Astronomy 4

Spring, 2017

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections



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Please note this schedule change due to my absence on April 24th:
Exam 1 re-scheduled to Monday, May 8.


Syllabus: course introduction and schedule for:

Section 02, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Section 03, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm


For Exam 1:

Notes on
Our Cosmic Address
(Please read before our meeting of April 17th.)

The Planets' Sizes and Distances from the Sun
Please take a look at this table of basic planetary characteristics.
Can you see anything interesting in either column? Anything that looks
like a pattern or otherwise not quite random?
(This is NOT a homework assignment -- just something for you to think about
before our next meeting.)

Video pre-questions and sample answers for
The Study of the Universe
NOTE: It will not be the usual practice to post video pre-questions.
This is an exception, since you are just getting used to the process.

Click here to view The Study of the Universe again.

Reading overview for Exam 1
(textbook key terms and suggested review questions)

Video pre-questions and sample answers for
Observing the Sky
NOTE: It will not be the usual practice to post video pre-questions.
This is an exception, since you are just getting used to the process.

Want to re-view Observing the Sky?
It's available here.

Short notes on
Terrestrial and Jovian Planet Types

Please read before Monday, May 1:
Short notes on
Regularities in the Solar System
(This will be the topic of that day's planetarium demonstration.)

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)
Please take this test before our meeting
of Monday, May 1,
but you don't have to turn anything in.

Notes on
Four Kinds of Motion that Cause
Changes in the Sky

(This will be the topic of our planetarium demonstration
on Wednesday, May 3rd.)

Video pre-questions and sample answers for
Harmony of the Worlds
segment about Johannes Kepler.
NOTE: After Exam 1, it will not be the usual practice to post video pre-questions.

Harmony of the Worlds can be
viewed online here.
(It does not have captioning, but a
transcript is available here.)