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Weekly Learning Objectives and Study Questions

Each of the documents below includes learning objectives and study questions for that week's lesson. If you understand the facts and ideas that underlie the questions you will be well prepared for our in-class activities and exams. Because these documents are PDF files you will need to install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view them.

Weekly lesson

Chapter 1: Earth-Sun-Moon relationships
Chapter 2: Science and our understanding of the solar system
Chapter 3: Light and telescopes
Chapter 4: Spectra and atomic structure
Chapter 5: Formation of planetary systems
Chapter 6: Earth and Moon
Chapter 7: Mercury, Venus, and Mars
Chapter 8: Outer planets
Chapter 9: Asteroids and comets
Chapter 10: Sun
Chapter 11: Characterizing stars
Chapter 12: Early lives of stars
Chapter 13: Deaths of stars
Chapter 14: Black holes
Chapter 15: Milky Way galaxy
Chapter 16: Galaxies
Chapter 17: Quasars and active galaxies
Chapter 18: Cosmology

Writing Assignments

Each assignment below is linked to instructions for a part of the larger writing assignment. The instruction page includes examples, grading rubrics, and links to the articles themselves.

Writing assignments

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Date due

Assignment 1: Outline of article tba tba
Assignment 2: Abstract of article tba tba
Assignment 3: Revised abstract tba tba