EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

8/21 Mon
8/23 Wed

8/28 Mon
8/30 Wed

9/6 Wed

  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Welcome to class!  If you wish to add, sign the add list and see me after class.
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • Go over syllabus and class expectations.  List of cool books to be referenced during course (but you do not need to buy any of these).  Excerpts will be assigned and provided to you on-line.
  • Handy handout on the Scientific Method. List of Historical Characters.
  • Review topics and books.  Post in Moodle Forum.
  • Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • Starry Night activities (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Outside Activities.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Videos.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Homework done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • Read Ch 1 in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time".  Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  We will then go back to Ch 2 after that.
  • Quiz on Ch 1 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • Readings:
  • 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"
  • Space Shuttle trip date changed to Oct 22, 2017.  More info on the trip will be given out later.
  • 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!
  • THE GREAT ECLIPSE OF NORTH AMERICA 2017
    PowerPoint given in class 8/21 (day of eclipse)
    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
  • Chapter 1 "tidbits" to think about:
    The big questions, the mind of "God", tortoises "all the way down", flat Earth vs round Earth, geocentric vs heliocentric, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicas, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, static universe, gravitational collapse of universe, 1st cause, biblical beginnings 5000 yrs BC (Genesis), time before the existence of the universe, Olber's Paradox, Hubble expansion of universe, theories (proof vs disproof), theory "survival of the fittest", General Theory of Relativity (up to 10^24 mi) and Quantum Mechanics (down to 10^12 inch), need for a Quantum Theory of Gravity (your homework for tonight is to come up with this theory), determinism should determine if deterministic theory can be found (or not) or if it's right or wrong, Grand Unification Theory, how does this benefit us (or does science knowledge "doom us all".
9/11 Mon
9/13 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • Starry Night activities (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Outside Activities.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Videos.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Homework done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  We will then go back to Ch 2 after that.
  • Quiz on Ch 3 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • Readings:
  • SPACE SHUTTLE TRIP:  Space Shuttle trip date changed to Oct 22, 2017.  More info on the trip will be given out later.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • DEPARTMENT WELCOME BBQ:  We had a lot of fun.  Hope to see you at the next event!
  • 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!
9/18 Mon
9/20 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • Starry Night activities (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • Outside Activities.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Go to my regular astro class extra credit page to view activities that would count as outside activities for the Black Hole's class (except for visiting the tutor).
  • Videos.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Go to my regular astro class extra credit page (scroll to the very bottom) to view videos that you can choose from for the Black Hole's class.
  • Homework done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional - so the hw for Ch 8 on Canvas is also optional).  We will then go back to Ch 2 after that.
  • Quiz on Ch 2 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • Readings:
  • 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 had a fun time and I hope you will join us for our future club events.