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

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1/15 Tu
1/22 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 up until class the second 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 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 Tuesday 2/5. 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.
Tue 1/29
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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 (or next Tu at the latest).  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 Tue 2/5. 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).
Tue 2/5
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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. 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 this Tue 2/5. 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).
Tue 2/12
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.  Assignment scores are always given as percentages (so 100 means that you got full credit). 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 Tue 2/19, 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).
2/19 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 4 (only Section 4.1 on properties of light), then 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.
  • 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.  Assignment scores are always given as percentages (so 100 means that you got full credit). 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 Tue 2/19, 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).
  • REQUIRED TUTOR VISIT: For those that did not see the tutor earlier this semester for the required tutor visit, you can still do so for half credit until Wednesday noon of next week.
  • 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:  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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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).
2/26 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 2:  Test 2 results will be posted later this week.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for Tue 3/5, 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 may be given the very next week, and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8. 
  • 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).
  • REQUIRED TUTOR VISIT: For those that did not see the tutor earlier this semester for the required tutor visit, you can still do so for half credit until Wednesday noon of next week.
  • EC FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun 3/3):  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).
  • CRASH COURSE:  Watch the Crash Course videos posted on Canvas and take the associated quizzes. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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:  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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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).
3/5 Tu
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • TEST 2 RESULTS:  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 three problems and still get 100%. Scores shown on the grade sheet have already been curved. Some students scored over 100%. The highest cumulative percentage currently between my two astro classes is 101%, with three additional students at 97%. Remember, if you didn't do as well as you would have liked on the first two tests, 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.  I have not yet updated the tutor visit scores to show the half credit for visiting since the 1st test. That will be included in the next grade sheet. The next columns are the dates for your participation grade for those dates in class.  The test grades comes next, then extra credit columns, and then a cumulative percentage showing the points you have divided by the points possible (and with a percentage).  The Fashn column is for you to show me your impressive high fashion astro clothing, or jewelry, or tattoos (just for fun).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 3:  Test 3 is scheduled for Tue 3/5, 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 may be given the very next week, and will cover Ch 6, 7, and Ch 8. 
  • ASTRO CLUB SPONSORED EXTRA CREDIT GUEST LECTURE: 
    Free, PS-101, Th 3/14, 4-5 pm, 10 points EC (= to full letter grade on test).
    Dr. Phil Lubin from UCSB's Experimental Cosmology Lab will talk about his most recent projects (featured last year on the cover of Scientific American) that would build swarms of tiny spacecraft the size of your fingernail, then propel them to relativistic speeds 20% the speed of light using massive lasers so that they can travel to nearby stars within 20 years.  This same laser array can also be used to vaporize and deflect asteroids on collision course with the Earth.
  • 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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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:  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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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).
3/12 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • TEST 3 RESULTS:  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 three problems and still get 100%. Scores shown on the grade sheet have already been curved. Five students scored over 100% (two at 104%). The highest cumulative percentage currently is 102%.
  • 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.  The next columns are the dates for your participation grade for those dates in class.  The test grades comes next, then extra credit columns, and then a cumulative percentage showing the points you have divided by the points possible (and with a percentage).  The Fashn column is for you to show me your impressive high fashion astro clothing, or jewelry, or tattoos (just for fun).
  • 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.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 8 on Jovian planets, then back to Ch 5 on the formation of the solar system, asteroids, and comets.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 has been postponed until next week Tue 3/19, 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. 
  • ASTRO CLUB SPONSORED EXTRA CREDIT GUEST LECTURE: 
    Free, PS-101, Th 3/14, 4-5 pm, 10 points EC (= to full letter grade on test).
    Dr. Phil Lubin from UCSB's Experimental Cosmology Lab will talk about his most recent projects (featured last year on the cover of Scientific American) that would build swarms of tiny spacecraft the size of your fingernail, then propel them to relativistic speeds 20% the speed of light using massive lasers so that they can travel to nearby stars within 20 years.  This same laser array can also be used to vaporize and deflect asteroids on collision course with the Earth.
  • 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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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:  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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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!
3/19 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 4:  Test 4 will be given this week on Tue 3/19, 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. 
  • ASTRO CLUB SPONSORED EXTRA CREDIT GUEST LECTURE: 
    You should have signed in at the talk, but to receive full credit, you must write a short summary of the talk (no longer than a page long) and post in Canvas. Click on Assignments and scroll way down. Please complete by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight).
  • 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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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).
  • JPL FIELD TRIP: There may be a few spots available for the JPL trip on Fri 4/19. Dr Tom Farr will give us a behind the scenes tour, 8 am - 5 pm. Cost is $30. No guarantees on space, but if spots are available, I might be able to add some of you. Please message or email me direct if you are interested, and give me your full legal name, citizenship, and email. Cost will be $30 (except for those in Tom's class).
  • 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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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!
