension to Sunday Nov 25. After Sunday, extra credits will be downloaded (so even if you post past that date - it won't count). You are still able to go see the tutor for extra credit points up through the second to last week of class Nov 30. Tutors may be available the last week of class, but visiting may not apply toward extra credit depending on when the sign in sheets are collected.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-19".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Wednesday's 12:30 (though still to be determined). Join us. We meet at the tables outside between the physical science building and the caffeteria.
  • 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.
Mon 11/19
Wed 11/21
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution.
  • 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.  Scroll down to see multiple pages. 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 5 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown above.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss three problems and still get 100%.
  • TEST 6: Test 6 will be given on Wed Nov 28.  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.
  • TUTORS:  Visit the tutors to view sample problems on the next test, for help with class material, and also to get some extra credit.  Here is the Tutor Schedule
  • BE SURE TO DO CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS ACTIVITIES:
    See instructions previously posted on free access, and how to do these activities. They each are worth a 100 pts total (as much as a test). So, not doing them will be equivalent to getting zeros on two tests.
  • 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. 
  • EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view extra credit activities. As per the posted calendar schedule, all extra credits are due by this Wed Nov 21 (this includes all write-ups for past extra credits). However, if you need some additional time, you can see me in class to give your "sob story" and request special permission for an extension to Sunday Nov 25. After Sunday, extra credits will be downloaded (so even if you post past that date - it won't count). You are still able to go see the tutor for extra credit points up through the second to last week of class Nov 30. Tutors may be available the last week of class, but visiting may not apply toward extra credit depending on when the sign in sheets are collected.
  • THREE NEW EXTRA CREDITS (since everything else is past due).  Each of these is worth 5 pts (half a letter grade on a test). Due Friday Nov 30 at midnight.  (1) Watch the short video on Telescopes, then answer the associated Canvas questions. (2) Watch the short video on Relativity and Black Holes, then answer the associated Canvas questions.   (3) Watch the short video on Galaxies and answer the associated Canvas questions.
  • END OF SEMESTER TOPICS:  Things get busy near the end of the semester and the material gets 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 11/19 (Section 5B, and Section 9 (A and B), and Section 10)
      --Week of 11/26 (Section 11 (A and B only)
      --Week of 12/3 (Sections 11C, 12, 13, and 14)
    Note that some of these sections are covered by the Extra Credit video assignments posted above.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-19".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Wednesday's 12:30 (though still to be determined). Join us. We meet at the tables outside between the physical science building and the caffeteria.
  • 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.