Archives of E-mails for Week 3 and Week 4

This page contains the e-mails that I sent out to the students during the second two weeks of the course.

You are responsible for everything that is within thesee-mails for the e-mails are the method by which most of the communication between you and I will take place, and where the assignments are given. Please pay attention to them.

The earliest e-mail appears first, with later e-mails appearing father down the page.

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Mailed October 16, 2006

Greetings on this rainy evening:
This is officially MEA week, so the workload is less than a typical week. I still expect one e-mail of communication from each of you, and one assignment this week. Today, we enter into the world of Ancient History as it relates to Astronomy. The only assignment for this week is to read the material about the Ancient Astronomy through Ptolemy and then respond to the Quiz on Ancient Astronomy.
Direct links are provided below:
The first link is to the opening page on the history of Astronomy

The next link is directly to the page on Ancient Astronomy

The third link is to the reading of Greek Astronomy

The fourth link is to a page on the Astronomy of Ptolemy

This final link is to the Ancient Astrnomy Quiz


Please remember that the work done so far should include:
1) Student Introduction
2) 3 point Quiz #1 from the first week and found in the Archive site of the course homepage
3) 3 point Quiz #2 from the second week and found in the Archive site of the course homepage
4) First constellation observation ... the weather was great Saturday night, so do not wait too long to get this done

YOU HAVE AN OPTION OF EARNING EXTRA CREDIT EQUAL TO ONE HALF OF A TEST BY WRITING YOUR OWN MTYH ... see the link below for this


Next week, you will be finishing the history unit and learning about the properties of light and also doing a scale model of the solar system. This is a great week to get caught up.

NOTE: I AM GOING TO PUT A DEADLINE ON HOMEWORK AND ASSIGNMENTS (BESIDES OBSERVATIONS) TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM FALLING BEHIND. Please keep up with the pace.

Hope your MEA weeks are GREAT

Tom

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Mailed October 23, 2006

Greetings:
We were in southwestern Michigan, just a bit north of South Bend, Indiana visiting family over the past few days. My wife's parents live on a small farm that does not have any form of internet access, so I have been away from my ability to stay in touch with anyone. With the MEA break now over, it is time to start to get into the meat of the Astronomy course.
This week is a REALLY important time to get everyone on the same page.

FIRST - I want to invite everyone over to our house to look through the telescopes at some stuff in the night sky. Would any of you be interested? What night might work best?

SECOND - We will be moving soon into the Unit about Light. The website for this is: Light and Telescopes

within these pages is information about the tools that astronomers use to measure starlight, what basic units of measurements are used to describe things in space, and some pretty nice illustrations.

THIRD - this week, I hope that everyone can complete all of UNIT THREE ... the history of Astronomy. The unit has a fair amount of reading and two quizzes ... one on ancient astronomy and another on the Astronomy Revolution with Copernicus.
The quizzes can be found at:

Ancient Astronomy Quiz

Copenican Revolution Quiz


DO NOT DO THE GRAD STANDARD PAPER. This will no longer be part of the course.

FOURTH: In the later afternoon, and up through sunset on November 8, the planet Mercury will go across the front of the Sun, creating a nifty Mercury solar eclipse. It can be readily seen in a telescope. If you are interested in trying to see this event, please let me know, so we can schedule a time and place to look.

FIFTH - I am finding some dead links in the course and am working to get everything updated. For any student who is having trouble finding things, please give me an e-mail and I will do everything to try and help you through this process.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Tom

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Mailed October 25, 2006

Greetings:
I have not heard from many of you in quite a while, and I sure hope that you look at this e-mail sometime in the next two hours. The sky looks like it will be clear for the next few hours, and it will be possible for you to see something that has not been visible in at least three years ... a comet. I am connecting the link to the site that will help you find it. It is visible with your naked eyes, and if you have binoculars, it is even better.
go to: Spaceweather.com
The click on the "skymap"
If you see the comet, please let me know, and I wil give you credit worth 2 of the 10 point quizzes!
Tom

 

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