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Section 093

Instructor: Harpell

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Animation of the moon phases

Instructor: Harpell

***Last revised:12/07/2005 at 7:30 p.m.***

Listed below are the dates and assignments for Astronomy 10 Section 093. Please check this schedule frequently, and stay current or ahead of schedule. Reading, Internet, and CD-ROM assignments are listed for each week. All quizzes will be taken in class on dates listed below.

  • Week 1:     Aug 22
  • Week 2:     Aug 29
  • Week 3:     Sep 5 no class Monday--Last day to ADD/DROP (NGR) via CLASS-Web
  • Week 4:     Sep 12 (quiz 1 Wed)
  • Week 5:     Sep 19
  • Week 6:     Sep 26
  • Week 7:     Oct 3 (quiz 2 wed)
  • Week 8:     Oct 10
  • Week 9:     Oct 17
  • Week 10:   Oct 24 (quiz 3 Wed)
  • Week 11:   Oct 31
  • Week 12:   Nov 7 (Nov 11 is the Last Day to Withdraw from Classes with 'W')
  • Week 13:   Nov 14
  • Week 14:   Nov 21 (Quiz 4 Monday--note change!)
  • Week 15:   Nov 28
  • Week 16:   Dec 5
  • Week 17:   Dec 12 (Quiz 5 Monday--note change!)
  • Week 18:   Dec 19 (Final Tuesday Dec 21)
  • Exams

  • Final: Monday Dec 19 5:30 -7:30--here is the final exam review (check back later for revised version)

  • Schedule of quizzes: Quizzes listed below will be taken in class. Generally, they will occupy the second half of the class period.

    • Quiz 1: Sept 14-click here for Review Sheet
    • Quiz 2: Oct 5-click here for Reivew Sheet (see weeks 5 and 6 for power points lectures)
    • Quiz 3: Oct 26-click here for Reivew Sheet (see weeks 8 and 9 for power points lectures)
    • Quiz 4: Nov 21--click here for Review Sheet (See weeks 9 - 12 for power point lectures )
    • Quiz 5: Dec 12 (note change) --click here for Review Sheet

    Schedule of tutorials in the Astronomy Place

    You are graded for taking the tutorials, however. You will find them listed separately, and also in the chapter pull down menus. It is best, of course, to complete the tutorials after you finish reading each chapter, and then accessing the pull down menu for that chapter. However, for full credit. you are required to finish the six tutorials listed below prior to taking quiz three, and five more prior to taking the final exam. Note: you do not have to do all the tutorials in the astronomy place! The required tutorials are listed below. Note that for each tutorial, there are multiple lessons (i.e. lesson 1, lesson 2, ,etc) and exercises to complete at the end. After you have worked through the tutorial, a "submit for grading" link a the end will automatically enter your work. For full credit, you must get 50% or better on the exercises. If not, feel free to take them again.

    Tutorials completed prior to quiz 3 (Oct 26)
    • Scale of the Universe
    • Seasons
    • Eclipses
    • Phases of the Moon
    • Orbits and Kepler's Laws
    • Energy
    Tutorials completed prior to the final exam (12/19)
    • Motion and Gravity
    • Formation of the Solar System
    • Detecting Extra Solar Planets
    • Shaping Planetary Surfaces
    • Surface Temperatures of Terrestrial Planets

    Practice Quizzes: In addition to the quizzes listed below, there are Practice quizzes for each chapter of the textbook, to be found in the Astronomy Place . Quizzes for chapters 1-7 should be submitted prior to quiz 3. Quizzes for chapters 8-16 should be submitted prior to the final Please do then as they chapters are assigned for maximum benefit! Note that these quizzes are not graded!!! they will help you with the in-class quizzes, and will count slightly towards participation if you are missing class. Otherwise, check them out and see whether they are a helpful tool!

    When you link to the astronomy place, select your course by clicking on our textbook, and then "join the class" by entering our class id: cm222290

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    Week 1


    Quizzes and Tests: none

    Topics: Class procedures. What is astronomy? Astronomy vs Astrology? A Quick Tour of the neighborhood. A bit of evolutionary astroanthropology (a new major?)


    In class survey--you can administer this to friends and family for fun (and participation credit)

    Reading Assignment (from Bennett's The Solar System, the Cosmic perspective 3rd edition): first buy the book! Then start reading chapter 1

    World Wide Web (WWW): The Astronomy Place Check it out! Log in, join our class, and start working on the tutorials for chapter 1

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    Week 2

    Quizzes and Tests: see quiz schedule above!

    Tutorial and Practice Quizzes: Work on the practice Quiz and tutorials for Chapters 1 in The Astronomy Place

    Topics: The Scale of the Cosmos, Basic ideas in astronomy

    Reading Assignment: Chapter 1

    Web Assignments: Listed below are lessons created by your instructor and websites that are "fair game" for quizzes and exams. You do not need to turn anything in--just read them over and do your best to understand the information and activities here before you take the quiz. You will not be tested directly from material in these sites, but in some cases they are a better source of relevant information than in your text! Often, these

    Building a Scale Model of the Cosmos

    Powers of Ten

    PlanetTales Assignment: A sense of Scale

    optional web Listed below are sites of interest. You may find them interesting and/or helpful when you do your research assignments. Often the optional web sites are used by your instructor in lecture.


