Astronomy: Galaxies

Thursday, February 23, 2012

End of Chapter 2

So we're almost done with our first unit: Waves and the nature of light. Expect a test on Monday, 2/27 covering the entire chapter. Remember, your textbook should have included a CD-ROM that has a digital version of the book as well as some helpful review activities.

The PowerPoint notes we saw in class are also available here on the website, as well as links to any work we did in class. All work for Ch. 2 must be turned in before the test or it will not be accepted at all.

Grades for work that has already been turned in will be entered into Zangle this weekend.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Welcome to the class!

Just a couple of points about what we will and what we won't be studying this semester.

For starters, this is not Anatomy, nor is it Astrology. For the former, see Ms. Rozema. For the latter, look up "pseudoscience" in a dictionary.

What we will be covering is some of the more exotic topics in Astronomy. Stellar evolution (supernova), black holes, galaxies, etc.

I'll tell you guys the same thing I tell every Astro class I've had: if you pay attention, read the textbook with lots of pretty pictures, and ask questions, you can easily earn a C (or better). Having said that, about half of my Astronomy students fail every semester. Why? Because they don't do either of the things I just mentioned.

From time to time I'll try to host stargazing sessions at school to give you a chance to look through a telescope at things we're talking about in class. Redford isn't the best place in the world for stargazing, but it's better than nothing.

Please ask if you have any questions and I look forward to a new semester!

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