Astronomy 4

Spring, 2019

DeAnza College

Mr. Harrington's Sections



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Syllabus: course introduction and schedule for:

Section 03, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm

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.)

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

Terrestrial and Jovian:
the two types of major planet
in our 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)

Exam 1 from the Winter Quarter
(Answers are not provided for prior quarters' exams.)

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

(Please read this before our meeting of
May 1st or May 2nd, depending on
what section you're in.)

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)

The video "Secrets of the Sun"
is not available free for streaming
due to copyright issues, so it
cannot be linked on this page.

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

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

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.)

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

During the week of June 3rd, 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.)

 


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 June 17th.)

Reading Overview for Final Exam

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