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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.

Learning Objectives and Study Questions Etudes Qsns Supporting Documents
Chapter 1: Earth-Sun-Moon relationships 22-Aug  
Chapter 2: Science and our understanding of the solar system 29-Aug  
Chapter 3: Light and telescopes 7-Sep  
Chapter 4: Spectra and atomic structure 19-Sep Doppler effect video
Chapter 5: Formation of planetary systems 26-Sep nebular model video
Chapter 6: Earth and Moon 7-Oct Chs. 1-6 review questions
Chapter 7: Mercury, Venus, and Mars 21-Oct planet summary
Chapter 8: Outer planets 26-Oct  
Chapter 9: Asteroids and comets 31-Oct  
Chapter 10: Sun   Sun's mass-loss activity
Chapter 11: Characterizing stars   Magnitude and Mass
Chapter 12: Early lives of stars   Chs. 7-12 review questions
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 Date assigned Date due
Assignment 1: Outline of article    
Assignment 2: Abstract of article    
Assignment 3: Revised abstract