  • VERNAL EQUINOX: Happy Vernal Equinox Wed 3/20!  At exactly 2:58 pm today, the earth will be exactly half way between winter and summer solstices, and the Earth will have exactly the same amount of sun shining on the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and the length of the day will be the same as the length of the night in both the northern and southern hemispheres (with a minor correction for refraction).  We leave winter behind, and spring begins!
  • SUPER WORM EQUINOX MOON: Happy Super Worm Equinox Moon also on Wed 3/20!  This is the third and final Supermoon of 2019 (where the moon is closest to the Earth and appears a bit bigger and brighter (not by much though).  It's being called the Super Worm Equinox moon, since it's on the same day as the Equinox.  It's called a Worm moon for being the third moon of the year at a time when the ground softens and worms get it ready for planting crops.  The moon will be "fullest" at exactly 6:43 pm today our time (Pacific time). 
4/2 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish 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.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 4 RESULTS:  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 three problems and still get 100%. Scores shown on the grade sheet have already been curved. Two students scored 100%. The highest cumulative percentage score is currently 104%..
  • 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.
  • TEST 5 & 6: Test 5 will be given on Tue Apr 9, and Test 6 will be given on Tue Apr 23.  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:  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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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).
  • JPL FIELD TRIP: If you emailed me to be put on the JPL field trip waitlist, you should have heard back by now. If not, email me direct. Please bring $30 to me this week to secure your spot.
  • 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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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!
4/9 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Finish 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.
  • We will be covering important material. Go to the Fred Marschak link (shown here and also down below) and be sure to review 5B, 9A, and 9B. In class, I will move quickly through this material, but you can go back and watch these videos to take more time as needed.
  • SUMMARY SHEET: This is a helpful summary sheet for planets in our solar system.
  • TEST 5 & 6: Test 5 will be given on Tue Apr 9, and Test 6 will be given on Tue Apr 23.  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:  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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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).
  • JPL FIELD TRIP: If you signed up for the JPL trip for Fri Apr 19, you should check this list to be sure your name was submited properly. You should have received an emial from JPL by now, and you MUST respond to be able to go. Please bring $30 to me this week to secure your spot. If your name is not on the list, or if you did not receive an email from JPL and respond to it, you will not be allowed to go. Contact me right away if there are problems.
  • LAST STAR PARTY: Your last opportunity to attend a Star Party for extra credit will be this Sat Apr 13, for about half an hour, anytime from dark to 10 pm (weather permitting). Click the Extra Credit link for instuctions. You must post a short write up (and answer some questions) to receive credit.
  • LAST JPL WEBCAST: The talk will be on coulds and climate. Live streaming will be on Th Apr 18 starting at 7 pm. Click the Extra Credit link for instuctions. You must post responses within 30 min of the end of the talk.
  • ASTRO CLUB MOVIE NIGHT: The Astro Club is hosting a movie night this Fri Apr 12. Such events are always posted on the club Facebook page (see below on how to sign up). This Fri starting at 6 pm. The movie is Intersteller. Bring your friends. Everyone's invited!
  • 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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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!
4/16 Tue
  • ERTH-101 ASTRONOMY LECTURE (Tuesday Night 6:00 - 9:05 pm)
  • 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.
  • ASSIGNED READING: Read Ch 11-13 on stars and stellar evolution, then for our last few weeks 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.
  • We will be covering important material. Go to the Fred Marschak link (shown here and also down below) and be sure to review 5B, 9A, and 9B. In class, I will move quickly through this material, but you can go back and watch these videos to take more time as needed.
  • TEST 5 RESULTS:  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 three problems and still get 100%. Scores shown on the grade sheet have already been curved. Four students scored 100% or higher, with the highest score being 104%.
  • 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.
  • TEST 6: Test 6 will be given on Tue Apr 23.  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:  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. 
  • SMART WORKS:  Take the interactive problem solving SmartWorks quizzes posted on Canvas.  You do NOT need an access code (this semester only).
  • 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).
  • JPL FIELD TRIP: If you signed up for the JPL trip for Fri Apr 19, you should check this list to be sure your name was submited properly. You should have received an emial from JPL by now, and you MUST respond to be able to go. Please bring $30 to me this week to secure your spot. If your name is not on the list, or if you did not receive an email from JPL and respond to it, you will not be allowed to go. Contact me right away if there are problems.
  • LAST STAR PARTY: The last star party was last Saturday 4/13. Be sure to post your write-up. Click the Extra Credit link for instuctions. You must post a short write up (and answer some questions) to receive credit.
  • LAST JPL WEBCAST: The talk will be on coulds and climate. Live streaming will be on Th Apr 18 starting at 7 pm. Click the Extra Credit link for instuctions. You must post responses within 30 min of the end of the talk.
  • ASTRO CLUB MOVIE NIGHT: Hope you all enjoyed the movie last Friday. The Astro Club hosts movie nights each semester. Such events are always posted on the club Facebook page (see below on how to sign up). Bring your friends. Everyone's invited!
  • 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 on Tuesday's at 12:30 pm. 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!