EARTH 101 (Astronomy Lecture Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)

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8/22 Tu
8/29 Tu
9/5 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • TO BE CLEAR:  All Astronomy Classes are 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.
  • 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 9/5.
  • LECTURE TOPICS:  Will lecture on Feynman Quote (video) and Scientific Method (follow hyperlinks for more info).
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" are due 9/5.  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 will need to use your textbook access code, or purchase one before you can access the system.
  • 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.  You will be asked to input your code (which comes with new books), or to purchase a code (or a code and an on-line book).  Choose what works for you.  Once in the system, you may be asked what school you are at and which course you are in.  The MW class should select ERTH-101 30373.  The Tu Night class should select ERTH-101 33131.  For the five digit ID number, use the last five digits of your student K number.  Then you will see a list of Smartwork assignments and due dates.
  • 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 the weekend before being due.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night before class at midnight.
  • 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:  The night of 9/5, 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.
  • DEPARTMENT WELCOME BBQ:  There will be a department "Welcome BBQ" Friday 9/8, 4-6 pm, Leadbetter Beach afternoon beach party for our entire Earth Science Department, teachers and students!  Bring your friends (free food and fun!). 
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FIRST CLUB MEETING:  Club meeting for the semester Friday 9/15, 6 pm, 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! This year we have arranged for the Cassini Spacecraft to crash into Saturn just for us, to honor our astronomy club and all new members.  Don't miss out.  We will tell you all about it and we will watch the news highlights of the crash!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Space Shuttle trip date changed to Oct 22, 2017.  More info on the trip will be given out later.
  • THE GREAT ECLIPSE OF NORTH AMERICA 2017
    TIMES OF THE ECLIPSE MORNING OF 8/21/17 AS SEEN FROM SANTA BARBARA:
    9:04 AM  Start of eclipse
    10:18 AM  Max coverage at 63%
    11:41 AM  End of eclipse
9/12 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due last 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.  After this week, students will be dropped.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish 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, then Ch 3 on more recent historical characters, and then Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light).
  • 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 will need to use your textbook access code, or purchase one before you can access the system.  There is a free trial you can activate until you are able to purchase activation.
  • 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.  You will be asked to input your code (which comes with new books), or to purchase a code (or a code and an on-line book).  Choose what works for you.  Once in the system, you may be asked what school you are at and which course you are in.  The MW class should select ERTH-101 30373.  The Tu Night class should select ERTH-101 33131.  For the five digit ID number, use the last five digits of your student K number.  Then you will see a list of Smartwork assignments and due dates.
  • 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 the weekend before being due.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night before class at midnight.
  • 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 scores are being registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seat or you will lost your scores.
  • DEPARTMENT WELCOME BBQ:  We had a great time.  I hope you can join us next time.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FIRST CLUB MEETING:  First club meeting for the semester Friday 9/15, 6 pm, 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! This year we have arranged for the Cassini Spacecraft to crash into Saturn just for us, to honor our astronomy club and all new members.  Don't miss out.  We will tell you all about it and we will watch the news highlights of the crash!
  • 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 by the end of 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.
  • Space Shuttle trip date changed to Oct 22, 2017.  More info on the trip will be given out later.
9/19 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due two weeks ago.  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.  Students will be dropped at the end of the week if these have not been turned in.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 3 on historical characters in Astronomy, and then Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Tuesday of next week (9/26). 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.
  • TUTOR ASSIGNMENT DUE NEXT WEEK:  To encourage you to make use of tutorial services, you are required to "visit" a tutor so that you meet them and know where they are located.  The Tutor Schedule is posted on my web site.   This is a required assignment and is worth 10 pts if done by Thurs noon of next week.  Don't miss out on these points.  Be sure to "sign in" for credit.  To get credit you must sign in with the Tutor.  It's not enough to just sign in with the Gateway Center.  You must actually talk to the tutor!
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    Some more due date extensions for some Chapters (Ch 1 past due, Ch 2 extended to Wed, Ch 3 until next Sunday).  Also, please note that you can ALWAYS turn in late work for a minimal penalty of 10% per day.  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 the weekend before being due.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night before class at midnight.
  • 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.  Detailed instructions on how to access the Crash Course videos can be found in last week's announcements above.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas.  You will need to use your textbook access code, or purchase one before you can access the system.  There is a free trial you can activate until you are able to purchase activation.  Detailed instructions on how to access the Smartworks videos can be found in last week's announcements above.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • SMARTWORKS GRADES:  Grades for Smartworks can be seen individually in the Smartworks site.  Only the cumulative grade is transferred back to Canvas.
