Astronomy 4

Winter, 2017

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections

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Green Sheet (syllabus: course introduction and schedule) for:

Section 02, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Section 03, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm

Section 05, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm


For Exam 1:
(Monday Feb 13 for M&W sections
Tuesday Feb 14 for Tu&Th section)

Textbook Material

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

Notes Sets

Follow-up to the "Passport to the Universe" planetarium show:
Notes on
Our Cosmic Address

Short notes on
Regularities in the Solar System
and
Terrestrial and Jovian Planet Types

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

(Please read this before the second meeting of
the week of February 6th.)

Video Pre-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.

Want to re-view The Study of the Universe?
It's available here.

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.

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.)

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.

Prior Tests

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)
Please take this test before our first meeting
of the week of February 6th.

Exam 1 from a Prior Quarter
(Note: answers are not provided for
prior quarter's exams.)


For Exam 2:
(Wednesday, March 1 for M&W sections,
Tuesday, February 28 for Tu&Th section.)

Reading Overview for Exam 2

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

You will watch Dr. Seeds's video "Solar Systems"
on your own at your convenience, since we
could not watch it in class.
Here are the pre-questions
and
here is the video.

Exam 2 from a Prior Quarter
(Note: This exam includes material about the Sun
that will not be covered on our Exam 2.
Also, please remember that I don't
provide answers 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.)

Please take a look around the Kepler mission website and read
the mission description.


For Exam 3:
(Wednesday, March 15 for M&W sections,
Thursday, March 16 for Tu&Th section.)

Reading overview for Exam 3

Dr. Seeds's video segment on
the Terrestrial Planets

Exam 3 from the Fall Quarter

Tuesday and Thursday class ONLY:
A transcript of the narration for
Asteroids: Deadly Impact
can be read here.

(Because they have one less meeting in this part of the course,
 the Monday & Wednesday sections did not have this session.)

During the week of March 6th, 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.)

During the week of March 13th, we will see 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.


For Final Exam:

The Three Things to Study for Your Final Exam:
The three midterm exams (75% of the final's questions will come from them)
The textbook Reading Overview for the final exam (linked below)
Two sets of video pre-questions (to be given in class during our meetings of the week of March 20th.)

Reading Overview for Final Exam

(A prior quarter's final exam is not posted, because
it would not be helpful to you.)

The BBC program "Giants" is not available
online for free streaming legally. It is available
online at Amazon for $1.99

if you feel that you need to see it again.

Dr. Seeds's video segment on
the Jovian Planets
and
the pre-questions for the video.