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Astronomy Daily Agenda and Homework

Friday 12/14/18

posted Dec 14, 2018, 5:40 AM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 12:25 PM ]

Student Learning Objectives
  • Exoplanets SLOs
  • Formation of the Solar System SLOs
  • The Moon SLOs
  • Night Sky, Earth, Sun & Moon SLOs
  • Modern View of the Universe SLOs
  • Movement of Celestial Objects SLOs

Learning Activities

Warm-up: None

1) Final Exam
2) Enter results into Final Exam Goggle Form for quick grading and data collection


Homework

None




Announcements

1) Enjoy your Winter Break!

Thursday 12/14/18

posted Dec 13, 2018, 5:07 AM by Steve Smith

Student Learning Objectives


Learning Activities

Warm-up: None

1) Cat S. What are the global safety and political implications of space debris?

2) Grady J. How does tidal heating of satellites create potential habitable zones?

3) Jem V. and Nick A. Why do we believe dark matter exists, what are the leading theories of dark matter and what is the primary alternative to theories of dark matter?



Homework

Continue studying for the final exam. Address 5 objectives per night.


Announcements

1) None

Tuesday 12/11/18

posted Dec 11, 2018, 7:47 AM by Steve Smith

Student Learning Objectives


Learning Activities

Warm-up: None

1) Sage D. We are the Martians?

2) Wyllow H. What are the possibilities for life in the Trappist-1 system?

3) Parker S. Chacoan culture and archeoastronomy



Homework

Continue studying for the final exam. Address 5 objectives per night.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students will present their research on Tuesday December 11 and Thursday December 13.
Tuesday December 11: Sage D., Wyllow H. and Parker S.
Thursday December 13: Jem V. & Nick A., Grady J. and Cat S.

Monday 12/10/18

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:47 AM by Steve Smith

Student Learning Objectives

  • What does a career in astrochemistry look like?
  • How can an understanding of chemistry be used to study astronomical objects?
  • What are interesting questions in astrochemistry currently?

Learning Activities

Warm-up: None

1) Presentation on Astrochemistry from Professor Callie Cole




Homework

Continue studying for the final exam. Address 5 objectives per night.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students will present their research on Tuesday December 11 and Thursday December 13.
Tuesday December 11: Sage D., Wyllow H. and Parker S.
Thursday December 13: Jem V. & Nick A., Grady J. and Cat S.


Friday 12/7/18

posted Dec 7, 2018, 5:45 AM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 2:49 PM ]

Student Learning Objectives

  • Describe characteristics (orbital and planetary) of exoplanets detected thus far.
    • How are the biases in the detection methods affecting the current list of confirmed exoplanets?
    • Describe the classes/categories of exoplanets
    • How do exoplanets compare to the planets in our solar system?
  • Describe how the discovery and cataloging of exoplanets is affecting our understanding of planetary systems and the nebular theory for planetary system formation.
  • Describe how the discovery and cataloging of exoplanets is influencing beliefs and searches for extraterrestrial life.

Learning Activities

Warm-up: Questions from your review work so far.

1) Review student responses to Data Lab

2) Nebular Theory of Solar System Formation and Exoplanet Discoveries



Homework

Continue studying for the final exam. Address 5 objectives per night.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students will present their research on Tuesday December 11 and Thursday December 13.
Tuesday December 11: Sage D., Wyllow H. and Parker S.
Thursday December 13: Jem V. & Nick A., Grady J. and Cat S.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

Thursday 12/6/18

posted Dec 6, 2018, 6:19 AM by Steve Smith

Student Learning Objectives

  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the transit method. Answer the questions below.
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the transit method?
  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the radial velocity method.
    • What conditions must be met for the detection of an exoplanet using the radial velocity method?
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the radial velocity method?
    • What are characteristics of exoplanet-star systems which make exoplanets more easily detected using the radial velocity method?

Learning Activities

Warm-up: Questions from your review work so far.

1) Interpret theoretical transit curves from Kepler activity

OR

2) Radial velocity detection method guided investigation contd.

  • Attached to Monday 12/3/18 DP post
  • Work with a partner and record answers


Homework

Continue studying for the final exam. Address 5 objectives per night.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students you should begin thinking about your presentations. They will be the week of December 10. I will be reading and returning papers by next Monday.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

Tuesday 12/4/18

posted Dec 4, 2018, 1:39 PM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 5:52 AM ]

Student Learning Objectives

  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the transit method. Answer the questions below.
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the transit method?
  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the radial velocity method.
    • What conditions must be met for the detection of an exoplanet using the radial velocity method?
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the radial velocity method?
    • What are characteristics of exoplanet-star systems which make exoplanets more easily detected using the radial velocity method?

