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

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1/22 Mon
1/24 Wed

1/29 Mon
1/31 Wed

  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Welcome to class!  If you wish to add, sign the add list and see me after class.
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • For the purposes of this class, I have made special arrangements for there to be an eclipse early this morning.  I have gone to the trouble of arranging the Earth, the moon, and the sun to align just for today's lecture so that you experience a "full", "super", "blue", and "blood" moon.  Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou...  (applause)... Times shown for early this morning.
    http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-total-lunar-eclipse-20180130-htmlstory.html
         2:51 am - Penumbra
         3:48 am - Umbra
         4:51 to 6:07 am - Totality (blood moon)
  • CLASS SYLLABUS:  Go over syllabus and class expectations.  List of cool books to be referenced during course (but you do not need to buy any of these).  Excerpts will be assigned and provided to you on-line.
  • HANDOUTS:  Handy handout on the Scientific Method. List of Historical Characters.
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bootom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 1 in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time".  Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  We will then go back to Ch 2 after that.
  • QUIZ:  Quiz on Ch 1 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • READING OUTLINE / OVERVIEW:  Chapter 1 "tidbits" to think about:
    The big questions, the mind of "God", tortoises "all the way down", flat Earth vs round Earth, geocentric vs heliocentric, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicas, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, static universe, gravitational collapse of universe, 1st cause, biblical beginnings 5000 yrs BC (Genesis), time before the existence of the universe, Olber's Paradox, Hubble expansion of universe, theories (proof vs disproof), theory "survival of the fittest", General Theory of Relativity (up to 10^24 mi) and Quantum Mechanics (down to 10^12 inch), need for a Quantum Theory of Gravity (your homework for tonight is to come up with this theory), determinism should determine if deterministic theory can be found (or not) or if it's right or wrong, Grand Unification Theory, how does this benefit us (or does science knowledge "doom us all".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB PIZZA PARTY:  There will be an Astronomy Club Pizza Party on Friday Feb 2, 6 pm in EBS-102.  Only one "official" club meeting per semester.  Come join us to plan out the semester's activities, to get to know your fellow club-mates, and to share your interest in astronomy!  Food, prizes, signups for field trips!  Don't miss out!  Bring your friends.  Free food, drink, prizes, and fun!
  • 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 for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • SPECIAL 1 UNIT SERIES OF 6 LECTURES:
    (Focus on NASA Missions and  Planetary Geology)
    This is a very special course, not offered every semester.  Please consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity.  Details give below.
  • ERTH 105A - Planetary Geology of Recent NASA Missions (1 Unit)
    Only meets Fridays every other week from 10-12 (meets only 6 times for the semester). Taught by JPL Planetary Geologist Dr. Tom Farr!  It's introductory in nature, does not have a lot of homework, and is super interesting!  Don't miss it!  Click here for more info:
  • SPECIAL TALK:  This counts as an outside activity.  Fri Feb 9, 1-3 pm, PS-101.  Jon Arenberg, Chief Engineer of Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach speaks about the design, construction, testing, and mission of the new James Webb Space Telescope.
  • FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    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).
  • 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. 
  • FRESH START and NEW SEMESTER:
    We look forward to the opportunity to start fresh after a difficult time last semester with the fires and the terrible floods of the new year.  I wish you all the best.
2/5 Mon
2/7 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bootom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 1 in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time".  Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  We will then go back to Ch 2 after that.
  • QUIZ:  Quiz on Ch 1 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • READING OUTLINE / OVERVIEW:  Chapter 1 "tidbits" to think about:
    The big questions, the mind of "God", tortoises "all the way down", flat Earth vs round Earth, geocentric vs heliocentric, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Copernicas, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, static universe, gravitational collapse of universe, 1st cause, biblical beginnings 5000 yrs BC (Genesis), time before the existence of the universe, Olber's Paradox, Hubble expansion of universe, theories (proof vs disproof), theory "survival of the fittest", General Theory of Relativity (up to 10^24 mi) and Quantum Mechanics (down to 10^12 inch), need for a Quantum Theory of Gravity (your homework for tonight is to come up with this theory), determinism should determine if deterministic theory can be found (or not) or if it's right or wrong, Grand Unification Theory, how does this benefit us (or does science knowledge "doom us all".
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB PIZZA PARTY:  We had a great Astronomy Pizza party meeting.  Many fun events are planned.  Participation in the club is free.
  • 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 for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • SPECIAL TALK:  This counts as an outside activity.  Fri Feb 9, 1-3 pm, PS-101.  Jon Arenberg, Chief Engineer of Space Science Missions at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach speaks about the design, construction, testing, and mission of the new James Webb Space Telescope.
  • FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    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).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. You can only sign up after attending one of these meetings.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • 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.
2/12 Mon
2/14 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • HOLIDAY:  Take the day off next Monday.... on me....  in fact, just skip out on all your classes...  Just tell your teachers I said so... gave you permission...
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bootom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish Ch 1 in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time".  Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  This week we will go back to Ch 2 and talk about relativity and higher dimensions.
  • QUIZ:  Quiz on Ch 3 to be given in class this week.  Will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • SPECIAL TALK:  If you went to the talk last Friday 2/9, be sure to go to Canvas and write a brief summary along with your thoughts and impressions.  Look under the Assignments tab.  To get full credit, you need to do both attend and sign in at the talk, and also post your thoughts and impressions.
  • FIELD TRIP to Griffith Observatory (Sun March 4):  10 am - 8 pm (please note date change)
    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).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • 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.
  • Star Party this Saturday at the SB Museum of Natural History observatory (from dark to 10 pm or so).  To get credit, just need to attend for half an hour or so anytime in the evening, weather dependent (and it's expected to rain this Saturday so in that case the event will be canceled).  But in case it's clear, ask to sign the SBCC sign-in sheets.  These star parties are hosted by the museum and are open to the public.  Please be courteous and respectful at all times.  Star parties are scheduled the second Saturday of every month. For more info and directions click here.  For credit, don't forget to sign in and also post your responses to the questions (go to link shown above).
3/12 Mon
3/14 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bootom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish Ch 1 in Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time".  Then skip Ch 2, and go to Ch 3 on Cosmology.  From there read Ch 8 (optional at this point).  This week we will go back to Ch 2 and talk about relativity and higher dimensions.
