- EARTH 106 (Black Holes MW 8:00 -
- 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.
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.
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
- HANDOUTS: Handy handout on the
Scientific Method. List of
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
- 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
SPECIAL 1 UNIT SERIES OF 6 LECTURES:
(Focus on NASA Missions and Planetary
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.