  • 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 scores are being registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seat or you will lost your scores.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FIRST CLUB MEETING:  Our first club meeting was last Friday and we celebrated the end of the Cassini mission as it crashed into Saturn.  We will learn more about Cassini later in the semester.  We had a fun time and I hope you will join us for our future club events.
  • 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.
9/26 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read 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.
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for tonight Tuesday 9/26. 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.  Tests will always be announced in advance, generally at least a week in advance, but no less than five days in advance.  Always check the Daily Announcements if you miss class.
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Tuesday Oct 10, 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.
  • DSPS STUDENTS:  I generally give all the time that is needed for all students.  I have never had students need to take the test with DSPS.  In fact, often, there are hints, corrections, and other things we do in class that benefit students and help them do better on tests.  Tests are short, so do not take up the full class period.  Talk to me after class if you have concerns.
  • TUTOR ASSIGNMENT DUE NEXT WEEK (you get an extra week):  To encourage you to make use of tutorial services, you are required to "visit" a tutor so that you meet them and know where they are located.  The Tutor Schedule is posted on my web site.   This is a required assignment and is worth 10 pts if done by Thurs noon of next week.  Don't miss out on these points.  Be sure to "sign in" for credit.  To get credit you must sign in with the Tutor.  It's not enough to just sign in with the Gateway Center.  You must actually talk to the tutor!
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.
  • 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.  Detailed instructions on how to access the Crash Course videos can be found in earlier announcements posted above.
  • DUPLICATE ASSIGNMENTS:  One of the Crash Course assignments was inadvertently duplicated.  You only have to do it once.  If you do it twice, I will use the higher of the scores.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas.  You will need to use your textbook access code, or purchase one before you can access the system.  There is a free trial you can activate until you are able to purchase activation.  Detailed instructions on how to access the Smartworks videos can be found in earlier announcements posted above.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • SMARTWORKS GRADES:  Grades for Smartworks can be seen individually only on the Smartworks site.  Only the cumulative grade is transferred back to Canvas.
  • 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 scores are being registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seat or you may lose your scores.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
10/3 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read 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.
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Tuesday Oct 10, 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.
  • FIRST TEST:  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 (click this link 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 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.
  • TUTOR ASSIGNMENT DUE THIS WEEK (Due by Wed noon):  To encourage you to make use of tutorial services, you are required to "visit" a tutor so that you meet them and know where they are located.  The Tutor Schedule is posted on my web site.   This is a required assignment and is worth 10 pts if done by Wed noon of next week.  Don't miss out on these points.  Be sure to "sign in" for credit.  To get credit you must sign in with the Tutor.  It's not enough to just sign in with the Gateway Center.  You must actually talk to the tutor!
  • TUTOR SAMPLE QUESTIONS:  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.
  • BLADE RUNNER ASTRO CLUB OUTING:  Just for fun, join the Astronomy Club for our "Blade Runner opening night movie outing" this Thursday Oct 5!  Meet us at the 8:30 pm showing at Metro 4 on lower State.  For a small bit of extra credit (not a lot, but a bit, just for fun), go to the opening night (any time that night).  If you can't go opening night, go anytime this opening weekend.  And I will also give a bit of extra credit for those that sign up for the Astro Club Facebook page.  Again, this is "just for fun", just a couple points, not a lot of extra credit, and won't ruin your grade if you don't do it.  Only go if you want to go anyways.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Clickers scores are being registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seat or you may lose your scores.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.
  • 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.  Detailed instructions on how to access the Crash Course videos can be found in earlier announcements posted above.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving Smart Works quizzes posted on Canvas.  Grades for Smartworks can be seen individually only on the Smartworks site.  Only the cumulative grade is transferred back to Canvas.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • 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. 
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
10/10 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for tonight Tuesday Oct 10, 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.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for next week Tuesday Oct 17 and will cover Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon and Ch 7 on the Terrestrial planets.  Test 4 may be the week right after and will focus on Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8. 
  • POSTING OF GRADES (click this link 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 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.
  • TUTOR SAMPLE QUESTIONS:  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.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to see the SPACE SHUTTLE at CA MUSEUM of SCIENCE (Sun Oct 22):
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Leave SBCC 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!
