–Last updated Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 1:51 PM

ASTRONOMY 101
Frontiers of Astronomy

Welcome to AST 101!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL GRADES POSTED! 



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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.
Grades posted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 
Grades posted 10-31-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Grades posted 10-25-17

 

 


 

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.

Grades posted 10-31-17

 

 


 

 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

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

 

 

 

 

Test for this week

TEST #3 IS NOW AVAILABLE.  Click here for details about the test.

Grades posted 11-9-17click here for test grading criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) October 31
BC Campus (Friday) November 3
DT Campus (Monday) November 6

 

 


 

 

Test #3 (see Week 9) is due.

 

 


 

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 Chronicles click 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 11-6-17

 

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 11

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) November 7
BC Campus (Friday) November 10
DT Campus (Monday) November 13

 

 


 

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 11-14-17

 

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 12

 

SW Campus (Tuesday) November 14
BC Campus (Friday) November 17
DT Campus (Monday) November 20

 

 


 

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 11-26-17

 

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

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

 

 

 

 

Test for this week

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

Grades posted 12-4-17click here for test grading criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24 – THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO CLASSES)

Tuesday, November 21 will not have class either, in order to keep the classes from getting too far out of “synch” with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 13

 

DT Campus (Monday) November 27

SW Campus (Tuesday) November 30

BC Campus (Friday) December 1

 

 


 

 

Test #4 (see Week 12) is due.

 

 


 

Reading Assignment for this week.

No Assignment

 

 


 

Class Participation for this week.

No Assignment

 

 


 

Miscellaneous Graded Assignment for this week

We will have presentations for the Aliens MGA this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 14

 

DT Campus (Monday) December 4

SW Campus (Tuesday) December 5

BC Campus (Friday) December 8

 

 


 

 

FINAL EXAM is due

Click here for details about the exam.

 

 

 

 

 

Last opportunity to turn in late material (MGA’s, exams, observatory visit).

 

 

 

 

 

ALL GRADES POSTED 12/9/2017