Astronomy 4

Winter, 2019

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections


 
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Syllabus (course introduction and schedule) for:

Section 02, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Section 04, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30pm

Section 05, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm


For Exam 1:

Notes on
Our Cosmic Address

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

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.)

Terrestrial and Jovian:
the two types of major planet
in our solar system.

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.

TUESDAY/THURSDAY SECTIONS:
Our meeting on Thursday, January 17th was cancelled.
In place of our in-class meeting, please do the following two things:
1) Read the notes on Terrestrial and Jovian planets (also linked above), and
2) View Dr. Seeds's video on some Chapter 2 concepts, "Observing the Sky".
The pre-questions for "Observing the Sky" are posted below.

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.

Click here to view Observing the Sky again.

Short notes on
Regularities in the Solar System

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

(Please read this before our first meeting of the week of February 4th.)

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)

Exam 1 from the Fall Quarter
(Answers are not provided for prior quarters' exams.
Also note that question P asks about what can be seen in the Fall evening sky.
Any question you get like that would be about the Winter sky things we saw
in the planetarium demonstration on January 30 or 31.)

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
(textbook key terms and suggested review questions)

Link to video
Secrets of the Sun.

(Pre-questions were given in class.)

Dr. Seeds's video on Chapter 4 material:
Celestial Cycles.
(Pre-questions were given in class.)

Exam 2 from Fall quarter
(answers are not given for prior quarter's exams.)

Dr. Seeds's video "Solar Systems"
can be seen here.
(Pre-questions were given in class.)

Moon phases diagram
from Ninian Boyle in England.
(There are good mouse-over annotations that
summarize some of what we talked about
in class concerning when the moon is visible
in its various phases.)

Please read this article about the
Kepler Space Telescope mission
.
(Optional: you might enjoy looking around the official
Kepler mission website.)