  • STAR PARTY EXTRA CREDIT:  There is a star party Saturday night 10/14 and you and your friends are invited. The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will hold their monthly star party Saturday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (click here for Directions).  The moon is a waning crescent so it will not rise until after midnight. Dark skies!!! If you come at the beginning, you can probably catch Saturn!  You can get extra credit if you have not been to a star party this semester, but you are always welcome to come and enjoy the stars as long as you are having fun. To get the extra credit, be sure to sign in at the event and also to do the questions on Canvas related to the Star Party.
  • BLADE RUNNER ASTRO CLUB OUTING:  Hope you made it to the show.  Extra credit will be awarded using the clickers.
  • CLICKER QUIZZES:  Clickers scores are being registered to you.  Be sure to sit in the same seat or you may lose your scores.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
10/17 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for this week Tue Oct 17 and will cover Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon and Ch 7 on the Terrestrial planets.  Test 4 may be the week right after and will focus on Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8. 
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 is scheduled for Tue Oct 24 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.
  • TEST 2 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 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.
  • 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.  You can also see the last test and your scantron results in our department office EBS-114. Click here for more info.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to see the SPACE SHUTTLE at CA MUSEUM of SCIENCE (Sun Oct 22):
    Space is limited.  Anyone may go.  Bring a friend.  Leave SBCC 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!
  • STAR PARTY EXTRA CREDIT:   To get the extra credit, be sure to answer the questions on Canvas related to the Star Party.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
10/17 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish reading Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets, then on to Ch 10 on our sun.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 test results will be posted here later this week.
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 is scheduled for tonight Tue Oct 24 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun Nov 5):  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!
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  For the Smartworks, you can sometimes (depends on if the system is having problems) turn in late work up to 10 days at 10% penalty each day.
  • SMARTWORKS PROBLEMS and now EXTRA CREDIT:  There have been some difficulties with Smartworks due dates and with the mapping over of grades. The company knows of the problems and is working to fix them.  Due to the confusion this has generated with students, Smartworks is now going to contribute to your grade ONLY as extra credit (up to 50 pts).  This is a significant contribution to extra credit, so doing them is important, but if you didn't do them or had trouble with the technical difficulties, just know that there is NO grade penalty.  The Crash Course videos, though, will continue to be counted as regular credit.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
10/31 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Oooohh.... how scary....
  • If you are too scared to come to class tonight, please watch the following Fred Marschak videos:
      --All five short videos in Section 8 on "Origin & Debree"
      --Section 5A (but not 5B yet)
  • 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
  • Test 5 will be given on Tue 11/7, and Test 6 will be given on Tue Nov 21.  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.
  • TEST 3 and 4 SCORES:  Test scores are posted at the link shown below.  Test scores were curved to help you.  You can miss three or four (depending on test) 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun Nov 5):  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!
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  For the Smartworks, you can sometimes (depends on if the system is having problems) turn in late work up to 10 days at 10% penalty each day.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • SMARTWORKS PROBLEMS are now EXTRA CREDIT:  There have been some difficulties with Smartworks due dates and with the mapping over of grades. The company knows of the problems and is working to fix them.  Due to the confusion this has generated with students, Smartworks is now going to contribute to your grade ONLY as extra credit (up to 50 pts).  This is a significant contribution to extra credit, so doing them is important, but if you didn't do them or had trouble with the technical difficulties, just know that there is NO grade penalty.  The Crash Course videos, though, will continue to be counted as regular credit.
  • STAR PARTY EC ACTIVITY on Sat Nov 11:   Star Parties are hosted by the SB Astronomical Unit Astronomy Club on the second Saturday of the month at the SB Museum of Natural History (click here for Directions).  You and your friends are invited (anyone may come). To get the extra credit, be sure to sign in at the event and also to do the questions on Canvas related to the Star Party.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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 10/31 (All of Section 8 (ABCDE), and Section 5A only)
      --Week of 11/7 (Section 5B, and Section 9 (A and B), and Section 10), Test 5
      --Week of 11/14 (Section 11 (A and B only)
      --Week of 11/21 (Sections 11C, 12, and 13), Test 6
      --Week of 11/28 (Sect 14)
11/7 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • Hope you had a GREAT Halloween!  Oooohh.... how scary....
    If you have any cool Astro related costume pics, send them to me....  :)
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 10 on our sun, then Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution
  • Test 5 will be given on Tue 11/7, and Test 6 will be given on Tue Nov 21.  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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun Nov 5):  10 am - 8 pm
    We had a great trip!  If you turned in your worksheet, there is nothing else for you to do to receive credit.  You are all set!
