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course syllabus
science links
practice quizzes

Friday, December 7

discussed factors affecting wind speed and direction;
discussed/demonstrated conservation of angular momentum & the Coriolis force;
analyzed weather maps to determine wind speed and direction;
read:  pp.543-548 (regional wind systems)

Thursday, December 6

reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 18;
reviewed barometric pressure; discussed isobars;
discussed weather maps

Wednesday, December 5

reviewed cloud formation and cloud types;
discussed precipitation;
read:  pp. 532-542 (pressure and winds)

Tuesday, December 4

discussed cloud formation and cloud types

Monday, December 3

discussed quiz 17;
discussed change of phase and latent heat;
read:  pp.510-516 (cloud types and precipitation)


Friday, November 30

discussed climate change in connection with absorption frequency spectrum of atmospheric gasses;
quiz 17;
read:  pp.510-516 (cloud formation)

Thursday, November 29

watched episode 29 of Eureka on radiation;
reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 17;
quiz 17 tomorrow

Wednesday, November 28

answered questions on the worksheet;
defined/discussed relative humidity;
began a worksheet on relative humidity calculations

Tuesday, November 27

discussed factors affecting temperature variation;
watched episodes 25-27 of Eureka on convection;
finish up worksheet

Monday, November 26

reviewed atmospheric pressure;
discussed atmospheric layers;
watched episodes 19-21 of Eureka on heat & temperature;
read:  504-509 (water in the atmosphere)


Friday, November 16

demonstrated atmospheric pressure crushing a metal can;
demonstrated scattering of light, simulating atmospheric scattering;
watched episodes 16-18 of Eureka on molecules/kinetic theory of heat

Thursday, November 15

reviewed atmospheric composition and atmospheric pressure;
defined/discussed various pressure units;
began working on a worksheet for this section

Wednesday, November 14

discussed quiz 25;
discussed atmospheric composition and atmospheric pressure;
read:  pp. 483-493 (atmospheric heating)

Tuesday, November 13

reviewed with the study guide Powerpoint and the practice quiz for chapter 25;
quiz 25;
read:  pp. 476-482 (the atmosphere)

Monday, November 12

discussed/viewed galaxy types;
worked on the worksheet for this section;
discussed Hubble’s law and the expanding universe;
quiz 25 tomorrow


Friday, November 9

finished watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 42:00-50:00);
discussed aspects of living in a BIG universe;
watched Flatland clip from Cosmos: The Edge of Forever (from 22:50-34:40);
read:  715-721 (the universe)

Thursday, November 8

reviewed stellar life;
continued watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 15:30-21:50; 28:00-34:00)

Wednesday, November 7

discussed stellar life;
continued watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (from 6:00 to 15:30)

Tuesday, November 6

reviewed stellar magnitudes and spectral classification;
reviewed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
began watching Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars (the first 6 minutes)

Monday, November 5

discussed stellar magnitudes and spectral classification;
discussed the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram;
read:  707-715 (star life and death)


Friday, November 2

quiz over chapter 24;
discussed/demonstrated the relationship between incandescent temperature, color, and brightness;
read:  700-706 (properties of stars)

Thursday, November 1

discussed solar anatomy;
looked at video of the sun’s surface;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 24;
quiz tomorrow over chapter 24

Wednesday, October 31

discussed  various types of telescopes;
began considering solar anatomy

Tuesday, October 30

discussed/demonstrated converging lenses and mirrors;
contrasted types of telescopes

Monday, October 29

reviewed aspects of light with worksheet (due tomorrow);
discussed the Doppler effect;
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, October 26

discussed the quiz over chapter 23;
discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;
read:  pp.684-690 (the Sun)

Thursday, October 25

quiz over chapter 23;
briefly discussed light;
read:  pp.674-683 (light)

Wednesday, October 24

continued comparing the various moons in the solar system;
looked at the practice quiz for chapter 23;
quiz 23 on tomorrow

Tuesday, October 23

continued comparing the terrestrial planets with the Jovian planets;
began comparing the various moons in the solar system
quiz 23 on Thursday

Monday, October 22

discussed the worksheet (due date postponed till tomorrow);
began comparing the terrestrial planets with the Jovian planets
no journal due this week


Wednesday, October 17

answered questions about the worksheet; (due Monday);
watched: A Tour Through Our Solar System

Tuesday, October 16

finished Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds;
discussed the relative sizes and the relative distances between the planets;
began on worksheet about interplanetary distances (due Monday);
read: 654-664 (the Jovian planets)

Monday, October 15

discussed Friday’s quiz;
continued Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds;
read: 649-653 (the terrestrial planets)
journal entry due tomorrow


Friday, October 12

quiz over the week’s topics;
watched the first 15 minutes of Cosmos:  Harmony of the Worlds

Thursday, October 11

reviewed the relationship between the Sun and Earth;
discussed/demonstrated Earth-Moon motions;
looked at the practice quiz for the chapter;
quiz tomorrow over this week’s reading and class discussions

Wednesday, October 10

reviewed early astronomy and astronomers;
reviewed Kepler’s laws of planetary motion;
discussed/demonstrated the relationship between the Sun and Earth;
if you didn’t already, read:  pp.622-629 (Earth-Moon-Sun);
quiz on Friday over this week’s reading and class discussions

Tuesday, October 9

discussed early astronomy and astronomers:  Aristotle, Aristarchus, Eratosthenes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Kepler;
discussed Kepler’s laws of planetary motion;
contrasted the Ptolemaic (geocentric) model with the Copernican (heliocentric) model;
read:  pp.622-629 (Earth-Moon-Sun)

Monday, October 8

discussed/demonstrated the size of the universe with Scale of the Universe 2;
if you didn’t already, read:  pp.614-621 (early astronomy)