Astronomy 4

Summer, 2017

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Section


SUMMER 2017 STUDENTS:
Welcome to Solar System Astronomy!
Our course syllabus is can be seen by clicking here.

Check this menu page frequently.
New links appear at the bottom of the list.


For Exam 1:

Notes on
Our Cosmic Address
(Please read before our meeting of July 6th.)

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

Short notes on
Regularities in the Solar System

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)

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.

Want to watch "Harmony of the Worlds" again?
It's available here.

Exam 1 from the Spring Quarter
(Answers are not provided for prior quarters' exams.)

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

(Please read this before the meeting of Monday, July 17th.)

Suggested short video about seasons (about 3 minutes):
If you are having difficulty understanding how Earth's axis
tilt causes the seasons, please take a look at
this video from the California Academy of Sciences.

Suggested short video about retrograde motion (about 5 minutes):
If you are having difficulty grasping retrograde motion,
please take a look at
this video from the University of Nebraska.
(You don't need to concern yourself with the material at the end about "synodic periods".)

Video pre-questions and sample answers for
The Birth of Astronomy
and a link to The Birth of Astronomy
NOTE: After Exam 1, it will no longer be standard practice to
post video pre-questions on this website.


For Exam 2:

Reading Overview for Exam 2

Link to video
Secrets of the Sun
.
(You must pay to see the video itself,
but please note that under the frame for the video there
is a drop-down toggle for its transcript, in which
you can read all of the program's narration for free.)

Dr. Seeds's video on Chapter 3:
Celestial Cycles.
(Pre-questions were given in class.)

Exam 2 from Spring 2017
(Note: answers are not provided for
prior quarter's exams.)

Moon phases diagram
from Ninian Boyle in England.
(There are good mouse-over annotations that
summarize when the moon is visible
in its various phases.)