Astronomy 4

Spring, 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 03, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00pm


For Exam 1:

Notes on
Our Cosmic Address
(Please read before our meeting of April 17th.)

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.

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

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

Practice Test
(including a link to answers)

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

Exam 1 from the Winter 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
(for example, stars and constellations of the Winter sky.)

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

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

Exam 2 from Winter 2017
(Note: answers are not provided for
prior quarter's exams.)

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.)

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.)

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 on Monday, May 22.)
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.

Current information about the Kepler mission:
The mission website
and
Current tally of exoplanets detected by Kepler.


For Exam 3:

Reading overview for Exam 3

Dr. Seeds's video segment on
the Terrestrial Planets

Exam 3 from the Winter Quarter

On June 7th, 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 June 12th, 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 final exam (linked below)
Two sets of video pre-questions (to be given in class during our meetings of the week of June 19th.)

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.