- ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 -
- 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 tonight. I
have gone to the trouble of arranging the Earth, the moon, and the sun
to align just for tonight's lecture so that you experience a "full",
"super", "blue", and "blood" moon. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou...
2:51 am - Penumbra
3:48 am - Umbra
4:51 to 6:07 am - Totality (blood moon)
- Astronomy Club viewing of the eclipse,
tonight (actually tomorrow morning, Wed, meet at 3:30 am at SBCC, at the
very end of East Campus overlooking the harbor. Doughnut and moon
views (with telescopes) provided.
- 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 tonight.
- LECTURE TOPICS: Will lecture on
Feynman Quote (video)
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
SPECIAL 1 UNIT SERIES OF 6 LECTURES:
(Focus on NASA Missions and Planetary
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.