course syllabus
science links
practice quizzes

Friday, November 15

discussed/viewed galaxy types and Hubble’s tuning-fork diagram;
viewed galaxy clusters;
discussed Hubble’s law and red shift;
finish the worksheet on the universe (due Monday);
quiz 25 on Monday

Thursday, November 14

discussed evidence of the expanding universe;
watched Cosmos:  The Edge of Forever (22:50-30:10) on the attributes that 4-D space would have;
begin the worksheet on the universe

Wednesday, November 13

looked at images of planetary nebulae;
finished watching Cosmos:  The lives of the Stars (33 minutes onward);
read:  pp.715-721 (the Universe)

Tuesday, November 12

reviewed the life of a sun-like star, a light-weight star, and a massive star;
continued watching Cosmos:  The lives of the Stars (19-33 minutes);
star life worksheet due tomorrow 

Monday, November 11

reviewed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
briefly sketched the life of a sun-like star, a light-weight star, and a massive star;
continued watching Cosmos:  The lives of the Stars (11-19 minutes);
Journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, November 8

discussed/contrasted apparent magnitude with absolute magnitude;
reviewed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
began watching Cosmos:  The lives of the Stars (0-11 minutes);
stellar worksheet due Monday;
Journal entry due Tuesday

Thursday, November 7

discussed quiz 24;
reviewed radiation from a light bulb on a dimmer;
discussed blackbody radiation curves;
discussed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
began a worksheet on stars (due Monday);
read:  pp. 707-715 (star life and death)

Wednesday, November 6

reviewed chapter 24 with the practice quiz;
quiz 24;
discussed/demonstrated radiation from a light bulb on a dimmer;
read:  pp. 700-706 (properties of stars)

Tuesday, November 5

reviewed solar anatomy;
further discussed nuclear fusion;
viewed a short video clip showing a solar features;
reviewed chapter 24 with Powerpoint summary;
quiz 24 tomorrow

Monday, November 4

discussed solar anatomy;
discussed nuclear fusion & E=mc^2;
visited SOHO to see current solar images;
viewed a short NASA clip showing a solar flare and related prominences;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, November 1

played around with lens imaging;
further discussed reflecting and refracting telescopes;
began discussing solar anatomy;
journal entry due on Tuesday

Thursday, October 31

discussed/demonstrated diffraction and interference of waves;
discussed/demonstrated mirror and lens imaging;
discussed reflecting and refracting telescopes;
read:  pp.684-690 (the Sun)

Wednesday, October 30

discussed/demonstrated the Doppler effect;
discussed/demonstrated reflection and refraction;
finish the worksheet on the nature of light (due tomorrow)

Tuesday, October 29

discussed the anatomy of an electromagnetic wave;
reviewed the electromagnetic spectrum and the visible spectrum;
looked at various spectra using spectroscopes;
began considering a worksheet on the nature of light (due Thursday)

Monday, October 28

discussed harmonizing day 1 and day 4 of creation week;
discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
discussed the wavelengths of the visible spectrum;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, October 25

reviewed chapter 23 with the Powerpoint summary;
quiz 23;
read:  pp.674-683 (light)

Thursday, October 24

reviewed the terrestrial and Jovian planets;
looked at images of moons of planets;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 23;
quiz 23 on planets tomorrow

Wednesday, October 23

discussed a worksheet on solar system travel (due Thursday);
made a comparative chart, contrasting terrestrial with Jovian planets;
quiz 23 on planets this Friday

Tuesday, October 22

discussed the Jovian planets & compared with terrestrial;
discussed a worksheet on solar system travel (due Thursday);

Monday, October 21

discussed the terrestrial planets;
received a worksheet on solar system travel (due Thursday);
read:  pp. 654-664 (the Jovian planets)
no journal due tomorrow


Wednesday, October 16

finished watching Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds, about Kepler;
watched A Tour Through Our Solar System

Tuesday, October 15

continued watching Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds, about renaissance astronomy;
if you didn’t already, read:  pp.649-653 (the terrestrial planets)

Monday, October 14

discussed Friday’s quiz over chapter 22;
watched the 9 minutes of Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds, about the pseudoscience of astrology;
read:  pp.649-653 (the terrestrial planets)


Friday, October 11

brief review of Earth, Moon, and Sun motions; review of early astronomers;
quiz over chapter 22;
read:  pp.644-648 (the solar system)

Thursday, October 10

reviewed Earth, Moon, and Sun motions;
reviewed chapter 22 with summary presentation;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 22

Wednesday, October 9

discussed/demonstrated Earth, Moon, and Sun motions;
discussed eclipses;
quiz Friday over this week’s reading and discussion

Tuesday, October 8

discussed early astronomy/astronomers;
looked at animations of early models;
discussed Kepler’s laws of planetary motion;
read:  pp.622-629 (Earth–Moon–Sun)

Monday, October 7

discussed/demonstrated the size of the universe with Scale of the Universe;
read:  pp.614-621 (early astronomy)