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Cabrillo Astronomy • A brief tour
With Dr. Rick as your guide…
Astro 10: Introductory Astronomy *Rick Nolthenius Call me “Rick”. (“Mr. Nolthenius” sounds… unexciting) *Office: 706 a 479 -6506 *email: rinolthe@cabrillo. edu *visit my extremely excellent website!
Astro 10 “Introductory Astronomy” Lecture class covering general survey Astronomy. For University transfer fulfilling your lab science, you’ll also need to take Astro 8 A – Observational Astronomy (this or later semester)
Textbook – “Pathways to Astronomy” – Schneider S. and Arny T. • $98 in the bookstore Maybe you can find used editions elsewhere on the web? • One copy on reserve in the library
Grading • 7 mult. choice quizzes based on text - ~10 questions each - closed notes • 2 video quizzes, after seeing ~1 hr video program. Take notes and use them for your mult. choice quiz, ~13 questions each • Final Exam: 50 mult. choice questions. You may have a single 8 x 10 sheet of paper crammed with all the notes you can muster! • Lowest score dropped. Will drop 2 quizzes but ONLY if both are no-show’s • Because…No make-ups • Extra Credit possibilities • Buy 11 green narrow scantron sheets from the book store. $3. Cheap! Keep them in your notebook along with a pencil.
New this year… clickers! • After the first 2 weeks, we’ll have impromptu questions during the lectures, to monitor your “absorptivity”. Sometimes, you’ll have a couple minutes to conference with your immediate classmate neighbors and then click your answer. Some are “freebies”, and don’t count, some do, and you’ll know which at the time given. • It’s fun! It’s interactive! And it’ll help you on the regular quizzes. Can’t say at this moment how many questions or how often we’ll do this. This is new for me too. • Some of the questions will be directly taken from your upcoming quiz or final. • Attendence important for doing well, and the clickers will help me monitor this. Attendence per se will not be a factor in your final grade • My current plan is - Your cumulative score on all questions answered with the clickers will count as another quiz, with the same weight (or so is my current plan). This is the “ 8 th quiz” as it were.
What will we Do in Astro 10? • We start with the earth and sky, how the rotating earth and orbiting earth make the sky show the patterns it does. • Seasons, eclipses, some history. • A session in the Cabrillo Planetarium, complete with spooky music! • My own “Chapter 0” on the principles of clear thinking and scientific method • Then to boldly go, on to the planets and the stars! • And Onward, to the Galaxy and Beyond • To the Universe as a whole, the origin of our Universe, parallel universes, Inflation and the quantum origin, and how the existence of life says profound things about the nature of the Universe. • I’ll stress the observational facts and how we use scientific inference to arrive at ideas, and to test them to home in on our current theories of the Universe. • Exams will stress getting a picture of processes and the ‘why’ behind what we see, not so much on memorized factoids.
Astro 8 A “Observational Astronomy” … A 1 -unit evening class… under the stars!
And on Cloudy Nights… • • In-class Labs Demonstrations Fun projects on the computer Polishing your beautiful images on the computers
And in the Fall, Consider Astro 9 A “Astrophotography” • 1 – unit night lab class • Attracts both arts and amateur astronomy enthusiasts • Classic film photography, and Digital too
… Field Astronomy Courses • Sign-ups for these are…TOMORROW!!! 5: 30 pm in 705 • Single weekend field trips to cool places and dark skies. Day tripping geology and nights under the stars looking through telescopes • Astro 27 – Field Astronomy at the Pinnacles • Astro 28 T – Field Astronomy at Pt. Reyes National Seashore Apr 20 -22 • Astro 28 U – Field Astronomy in the Giant Sequoia’s May 1820
Astro 28 T: Field Astro at Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Astro 28 U: Field Astro in the Giant Sequoias
Astro 27/Geol 27, Astro 28 T, Astro 28 U • Remember - Sign-ups for these are…TOMORROW!!! • Tue Feb 6 at 5: 30 pm in Room 705 • First 30 get vouchers to go pay the bank for camping fees. Astro 27, 28 T, 28 U • Join us!
In Astro 10, we’ll learn …