  • QUIZ:  We try to do at least one quiz a week, and will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • SPECIAL TALK:  If you went to the luncheon talk by Wayne Rosing and Iair Arcavi from LCO, be sure to go to Canvas and write a brief summary along with your thoughts and impressions.  Look under the Assignments tab.  To get full credit, you need to post your thoughts and impressions.
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  To meet the co-requisite (and be cleared to sign up) you must meet with me in EBS-114 one of these two dates, either Monday 2/12 from 11:15am-12:15pm, or Tuesday 2/13 from 4:30-5:30pm. If you were unable to attend one of these meetings, see me or send me an email and we will make alternate arrangements.  Click this link to see pictures and video of past trips.
  • 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.
  • Star Party LAST Saturday was canceled due to rain.  Next one will be Apr 14.  Go to this link for star party info.
3/19 Mon
3/21 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bottom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Finish Ch 4 on the Uncertainty Principle and Quantum Mechanics.  Ch 5 is optional, then on to Ch 6-7 on Black Holes. Don't read the supplemental readings until after you have read Ch 6.
  • QUIZ:  We try to do at least one quiz a week, and will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • MIDTERM:  Tentatively scheduled for Wed April 4.  There will be only one midterm for the class (this is it).  Short answer to questions, similar to how we do quizzes (but not graded as easily).  We will do a group grading (like for the quizzes), unless you ask me otherwise, in which we will go over your test together in my office.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • JPL TRIP:  
    There are a few spots for the JPL trip available and we get first dibs on these spots.  Anyone interested in going must bring $40 cash or check on Monday 3/20 to sign up (make checks out to SBCC Astronomy Club).  Sign up with me after class (not with the cashier).  I can't hold seats for anyone without payment.  I will need to send in the names and if students can't come, we are not allowed to replace you with someone else (since the names are cleared with security in advance). (1) For US Citizens, you must have a driver's license or government issued ID on the day of the trip (don't forget to bring it). (2) For Legal Permanent Residents, you will need to email me a copy of your green card (must email lit to me on Monday sometime). (3) For Foreign Nationals, we will need a copy of both your passport and your visa (must email it to me on Monday sometime).
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Sign up for our 5-day 2-unit field course in geology at Death Valley from April 11-15 (leave Wed and get back Sunday).  Click this link to see pictures and video of past tripsIf going on the trip, but not yet registered, be sure to email me or see me after class so I save you a spot (otherwise your spot will be given away later this week to someone else).
  • 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.
4/2 Mon
4/4 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bottom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 6-7 on Black Holes. Don't read the supplemental readings until after you have read Ch 6.
  • QUIZ:  We try to do at least one quiz a week, and will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • MIDTERM:  Tentatively scheduled for Monday April 9 (maybe a take-home).  There will be only one midterm for the class (this is it).  Short answer to questions, similar to how we do quizzes (but not graded as easily).  We will do a group grading (like for the quizzes), unless you ask me otherwise, in which we will go over your test together in my office.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • JPL TRIP:  
    This Friday.  You should have received an email confirming your name on the list.  If you still owe money, please see me after class.  If you need to cancel, that's fine.  It's early enough for a full refund.
  • Death Valley Field Course:  For those that signed up, there is a required meeting this week.  Check your email and be sure to attend one of the required meetings on trip info, logistics, etc.
  • 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.
4/9 Mon
4/11 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit for a list of activities.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bottom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 6-7 on Black Holes. Don't read the supplemental readings until after you have read Ch 6.
  • QUIZ:  We try to do at least one quiz a week, and will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • MIDTERM:  Scheduled for Monday April 9.  There will be an "in-class" component (15 question scantron quiz - scantrons will be provided), and a take-home portion due the following Monday at 8 am (right at the start of class).  Tests will be considered late after that.  There will be only one midterm for the class (this is it).  Short answer questions, similar to how we do quizzes (but not graded as easily).  We will do a group grading (like for the quizzes), unless you ask me otherwise, in which we will go over your test together in my office.
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • JPL TRIP:  
    Great trip to JPL.  Be sure to post your thoughts and impressions on-line to receive full credit.
  • Death Valley Field Course:  For those that signed up, bring your stuff to school Tue morning and we leave Wed morning.  Check your email to be sure you are getting required trip inf.
  • 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.
4/16 Mon
4/18 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Take home tests due Monday today at 8 am.  Point penalty for late tests.
  • We will go over test on Wednesday.  No late tests accepted after 8 am Wed.
  • Scantron portion of midterm given in class on Monday.  To make up, go to EBS-114 from 10-11 am, or see info here to contact her to make other arrangements.
    http://www.fieldstudy.com/Classes/Earth101Lect/TestReview.htm
4/23 Mon
4/25 Wed
  • EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 - 9:35 am)
  • Please don't sit in back (unless rest of class is full).
  • TOPICS/BOOKS:  Review topics and books.
  • STUDENT EXTRA CREDIT PRESENTATIONS:  You may do a class presentation for extra credit on one of your Article Summaries.  Details will be discussed in class.  Your will need to show a few graphics and share information on the topic.  Your presentation must be less than 5 minutes.
  • ARTICLE SUMMARIES:  Article Summaries (1 required per month for a total of 3). 
  • STARRY NIGHT ACTIVITIES (planetarium simulation software).  1 required per month for a total of 3.
  • OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit for a list of activities.
  • VIDEOS.  1 required per month for a total of 3.  Click my regular class extra credit and scroll to the bottom for the list of videos.
  • HOMEWORK:  Done on Canvas after most every chapter.  You get two tries, so should be pretty easy.  You can see what you got wrong the first time, then study, and try again, and get the highest score.
  • ASSIGNED READING:  Read Ch 6-7 on Black Holes. Don't read the supplemental readings until after you have read Ch 6.
  • QUIZ:  We try to do at least one quiz a week, and will often give quizzes right when class starts.
  • REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL READINGS:
  • ASTRONOMY CLUB:  Join our school club (fun people, events, activities, discounts) - Search on Facebook for "SBCC Astronomy 2017-18"
  • FRED'S LECTURE SLIDE VIDEOS:  Former (emeritus) Professor Fred Marschak put together this series of videos of our class lecture slides to help students study for the ERTH-101 Lecture Class.  Some of the topics discussed in this course build on concepts and principles first introduced in the 101 course.  Although not required, these are available to help you go over background material or to explore concepts not fully discussed in this course.
  • Death Valley Field Course:  Please post a one page summary of the trip with your thoughts and impressions, and you will get outside activity credit.
  • Black Holes Full Dome presentation at the Planetarium on Monday night the last week of classes at 4-6 pm.  Can count as an outside activity (your very last chance).
  • 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.
     
