Astronomy 4

Spring, 2018

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections



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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

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

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.
There is no online source for this program that is legal for me to link here.
NOTE: After Exam 1, it will not be the usual practice to post video pre-questions.

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)

Exam 1 from the Winter Quarter
NOTE that the first question asks about things that can
be seen in the WINTER evening sky. If you are asked
a similar question, it would be about the SPRING evening
sky. That will be/was the topic of our planetarium
demonstration on Monday, April 30th.
(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 Wednesday, May 2nd.)

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
(textbook key terms and suggested review questions)

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

Link to video
Secrets of the Sun.

1:30 class members: the disk player failed on us
at about 40:00 into the program. If you watch from there
to the end, you will have seen the whole thing.
(Pre-questions were given in class.)

Exam 2 from Winter 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.)


For Exam 3:

Reading overview for Exam 3

Dr. Seeds's video segment on
the Terrestrial Planets

Exam 3 from Winter quarter
(answers are not given for prior quarter's exams.)

During the week of June 4th, 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.)

NOVA's Is There Life on Mars?
While it is not available without a paid subscription
on the PBS website, there is a transcript of the program
available on a drop-down link
on the web page this link takes you to.