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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 27-Jan  
Chapter 2: Science and our understanding of the solar system 4-Feb  
Chapter 3: Light and telescopes 11-Feb  
Chapter 4: Spectra and atomic structure 18-Feb Doppler effect video
Chapter 5: Formation of planetary systems 25-Feb  
Chapter 6: Earth and Moon 3-Mar Chs. 1-6 review questions
Chapter 7: Mercury, Venus, and Mars 10-Mar planet summary
Chapter 8: Outer planets 7-Apr  
Chapter 9: Asteroids and comets 14-Apr  
Chapter 10: Sun 21-Apr Sun's mass-loss activity
Chapter 11: Characterizing stars 28-Apr Magnitude and Mass
Chapter 12: Early lives of stars 10-May Chs. 7-12 review questions
Chapter 13: Deaths of stars 17-May  
Chapter 14: Black holes 17-May  
Chapter 15: Milky Way galaxy 19-May  
Chapter 16: Galaxies 19-May  
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 7-Apr-2016 14-Apr-2016
Assignment 2: Abstract of article 5-May-2016 13-May-2016
Assignment 3: Revised abstract 21-May-2016 26-May-2016