- ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tu Night 6 -
- ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution,
then for our last week 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.
- Test 6 will be given on Tue Nov 28 (pushed
back to after Thanksgiving).
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.
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
- 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
THIS 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.
- LAST WEEK OF TUTORING:
Unfortunately, I have been informed that we are out of tutor hours and
so this week is the last week of tutoring. Wednesday
11/22 will be the last day. Click here to see the
Next week, though (the last week of classes), we have set up study group session from 4-6 pm on Tuesday 11/28 and
Thursday 11/30 nights in EBS-101 (the tutor room in EBS building, not
PS-101 where we have class).
LAST WEEK OF TUTORING:
As announced in class, last week was the last week of tutoring.
There will be no tutoring this week.
However, we have set up a couple of study sessions, where we will
have the sample test questions available, on Tuesday 11/28 and
Thursday 11/30, from 4-6 pm in EBS-101 (the tutor room in EBS
building, not PS-101 where we have class).
- 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
FINAL: The final will be given
Tue Dec 5, 6-8 pm.
The final will be comprised of two parts. The first part will be
50 questions on the most recent material on the death's of stars, white
dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, supernovae, black holes, galaxies,
relativity, string theory, and cosmology. The second part will be
50 questions on older stuff from earlier in the semester such as moon
phases, seasons, eclipses, planets, etc.
IF YOU MISSED A TEST DURING THE SEMESTER:
you missed a test (or more than one test) you can make up some of the
points by taking a "make-up" on the day of the final. Be sure to
ask for the make-up after you turn in your final (on the day of the
- 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),
--Week of 11/13 (Section 11 (A and B only)
--Week of 11/20 (Sections 11C, 12, and 13)
--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!