Learning Activities

Warm-up: Check in

1) Radial velocity detection method guided investigation

  • Attached to Monday 12/3/18 DP post
  • Work with a partner and record answers

2) Exploring exoplanets

Explore using NASA Strange New Worlds or Universe of Monsters or Galaxy of Horrors or Exoplanet Travel Bureau

Homework

Continue studying for the final exam.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students you should begin thinking about your presentations. They will be the week of December 10. I will be reading and returning papers by next Monday.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

Monday 12/3/18

posted Dec 2, 2018, 4:28 PM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 3, 2018, 3:36 PM ]

Student Learning Objectives

  • Use real images of a star to evaluate whether or not an exoplanet is transiting an observed star.
    • Describe the corrections that must be performed on raw brightness data to ensure accurate measures are made of true changes in a star’s brightness.
    • Discuss the importance of multiple data points in an investigation.
    • What is the role of predictions (models) in evaluating data?
    • How should data points that are not in agreement with predictions or the majority of data be treated?
    • How is computational thinking (mathematics) used in interpreting data?
    • If an exoplanet transit is observed, use transit data to characterize the planet including: relative size as compared to its host star, period, semi-major axis, inclination
  • Predict the climate and habitability of a hypothetical planet based on its: host star (mass, temperature, age), semi-major axis/period, mass, volume, eccentricity, axial tilt, and rate of rotation.

Learning Activities

Warm-up: Discuss the first SLO and its six subsidiary SLOs

1) Complete Activity 5: Data Lab

  • Review who hasn't completed work 
  • Fill in all side bars and save

2) If time: Activity 6: Visualization Lab

  • Make it as accurate as possible to the planet we found around HATP-10
  • Answer the Question: Fact or Fiction*Email me response

Homework

Begin studying for the final exam.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students you should begin thinking about your presentations. They will be the week of December 10. I will be reading and returning papers by next Monday.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

Friday 11/30/18

posted Nov 30, 2018, 6:07 AM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 8:31 AM ]

Student Learning Objectives

  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the transit method.
    • What conditions must be met for the detection of an exoplanet using the transit method?
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the transit method?
    • What are characteristics of exoplanets-star systems which make exoplanets more easily detected using the transit method?
  • Describe the different role of scientific models in the context of exoplanet detection and characterization.
    • What different types of models are used?
    • How do scientists use models to predict, interpret data and speculate?
    • Compare idealized predictions from models with experimental data and discuss the role of models in analyzing real-world data.
  • Use real images of a star to evaluate whether or not an exoplanet is transiting an observed star.

Learning Activities

Warm-up: How has this work influenced your understanding of how science is done?

1) Activity 4: Image Lab

  • Work through Pages 1-5 under Graph Brightness
  • Re-analyze any images that are significant outliers from data
2) Activity 5: Data Lab
  • Work through Pages 1-10
  • Complete all "My Finding" boxes on right side of screen, these will be assessed


Homework

Complete Data Lab work if not done in class


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students you should begin thinking about your presentations. They will be the week of December 10. I will be reading and returning papers by next Monday.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

Thursday 11/29/18

posted Nov 29, 2018, 5:24 AM by Steve Smith   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

Student Learning Objectives

  • Explain how exoplanets can be detected using the transit method.
    • What conditions must be met for the detection of an exoplanet using the transit method?
    • What information about an exoplanet can and cannot be determined from exoplanet detection using the transit method?
    • What are characteristics of exoplanets-star systems which make exoplanets more easily detected using the transit method?
  • Describe the different role of scientific models in the context of exoplanet detection and characterization.
    • What different types of models are used?
    • How do scientists use models to predict, interpret data and speculate?
    • Compare idealized predictions from models with experimental data and discuss the role of models in analyzing real-world data.
  • Use real images of a star to evaluate whether or not an exoplanet is transiting an observed star.

Learning Activities

Warm-up: None

1) Activity 4 Image Lab

  • Perform analyses
2) Begin Activity 5: Data Lab if all images are processed.

Homework

Perform additional image analyses so that all of your assigned images are analyzed before class on Friday.


Announcements

1) Concurrent enrollment students you should begin thinking about your presentations. They will be the week of December 10. I will be reading and returning papers by next Monday.

2) Professor Callie Cole will be speaking with us on Monday December 10 about exoplanets, astrochemistry, her research and her career path.

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