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  For the Smartworks, you can sometimes (depends on if the system is having problems) turn in late work up to 10 days at 10% penalty each day.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • SMARTWORKS PROBLEMS are now EXTRA CREDIT:  There have been some difficulties with Smartworks due dates and with the mapping over of grades. The company knows of the problems and is working to fix them.  Due to the confusion this has generated with students, Smartworks is now going to contribute to your grade ONLY as extra credit (up to 50 pts).  This is a significant contribution to extra credit, so doing them is important, but if you didn't do them or had trouble with the technical difficulties, just know that there is NO grade penalty.  The Crash Course videos, though, will continue to be counted as regular credit.
  • STAR PARTY EC ACTIVITY on Sat Nov 11:   Star Parties are hosted by the SB Astronomical Unit Astronomy Club on the second Saturday of the month at the SB Museum of Natural History (click here for Directions).  You and your friends are invited (anyone may come). To get the extra credit, be sure to sign in at the event and also to do the questions on Canvas related to the Star Party.
  • Extra Credit Opportunity
    Wed Nov 8, 4 pm in PS-130: 10 pts
    Astronomy Club will be hosting Curtis McCully, who be speaking about the Kilonova  discovery of two neutron stars colliding.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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 11/6 (Section 5B, and Section 9 (A and B), and Section 10), Test 5
      --Week of 11/13 (Section 11 (A and B only)
      --Week of 11/20 (Sections 11C, 12, and 13), Test 6
      --Week of 11/27 (Sect 14)
11/14 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 - 9:05 pm)
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 4 (the rest of it), then Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution
  • Test 6 will be given on Tue 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • ALL OPEN ENDED EXTRA CREDIT DUE BY WED OF NEXT WEEK:  As per the class calendar, all open ended extra credits (like planetarium shows, JPL webcasts, etc) are due before Thanksgiving, that includes all write-ups that are posted to Canvas.  I need time to download these and grade them.  You may continue to go see tutors and get extra credit up through the last week of classes.
  • NOTE ON DUE DATES for CRASH COURSE and SMARTWORKS:
    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 finish what's left during the weekend before being due Sunday night.  Assignments are generally due Sunday night at midnight.  For the Smartworks, you can sometimes (depends on if the system is having problems) turn in late work up to 10 days at 10% penalty each day.  For technical issues contact the publisher's Tech Support for assistance.
  • SMARTWORKS PROBLEMS are now EXTRA CREDIT:  There have been some difficulties with Smartworks due dates and with the mapping over of grades. The company knows of the problems and is working to fix them.  Due to the confusion this has generated with students, Smartworks is now going to contribute to your grade ONLY as extra credit (up to 50 pts).  This is a significant contribution to extra credit, so doing them is important, but if you didn't do them or had trouble with the technical difficulties, just know that there is NO grade penalty.  The Crash Course videos, though, will continue to be counted as regular credit.
  • STAR PARTY EC ACTIVITY on Sat Nov 11:   We had a great star party.  Be sure to answer the questions and post on Canvas for full credit.
  • Extra Credit Opportunity
    Wed Nov 8, 4 pm in PS-130: 10 pts
    Astronomy Club will be hosting Curtis McCully, who be speaking about the Kilonova  discovery of two neutron stars colliding.
    Be sure to post a brief summary on Canvas of the talk with your thoughts and impressions.
  • Another Extra Credit Opportunity
    Friday Nov 11,  1 pm in PS-101: 10 pts
    Computer Engineering Club will be hosting: Origin of the Universe:  - The Big Bang, Brian Williams Ph.D.
    Be sure to post a brief summary on Canvas of the talk with your thoughts and impressions.
  • EXPANDED TUTOR HOURS:  As we near the end of the semester, we have added tutor hours to help students out.  In addition to the hours previously posted, we now have Troy tutoring Monday's 12 -3 pm.  Click here to see the full updated schedule.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • 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.
  • FINAL:  The final will be given Tue Dec 5, 8-10 am.  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).
  • 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 11/6 (Section 5B, and Section 9 (A and B), and Section 10), Test 5
      --Week of 11/13 (Section 11 (A and B only)
      --Week of 11/20 (Sections 11C, 12, and 13), Test 6
      --Week of 11/27 (Sect 14)
  • SIGN UP FOR ASTRO CLASSES NEXT SEMESTER:
    Check out our ERTH-105 NASA Missions Class, only meets Fridays every other week from 10-12 (meets only 7 times for the semester).  Taught by a JPL Planetary Geologist!  Don't miss it!  Also, if you enjoyed the more advanced stuff we did 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!