    Building a scale model of the cosmos

    The International Space Station

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    Week 3

    Topics: Motion of the Earth, Moon; Planets and Stars; Sidereal Vs Solar Time;

    Reading Assignment : Chapter 2 (don't forget to work on the tutorials and practice quizzes from The Astronomy Place).

    Web Reading Assignments:

    Celestial Astronomy (class lecture) part I

    Lesson I

    The Sky and Telescope Interactive Sky Chart

    Optional but recommended sites:

    Earth and Mar's Orbits

    Lunar Rising and Setting Times (SJSU)

    From Stargazers to Starships-Read Astronomy of the Earth's motion in space only!

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    Week 4

    Topics: Gravitation, History of Astronomy , quiz 2 (see blackboard Quizzes and Exams)

    PlanetTales : The Night Sky (view this section of the CD up through "a sense of Scale")

    Reading Assignment Chapter 3

    Web Reading Assignments:

    Celestial Astronomy (class lecture) Part II

    Astro-history (these are in-class lecture notes--the will make more sense after you have read the appropriate sections in the text)

    The Sky and Telescope Interactive Sky Chart--looking for something in the Night Sky?

    Optional but recommended sites:

    Ptolemaic Solar System

    Tycho Brahe

    The Inquisition

    Isaac Newton

    Newton's Mountain

    Properties of Ellipses

    Orbits of the Galilean Moons

    Kepler's laws (SJSU)

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    Week 5:

    Topics:Celestial Timekeeping and Navigation, Matter and Energy

    Class presentation on Energy

    Reading Assignment: chapter 3 Section S1I, Chapter 4 (don't worry, you won't be quizzed on the technical details of S1, and chapter 4) but you will need to learn the concepts).

    Optional Web Reading Assignments: Web Elements

    Make sure to do the tutorials and practice quizzes in the Astronomy Place!

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    Week 6:

    Topics: Newton's Laws and Gravitation

    Class presentation on Force and Motion

    Reading Assignment: Chapter 5 (note--you will not be responsible for knowing how to do most of the calculations demonstrated in chapter 5---you will need a good understanding of the concepts involved).

    Optional Web sites:

    Isaac Newton

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    Week 7

    Topics: Solar system overview

    Class lecture:Solar System Overview

    Reading: chapter 8 (yes we are skipping chapters 6 and 7 for now!)

    Interestiung Web sites:


    PlanetTales Assignment: A Sense of Scale (if you haven't viewed it earlier).

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    Week 8

    Topics: Formation of the Solar System, Other Solar Systems

    Reading: Chapter 9


    World Wide Web:

    Solar System Overview (From the Nine Planets)

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    Week 9

    Topics:Other Solar Systems

    Lecture: Extrasolarplanets (download power point)

    Extrasolarplanets (html)

    Other Solar systems

    Extra solar Visions (Although this is, without doubt, one of the most interesting sites on the web, you aren't responsible for reading the entire site, but you might need to look through it to answer questions for quizzes).

    Optional (but recommended) sites:



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    Week 10

    The Earth and its Terrestrial Neighbors: Planetary Geology

    Lectures: Planetary Surfaces (power point file)

    Reading Assignment: chapter 10 continued

    PlanetTales : The Earth (you will study the Earth over the next few weeks, so take your time on this section of PlanetTales)

    Web Assignments


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    Week 11

    Topics: Comparative Geology--continued

    Reading Assignment: chapter 10 continued

    PlanetTales Assignment: The Moon, Mercury

    Web Assignments:


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    Week 12

    Topics: Planetary Atmospheres

    Reading Assignment: Chapter 11

    Web Assignments:

    Venus (from the Nine Planets)

    PlanetTales Assignment: Venus


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    Week 13:

    Topics: The Earth: Seen in a new light

    Reading Assignment : Chapter 14--we'll get back to Chapters 12 - 14 next.

    World Wide Web:

    Optional Web sites

    PlanetTales Assignment: Mars, Earth (if you haven't finished it earlier)


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    Week 14

    Topics:Jovian Planets

    Reading Assignment : Chapter 12

    World Wide Web:

    Jupiter (from The Nine Planets)

    Saturn (from The Nine Planets)

    PlanetTales Assignment: Jupiter, Saturn

    Optional (but recommended) sites:

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    Week 15

    Topics: Jovian Planetary systems--continued

    Reading Assignment :Chapter 12-continued

    World Wide Web:



    Week 16:

    Topics: Comets, Asteroids,, The Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Quoar,Sedna, and Xena also: Life in the Universe

    Reading: Chapter 13, 16

    World Wide Web:

    Recent evidence of Life on Mars

    PlanetTales Assignment: Pluto and the Outer Solar System,The Search for Life

    World Wide Web:



    Week 17

    Review for Final exam--Tuesday Dec 21!

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    Did you know ...that the time interval from one full moon to the next is not the same as the time it takes the moon to orbit about the Earth? The difference (about two days) is due to the Earth's motion about the sun (animation courtesy of WhatSpins).