Astronomy 4

Fall, 2017

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections


 
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Syllabus (course introduction and schedule) for:

Section 02, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Section 01, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30pm

Section 04, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm


For Exam 1:

Notes on
Our Cosmic Address
(Please read before our first meeting in October.)

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.)

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.

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
Regularities in the Solar System
and
Terrestrial and Jovian Planet Types

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.

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)

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

Exam 1 from the Spring Quarter
NOTES: Answers are not provided for
prior quarters' exams.  Also, some of the
questions cover material that we have not
covered in this quarter's version of the course.
Those questions have strike through type.

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

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

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.)

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 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

before our first meeting of the week of November 6th.
(Optional: you might enjoy looking around the official
Kepler mission website.)

A very good discussion of the Kepler mission
results is on pages 749 - 751 of your textbook.
Please read it (even though it is not in one of
the chapters in the reading overview for Exam 2.)

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

Alien Planets Revealed about the Kepler
exoplanets mission can be viewed again on
the PBS website.

(Pre-questions given in class.)
NOTE: You will have to pay to view the video itself at this site.
However, the site also includes a transcript of the program that
you can read without charge.


For Exam 3:

Reading overview for Exam 3

Dr. Seeds's video segment on
the Terrestrial Planets

Exam 3 from the Spring Quarter
(Note: answers are not provided for
prior quarter's exams.)

During the week of November 20th, we saw National Geographic's
A Traveler's Guide to the Planets
Episode 4: Venus and Mercury
While you can't watch it online for free legally, it is available on
Amazon Instant Video
for $1.99 (provided that you have a compatible device.)