–Last updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 9:01 AM

ASTRONOMY 101
Frontiers of Astronomy

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

Questions?  Feel free to call or stop by during
office hours (click here for the hours).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Test #2 grades posted (see Week 6 for details).  Check your grade using the on-line grade sheet below.

Test #3 available soon – see Week 9.

First extra credit due date coming up (in a month) – see Week 1 regarding extra credit.

Check out new stuff – and the Ellipses and Spectroscopy MGAs

Don’t forget that observatory visit assignment – see Week 1 if you forgot about it.
Didn’t turn in something?  Remember from the syllabus that you can turn in anything late (except participation, because you can’t participate if you aren’t there).  So turn that late stuff in—even tests.  Yes, there is a serious late penalty, but the penalty is very much better than a zero.

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) August 14
SW Campus (Tuesday) August 15
BC Campus (Friday) August 18

 

 

 

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

 

Click here for Observatory/Field Trip assignment (with eclipse option).

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, August 21 – ECLIPSE DAY (No AST 101)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 2

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) August 22
BC Campus (Friday) August 25
DT Campus (Monday) August 28

 

 


 

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 8-29-17

 

 


 

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.

Grades posted 9-12-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) August 29
BC Campus (Friday) September 1
DT Campus (Monday) September 11
(note date)

 

 


 

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 9-12-17

 

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week!

 

 

 

 

Test for this week

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

Grades posted 9-20-17click here for test grading criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 4 – LABOR DAY (COLLEGE CLOSED)

Tuesday, September 5 and Friday, September 8 will not have class either, in order to keep the classes from getting too far out of “synch” with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 4

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) September 12
BC Campus (Friday) September 16
DT Campus (Monday) September 18

 

 


 

 

Test #1 (see Week 3) is due.

 

 


 

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 9-19-17

 

 


 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) September 19
BC Campus (Friday) September 22
DT Campus (Monday) September 25

 

 


 

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 9-26-17

 

 


 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 6

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) September 26
BC Campus (Friday) September 29
DT Campus (Monday) October 9
(note date)

 

 


 

 

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 10-10-17

 

 


 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week!

 

 

 

 

Test for this week

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

Grades posted 10-18-17click here for test grading criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 2 & Tuesday, October 3 – FALL BREAK (NO CLASSES)

Friday, October 6 will not have class either, in order to keep the classes from getting too far out of “synch” with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 7

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) October 10
BC Campus (Friday) October 13
DT Campus (Monday) October 16

 

 


 

 

Test #2 (see Week 6) is due.

 

 


 

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 5778 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 10-17-17

 

 


 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 8

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) October 17
BC Campus (Friday) October 20
DT Campus (Monday) October 23

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) October 24
BC Campus (Friday) October 27
DT Campus (Monday) October 30

 

 


 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

No new MGA this week -- a test is being assigned this week!

 

 

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #3 (will be posted soon…)