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ASTRONOMY 101
Frontiers of Astronomy

Welcome to AST 101!
You have a standing assignment to check this web page at least twice a week.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL GRADES POSTED!

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Have an “out of this world” summer!

Track your grades using the on-line grade sheet, below.



CHECK YOUR GRADES IN AST 101

***Click Here***

With this on-line grade sheet you can check all your grades in AST 101, make sure that the professor recorded them properly, and see what your overall grade is in AST 101. 
This requires Microsoft Excel.  It works on Jefferson computers.  It may work on your personal computer and maybe on your phone.

 

WEEK 1

(scroll down for more weeks)

DT Campus (Monday) January 8
SW Campus (Tuesday) January 9

 

 

 

Click here for class syllabus (sign and return as indicated).

 

Click here for Observatory/Field Trip assignment.

Click here for Extra Credit Opportunities.

 

Click here for the required text book, The Known Universe (also available in the Jefferson campus book store). 
Note that the first six chapters of the text are freely available for students who may not have a text book on the first day of class—click on the “preview” to access them.

 

Click here (or here) for the secondary book, Setting Aside All Authority (also available through the Jefferson campus book store)

 

Click here for preliminary class schedule for the entire semester.

 

Want a copy of the software Graney uses in class?  Click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, January 15 – MLK DAY (No classes at JCTC)

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 16 – College closed for SNOW (no classes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 2

DT Campus (Monday) January 22

SW Campus (Tuesday) January 23

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 1

Chapter 2
Chapter 3

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Read pages 10-15 of Setting Aside All Authority

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 1-23-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will work on the Size of the Earth MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA.  Note the materials you need to bring to class for this MGA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

DT Campus (Monday) January 29

SW Campus (Tuesday) January 30

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Chapter 6

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Read pages 20-23 and 33 (parallax illustration) of Setting Aside All Authority

·         Helpful Animations for Ptolemy’s epicycle theory:
Click here for an animation on how the theory worked for one wandering star.
For the entire system, click here (can be zoomed in and out)

·         Videos on sizes and distances:
Size of Earthclick here
Size and distance of Moon and Sunclick here

·         Video on annual parallax – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 1-30-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week (check back here later for info)!

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #1 IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the test.

Grades posted 2-13-18.

Click here for details on test grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 4

DT Campus (Monday) February 5

SW Campus (Tuesday) February 6

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Helpful Animations
Click here for animation of geocentric and heliocentric theories, from YouTube, with explanations.
Click here for animation of Copernicus’s heliocentric theory for one planet.
Click here for animation of Copernicus’s theory for the entire system.

·         Video on a solution to the annual parallax problem – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 2-6-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will introduce the Phases MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA.  Note the materials you need to bring to class for this MGA.
Grades posted 2-27-18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5

DT Campus (Monday) February 12

SW Campus (Tuesday) February 13

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Read Chapter 3 of Setting Aside All Authority

·         Read Chapter 8 of Setting Aside All Authority (or more – the secondary book is all about Riccioli)

·         Helpful Animations
Click here for animation of Tycho’s geocentric theory.

·         Videos on Tycho Brahe and Galileo Galilei:
Tycho Brahe’s observatory – click here
Galileo Galilei in Florence – click here

·         Videos on the Parallax and Star Size problem:
The star size problem – click here
The double star problem – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 2-20-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- we will have a help session on the Phases MGA this week (see Week 4 for that MGA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, February 19 – PRESIDENTS’ DAY (No classes at JCTC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 6

SW Campus (Tuesday) February 20

DT Campus (Monday) February 26

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 11

Chapter 12

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Read Chapter 10 of Setting Aside All Authority

·         Helpful Animations
Parallax and star distances – click here
Kepler’s elliptical orbits – click here
Newton’s cannon – click here

·         Videos on gravity, etc.:
Riccioli and Gravity – click here
Newton’s cannon click here
A nice summary of the ideas involved in the battle over whether Earth moved – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 2-27-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week (check back here later for info)!

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #2 IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the test.

Grades posted 3-12-18.

Click here for details on test grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 7

SW Campus (Tuesday) February 27

DT Campus (Monday) March 5

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 13

Chapter 14

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         The Jewish calendar is dated from the creation of the world. The Jewish year 5779 began in September (with the new moon) – click here.  Click here for Israel National News, and note the date at top left.

·         Ussher’s Age of the Universe & certain editions of the Christian Bible: click here. Also click here or here for recent-ish local news along this line.

