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

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8/30 Tu
9/6 Tu
9/13 Tu

  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • This Astronomy class section has room to add.  Bring your friends. See me after class for an add code. I will accept adds through next week. Email me for an add code, or just come to class.
  • Students enrolled in this section, but who do not attend, will be dropped to make room for others 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 in class next 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 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!
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Tuesday 9/25. 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.
  • 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). Click here to get instructions on how to get access for free (and don't use the code given to you with your book - you can sell that back to the bookstore).
  • 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).  After logging into Pipeline, click on the Canvas tab at the very top.  Once in Canvas, click on Assignments at the left, then scroll down past the Crash Course video assignments and click on the "Smartworks Assignment" link. This one link will take you to the publishers Smartworks companion website. The important thing to remember, is to ALWAYS access this link through Canvas, otherwise the website won't know what class you are in. Don't save the link and go there directly, always log into Canvas first, then click the link. 
  • 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:  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. Once registered, you will not be able to move around (if you want those clicker points).
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB / EARTH SCIENCE DEPT BBQ:  There will be an Astronomy Club meeting on Friday Sept 7 during our Dept BBQ (free food for everyone).  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!
  • DEPARTMENT BBQ (FREE FOOD):  Ledbetter Beach, Fri 9/7, 4-6 pm.
    Earth and Planetary Sciences annual picnic-grill-off-game fest TODAY (Fri 9/7) from 4-6 pm at Leadbetter Beach. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, sides, deserts, watermelon, and more! And games! Bring your friends (doesn't matter if you are enrolled in our classes or not).  Everyone's invited!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.
  • Astronomy Club presents "The Farthest Voyager in Space" and Officer Elections, Wednesday, 9/12, 7-9pm
  • 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.
9/18 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due last week.  Last chance to turn them in is this week. After that, you will be dropped. Kit Cards 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 this week and the first test!  Then move on to Ch 3 on the Copernican Revolution and Newtonian Gravity.
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Tuesday 9/25. 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.
  • ABOUT MATERIAL COVERED ON TEST: Our first test will include material from both Ch 2 and Ch 3, however, we have not covered Ch 3 yet in class.  This will happen sometimes during the semester.  We will be going over Ch 3 material this week before the test, but some of it will be covered the same day we take the test.  This should not cause a problem since you have already read the chapter and you also have the videos available for additional study if you wish (the Fred Marschak videos at the bottom of the Daily Announcements).  In fact, most students do better when we go over some of the material the same day since it's fresh in their minds.  Remember, there are no Test make -ups, and there will also be opportunities to get extra points by being in class.
  • 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). Tutors also have a few sample problems that are similar to questions on the test.
  • 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). Click here to get instructions on how to get access for free (and don't use the code given to you with your book - you can sell that back to the bookstore).
  • 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).  After logging into Pipeline, click on the Canvas tab at the very top.  Once in Canvas, click on Assignments at the left, then scroll down past the Crash Course video assignments and click on the "Smartworks Assignment" link. This one link will take you to the publishers Smartworks companion website. The important thing to remember, is to ALWAYS access this link through Canvas, otherwise the website won't know what class you are in. Don't save the link and go there directly, always log into Canvas first, then click the link.
  • 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).
  • 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.
9/25 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Due two weeks ago. If not turned in this week you will be dropped.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish Ch 3 on the Copernican Revolution and Newtonian Gravity. Then read 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 9/25. 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.
  • ABOUT MATERIAL COVERED ON TEST: Our first test will include material from both Ch 2 and Ch 3, however, we have not covered Ch 3 yet in class.  This will happen sometimes during the semester.  We will be going over Ch 3 material this week before the test, but some of it will be covered the same day we take the test.  This should not cause a problem since you have already read the chapter and you also have the videos available for additional study if you wish (the Fred Marschak videos at the bottom of the Daily Announcements).  In fact, most students do better when we go over some of the material the same day since it's fresh in their minds.  Remember, there are no Test make -ups, and there will also be opportunities to get extra points by being in class.
  • 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 this week (as an assignment for points). Tutors also have a few sample problems that are similar to questions on the test.
  • Eastern Sierra Field Course (2-units):  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology to the Eastern Sierra Nevada from Oct 17-21 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me at 11:15 am in EBS-114 on Wed 9/26. If you can not come on Wed, there will be other meeting dates announced later. You can only sign up after attending one of these meetings.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • 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).
  • 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.
Oct 2 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Last chance...
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.
  • 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 1 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%. Three students (from my two sections) scored over 100% on the test and four students have a cumulative percentage greater than 100%. Well done!
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Tue 10/9, 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.
  • 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 this week (as an assignment for points). Tutors also have a few sample problems that are similar to questions on the test.
  • Eastern Sierra Field Course (2-units):  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology to the Eastern Sierra Nevada from Oct 17-21 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) meet with me after class. This is the last week to get you cleared for registration. The trip is filling fast. Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • 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).
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun 11/3):  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).
  • OTHER EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view other extra credit activities. Note that the next JPL Webcast is this Thursday Oct 4 (starting at 7 pm, submit answers within half hour after end of talk), and the next Star Party is Sat Oct 13 (dark to midnight).
  • 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.
10/9 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Last chance...
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon. Then 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 column titled "Test 1" is your test percentage (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 1 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%. Three students (from my two sections) scored over 100% on the test and four students have a cumulative percentage greater than 100%. Well done!
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Tue 10/9, 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.
  • 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):  The trip is full.
  • 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:  For those that go see the new "First Man" movie, about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, you can get 5 pts extra credit by writing a short one page summary of the movie specifically commenting on what the movie does well with regard to showing the technology, and what could be considered "sci-fi movie bloopers", things like sounds in space, motions that defy the laws of physics, etc.  To get credit, you must go see the movie opening weekend and submit your write-up by Monday night at midnight (on Canvas).  Click on Assignments on Canvas and scroll down until you see it.
  • 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).
  • OTHER EXTRA CREDITS: Click here to view other extra credit activities. The next Star Party is Sat Oct 13 (dark to midnight).
  • 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.
10/16 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 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.
  • 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 Tue 10/23, 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.
  • 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):  The trip is full.
  • 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:  For those that go see the new "First Man" movie, about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, you can get 5 pts extra credit by writing a short one page summary of the movie specifically commenting on what the movie does well with regard to showing the technology, and what could be considered "sci-fi movie bloopers", things like sounds in space, motions that defy the laws of physics, etc.  To get credit, you must go see the movie opening weekend and submit your write-up by Monday night at midnight (on Canvas).  Click on Assignments on Canvas and scroll down until you see it.
  • 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).
  • 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.
10/23 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 Tue 10/23, 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 Tue Oct 30 (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.
10/30 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 Tue 10/30 (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.
11/6 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 Tu Nov 13, and Test 6 will be given on Tu Nov 27.  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.
11/23 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 Tu Nov 13, and Test 6 will be given on Tu Nov 27.  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.
Tu 11/20
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 Tu Nov 27.  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.