Mon 1/14
Wed 1/16

Mon 1/21
Wed 1/23

  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • This Astronomy class section is full. However, my Tu Night section has room.  See me after class for an add code. I will accept adds through next week. Bring your friends.! 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 the second 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!
  • LUNAR ECLIPSE: Sunday January 20, 7:33 pm to 10:50 pm (Click here for details).
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Wed 2/6. 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.
  • 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 couple weeks (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:  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 MEETING / PIZZA PARTY:  There will be an Astronomy Club meeting / pizza party on Friday Feb 8.  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 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.
Mon 1/28
Wed 1/30
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • Students enrolled in this class, but who do not attend, will be dropped (see section in Syllabus on this). You will be dropped if you miss 2 classes in a row, or 3 classe total.
  • SYLLABUS QUIZ THIS WEEK:  Read on-line version of syllabus in preparation for "Syllabus Quiz" to be given in class this week.
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" are due THIS 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. You will be dropped if you don't turn this in. Be sure to put your name on the card (and keep the receipt for yourself).
  • 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 Wed 2/6. 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.
  • 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 Wed of 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. See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to watch these short videos and take these short quizzes.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks 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). See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to see how to access the external website and take these activities. Reminders will not appear on Canvas. Be sure to ALWAYS access SmartWorks by first going to Canvas and clicking ont he link, and select "Purchase Options", not "Free Trial". Then select the FREE purchase options.
  • 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). Please note that after the first few weeks, all the due dates are set for much later in the semester. It is YOUR responsability to pace yourselves and do the work as we go along. Otherwise, you will have too many assignments to do all at once at the last minute (and it won't help you on tests since it will be after the fact). Due date extensions can not be given.
  • 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:  This 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 MEETING / PIZZA PARTY:  There will be an Astronomy Club meeting / pizza party on Friday Feb 8.  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 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 Thurday'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.
  • Helpful Study Guides 1, 2, 3, 4 (use these in conjunction with the videos above to review material for tests and for the final at the end of the semester. Have fun!
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES: Many scholarship opportunities are provided through our school and other organizations and community sources. Many scholarships go unclaimed due to a lack of applicants. Sign up for our Astro Club website on FB for links. Also, go to the SBCC Foundation scholarship page to apply for hundreds all at once with a single submission. Submit by the end of the month (final deadline is Mar 4).
Mon 2/4
Wed 2/6
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • Students enrolled in this class, but who do not attend, will be dropped (see section in Syllabus on this). You will be dropped if you miss 2 classes in a row, or 3 classe total.
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" were due LAST week.  This week is your last chance to turn them in. They 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. You will be dropped if you don't turn this in. You can bring to my office door EBS-112. Be sure to put your name on the card (and keep the receipt for yourself).
  • 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. Then for next week read Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), and Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.
  • FIRST TEST:  Our first test is scheduled for Wed 2/6. 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.
  • 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 Wed noon of this 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. See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to watch these short videos and take these short quizzes.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks 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). See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to see how to access the external website and take these activities. Reminders will not appear on Canvas. Be sure to ALWAYS access SmartWorks by first going to Canvas and clicking ont he link, and select "Purchase Options", not "Free Trial". Then select the FREE purchase options.
  • 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). Please note that after the first few weeks, all the due dates are set for much later in the semester. It is YOUR responsability to pace yourselves and do the work as we go along. Otherwise, you will have too many assignments to do all at once at the last minute (and it won't help you on tests since it will be after the fact). Due date extensions can not be given.
  • 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:  This 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 MEETING / PIZZA PARTY:  There will be an Astronomy Club meeting / pizza party this Friday Feb 8, EBS-102, 6-8 pm.  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 2018-2019".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are usually on Thurday'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.
  • Helpful Study Guides 1, 2, 3, 4 (use these in conjunction with the videos above to review material for tests and for the final at the end of the semester. Have fun!
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES: Many scholarship opportunities are provided through our school and other organizations and community sources. Many scholarships go unclaimed due to a lack of applicants. Sign up for our Astro Club website on FB for links. Also, go to the SBCC Foundation scholarship page to apply for hundreds all at once with a single submission. Submit by the end of the month (final deadline is Mar 4).
Mon 2/11
Wed 2/13
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Mon/Wed 9:35-10:55 am)
  • Students enrolled in this class, but who do not attend, will be dropped (see section in Syllabus on this). You will be dropped if you miss 2 classes in a row, or 3 classe total.
  • LECTURE CARDS:  Lecture "kit cards" are past due.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then Ch 6 on the Earth and the Moon.
  • FIRST TEST:  Test results are now available. You will need to use your magic number (give out in class). The test was curved to help you. You can miss two problems and still get 100%. Scores shown on the grade sheet have already been curved. The highest cumulative percentage currently between my two astro classes is 104%. Remember, if you didn't do as well as you would have liked on the first test, it's still early in the semester and you can fully recover and do well in the class.
  • 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 next week.  Be sure to scroll to the end since there are multiple pages (and your cumulative percentage is near the end). 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 instead of posting you can get the grades from me during office hours.  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 at that time.
  • COLUMN HEADINGS ON GRADE SHEET: Listed first are your Kit Card, Required Tutor Visit, and Syllabus Quiz.  Then the dates refer to your participation grade for that date in class.  The test grade comes next, then two extra credit columns, and then a cumulative percentage showing the points you have divided by the points possible (and with a percentage).  For the Star Party, remember you only get half credit if signed in but didn't submit the answers to the questions on Canvas (and yes, you can go do that now to make up for missed points).  The Fashn column is for in class extra credit like if you help me do a demo or if you show me your impressive high fashion astro clothing, or jewelry, or tattoos (just for fun).
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 is scheduled for Wed 2/20, 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:  Here is the Tutor Schedule Tutors also have a few sample problems that are similar to questions on the test. You can get extra credit for visiting tutors (up to 10 visits).
  • 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. See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to watch these short videos and take these short quizzes.
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks 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). See the instructions posted previosly on how to access Canvas (scroll up to last week's announcemnets) to see how to access the external website and take these activities. Reminders will not appear on Canvas. Be sure to ALWAYS access SmartWorks by first going to Canvas and clicking ont he link, and select "Purchase Options", not "Free Trial". Then select the FREE purchase options.
  • 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). Please note that after the first few weeks, all the due dates are set for much later in the semester. It is YOUR responsability to pace yourselves and do the work as we go along. Otherwise, you will have too many assignments to do all at once at the last minute (and it won't help you on tests since it will be after the fact). Due date extensions can not be given.
  • 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:  This 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 MEETING / PIZZA PARTY:  We had a great Astro Club meeting (lots of new faces). Feel free to join our group any time during the semester.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2018-2019".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB "OFFICERS GROUP": For those who wish to get more involved, to help plan events, and to meet weekly. Meetings are ... (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.
  • Helpful Study Guides 1, 2, 3, 4 (use these in conjunction with the videos above to review material for tests and for the final at the end of the semester. Have fun!
  • SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNTIES: Many scholarship opportunities are provided through our school and other organizations and community sources. Many scholarships go unclaimed due to a lack of applicants. Sign up for our Astro Club website on FB for links. Also, go to the SBCC Foundation scholarship page to apply for hundreds all at once with a single submission. Submit by the end of the month (final deadline is Mar 4).