Astronomy 4

Fall, 2018

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections


 
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Syllabus (course introduction and schedule) for:

Section 01, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30pm

Section 02, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Section 03, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm

Section 04, 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)

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
Terrestrial and Jovian Planet Types

Short notes on
Regularities in the Solar System

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)

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

Exam 1 from the Spring Quarter
(Answers are not provided for prior quarters' exams.
Also note that question N asks about what can be seen in the Spring evening sky.
Any question you get like that would be about the Autumn sky things we talked
about in the planetarium demonstration on October 15 and 16.)

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.

Exam 1 Answer Key


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 Spring 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 Spring quarter
(answers are not given for prior quarter's exams.)

Exam 2 Answer Key

During Thanksgiving week, 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.)

On November 26 and 27, we saw 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 two chapters on the Jovian planets (linked below).
Two sets of video pre-questions (to be given in class during our meetings of the week of December 3rd.)

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.