·         Read Appendix D in your text book

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 3-8-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will introduce the Ellipses MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA.  Note the materials you need to bring to class for this MGA.
Grades posted 3-27-18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 8

SW Campus (Tuesday) March 6

 

March 12-16 – SPRING BREAK (No classes at JCTC)

 

DT Campus (Monday) March 19

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 15

Chapter 16

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Videos:
Lord Rosse’s Telescope – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 3-20-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will introduce the Spectroscopy MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA.  Note the materials you need to bring to class for this MGA.
Grades posted 4-10-18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9

SW Campus (Tuesday) March 20
DT Campus (Monday) March 26

 


 

Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 17

Chapter 18

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         The Football Field Universe calculator (requires MS EXCEL; works on Jefferson computers) – click here.

 


 

Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 3-27-18.

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week (check back here later for info)!

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #3 IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the test.
Grades posted 4-5-18.

Click here for details on test grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10

SW Campus (Tuesday) March 27
DT Campus (Monday) April 2

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 19

Chapter 20

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         1950 Radio Broadcast of Martian Chroniclesclick here (from a time when intelligent life on Mars still seemed plausible)

·         Official Trailer for movie John Carter of Marsclick here

·         Unofficial Trailer for John Carter of Mars click here

·         1938 radio War of the Worlds click here

·         1953 movie War of the Worlds Trailer click here

·         2005 movie War of the Worlds Trailer click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 4-3-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will introduce the Hubble MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA. 

Grades posted 4-17-18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 11

SW Campus (Tuesday) April 3
DT Campus (Monday) April 9

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 21

Chapter 22

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         NORAD tracks Santa Clausclick here. If Santa wasn’t real, would the military have a web page for him?

·         The Concorde (video) – the future of air travel in Grandpa’s day, discontinued in 2003 – click here for a nice short video, click here for a long one.

·         Original Movie Trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey – the technology depicted in this 1968 movie shows what the year 2001 was envisioned to be like in your grandparents’ day, forty-plus years ago – click here. Also check out the Original Movie Trailer for 2010 (the 1984 sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey) click here. This movie has better special effects featuring our awesome 21st-century space ships!

·         The Future (2015) – the 1980’s imagines the year 2015 in the movie Back to the Future II – click here and here.

·         Opening scene in movie “Contact” – full of science errors, but illustrates the idea of SETI that signals from Earth can be detected by listeners in space, and that listeners at further and further distances from Earth will hear signals from further back in the Earth’s past – click here. Major errors include that the time delay is exaggerated too much (you would hear signals from a few hours ago at Jupiter, not from years ago) and the asteroids are far too densely packed.

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 4-10-18.

 


Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will introduce the Aliens MGA this week.
Click here for the MGA. 

Grades posted 4-24-18.

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM PRELIMINARY INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 12

SW Campus (Tuesday) April 10
DT Campus (Monday) April 16

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

Have these chapters of The Known Universe read before you come to class:
Chapter 23

Chapter 24

 

Supplemental material – not required, but might be helpful:

·         Searching for Solar Systems (NPR All Things Considered -- This is a pretty large MP3 audio file and may take a while to download): click here

·         The Alien Civilization calculator (requires MS EXCEL; works on Jefferson computers) – click here

 


Class Participation for this week.

Click here for Class Participation Comments and Questions, Part 1 and Part 2.  You must come to class with both parts completed (except for those sections of Part 2 that you will complete at the end of class).  You will need to have a pencil in class for this.

Grades posted 4-17-18.

 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week (check back here later for info)!

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #4 IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the test.

Grades posted 4-24-18.

Click here for details on test grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 13

SW Campus (Tuesday) April 17
DT Campus (Monday) April 23

 


Reading Assignment for this week.

None.

 


Class Participation for this week.

None.

 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA.  We will be doing the presentations for the Aliens MGA.

 

 

Test for this week

FINAL EXAM.  Click here for details about the exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBSERVATORY VISIT ASSIGNMENT – See WEEK 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 24 – The Tuesday class will not meet in order to get the two classes in synch for Finals Week (the Tuesday class is ahead of the Monday because of holidays).

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 14
EXAM
WEEK

DT Campus (Monday) April 30

SW Campus (Tuesday) May 1

 


 

Reading Assignment for this week.

None.

 


 

Class Participation for this week.

None.

 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

None.

 

 

Test for this week

FINAL EXAM DUE.  Click here for details about the exam and about turning in last-minute late materials.

Grades posted 5-1-18.

Click here for details on test grades.