  • ROCKET LAUNCH: 
     
    One last Outside Activity opportunity (just for fun). Go see this rocket launch in person from Lompoc (next to VAFB).  Extra credit ONLY if you go to the official launch viewing site at the Lompoc Airport (and I'll be there).  Be sure to say "hi" to me and also try and take a picture of the launch to show me.
     
    It's the first planetary spacecraft mission ever to be launched from VAFB.  People are asking me about it and the best way to view it.  Although you will be able to see if from Santa Barbara, if you want the full experience (ground shaking and all that), here is info on the official viewing sites in Lompoc.
     
    NASA InSight Launch May 5 (at 4:05 am in the morning):
     
    InSight is a robotic Mars lander designed to study the interior and subsurface of Mars.  Insight is scheduled to launch from VAFB at 4:05 am in the morning on Saturnday May 5, 2018).  Please note that's the morning after Friday night May 4 (and "May the Fourth be with you")!
     
     
    The following two links give information on two official launch viewing locations in Lompoc for the InSight launch.  This is the first planetary spacecraft mission ever to be launched from VAFB.  Don't miss out.  
     
     
    I will be there with my kids, so join in the fun!  If you have never experienced a launch, this is your big chance.  The ground shakes, the rocket looks brilliant as it launches, and due to the early morning time, the rocket may launch into the sunlight and give a spectacular show (even if it's still dark for us down below).  Rocket launch time is at 4:05 am and sunrise is at 6:08 am at VAFB on that day.
     
    It's about an hour's drive from Santa Barbara, and you should arrive about an hour early (or earlier) to get the most from this experience, so plan accordingly.  Drive safe.