Course Syllabus

This syllabus is designed for a semester course and the suggested sequence is found in the column to the left. It serves ONLY AS A GUIDE, for the course instructor will make changes in assignments and direction depending on each group of students and the time of year when the course is being taught.

Days of the Course

Material Covered

Work Done By You

UNIT ONE:

Course Introduction

Day 1

Prologue, Information, Teacher Bio, Course Units

Paralympic Swimming

Getting to know you

Day 2

Using the Internet Resources, Tour of the Universe, DAY 2

 

UNIT TWO:

The Starry Sky

 

Day 3

Introduction to the Night Sky and Units of Measurements

 

Day 4

Celestial objects and Constellations of the season

First Constellation Observation

Day 5

Orientation to the celestial sphere

 

UNIT THREE:

The History of Astronomy

 

Day 6

Scientific Method & Religion, Introduction, Archaeoastronomy

 

Day 7

Ancient Astronomy

Write your own myth

Day 8

Greek Astronomy ... Aristotle through Hipparchus

 

Day 9

Greek Astronomy ... Ptolemy

Ancient History Quiz

Day 10

Protestant Reformation before the Copernican Revolution

 

Day 11

Revolution Introduction, Nicholas Copernicus

 

Day 12

Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler

 

Day 13

Galileo

Copernican Revolution Quiz

Day 14

Sir Isaac Newton

 

UNIT FOUR:

Light and Telescopes

 

Day 15

Introduction, Electromagnetic Spectrum

 

Day 16

Measuring Starlight and Distances

 

Day 17

Telescopes - Refracting, Reflecting

 

Day 18

Telescopes - Radio, Space

Telescope Advice

Day 19

Getting Your Own and Helping someone buy a telescope

Star Observations:Fall or Winter

UNIT FIVE:

Space Exploration

Star Observation: Any Season

Day 20

Introduction, and The space race

 

Day 21

Mercury and Gemini Programs

 

Day 22

Apollo Program

Stranded on the Moon

Day 23

Space Race Conclusion

 

Day 24

Satellite exploration of space

Exploration Quiz

UNIT SIX:

Our Home Planet and the Moon

 

Day 25

Introduction, Our place in space

Scale model of the solar system

Day 26

The Earth ...Introduction, facts, structure and origin

Scale Model Presentation

Day 27

The Earth ... tectonics, mountain building, and rock cycle

 

Day 28

The Earth ... atmosphere, weather, and seasons, *Earth Science*

Earth quiz

Day 29

The Moon ... Introduction, structure and features

Moon Observation

Day 30

The Moon ... phases

Labs

Day 31

The Moon ... tides

Lunar Eclipse - February 20, 2008

Day 32

The Moon ... eclipses

Moon Phases, Tides, Eclipses

Day 33

The Moon ... origin theories

Origins Quiz

Day 34

The Moon ... why are all the craters round

Cratering Lab

UNIT SEVEN: SOLAR SYSTEM

The Sun's Planets

 

Day 35

Introduction, NSO Introduction, Inner Rocky Worlds ... Mercury

Mercury Quiz

Day 36

Inner Rocky Worlds ... Venus

Venus Quiz

Day 37

Inner Rocky Worlds ...Intro, Mars part 1

Mars crater lab

Day 38

Inner Rocky Worlds ... Mars part 2

Mars Quiz

Day 39

Outer Gas Giants ... Jupiter

Valentine's Day

Day 40

Outer Gas Giants ... Jupiter's moons

Jupiter Quiz

Day 41

Outer Gas Giants ... Saturn

 

Day 42

Outer Gas Giants ... Saturn's rings and moons

Saturn Quiz

Day 43

Outer Gas Giant ... Uranus

Uranus Quiz

Day 44

Outer Gas Giants ... Neptune

Neptune Quiz

Day 45

Voyager Mission Recount

Voyager Quiz and Commentary

Day 46

Dwarf Planets, Extrasolar Planets

***Link to all planet quizzes***

Day 47

Comets & Asteroids

Pluto, Comet, Asteroid Quiz

Day 48

Final Assessment on Planets

Final Planet Quiz

UNIT EIGHT:

The Sun

Mirror Site

Day 49

Introduction to Sun, It's structure and facts

Sun Observation

Day 50

Thermonuclear fusion powers the sun

 

Day 51

Solar events ... sun spots and flares

 

Day 52

Solar events ... flares and prominences

 

Day 53

Solar events ... aurora borealis

 

Day 54

The Sun's spectrum ...

 

Day 55

Developing the HR Diagram

 

Day 56

The Sun's lifecycle

Sun Quiz

UNIT NINE:

Stars and Their Lifecycles

 

Day 57

Introduction, Stellar Spectra, Spectroscopic Parallax

Stellar spectra comparisons

Day 58

Star Lifecycles

 

Day 59

Main Sequence Dwarfs,

HR Diagram Interpretation

Day 60

The Faintest and Coolest Stars

 

Day 61

The Largest, Stars

AAVSO Lab

Day 62

The Brightest and Hottest Stars

 

Day 63

Cepheid Variables

 

Day 64

Supernovae

Star Quiz

Day 65

Supernova 1987A

 

Day 66

The Smallest Stars... Neutron Stars and Pulsars

 

Day 67

Smallest Stars ... Black Holes

SN1987A lab

UNIT TEN:

Galaxies

 

Day 68

Introduction to Galaxies, The Milky Way

 

Day 69

The Milky Way

 

Day 70

Galaxy Formation

Milky Way Quiz

Day 71

Quasars

 

Day 72

Ultra Deep Field, Large Scale Structure of the Universe, ESO

 

Day 73

Galaxy Structure

UltraDeep Field Lab

Day 74

Images of Galaxies

Hubble Deep Field Lab

UNIT ELEVEN:

Cosmology

 

Day 75

Introduction to Cosmology, Methods to measure distance

 

Day 76

Hubble Finds Redshifts, The Universe is Expanding

Final Constellation Observation

Day 77

The Big Bang Theory

 

Day 78

Cosmological Principles

Nova Light Curve Interpretation

Day 79

Inflation Theory, Multiverses & String Theory

 

Day 80

The Origin and Fate of the Universe

Cosmology Paper

UNIT TWELVE:

SETI

 

Day 81

Introduction, Extraterrestrial visitors to earth and SETI

SETI opportunity

Day 82

Roadblocks to development of intelligent life

SETI assignment

Day 83

Final comments

Final paper

FINAL EXAM

 

 

Appendix

Relevant Formulae and Data

 

Chat Lessons

Chat Homepage

 

 


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