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ASTRONOMY Weekly Agenda and Notes: 2015-16

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6 - 10 June 2016

 

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

-Sam Keen

 

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."

-Calvin (Bill Watterson)

 

“A perfect day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken.”

-James Dent

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 6th

(no notes)

BLOCK SCHEDULE

Periods: Advisory, 2, 4, 6

Bad Astronomy in Sci Movies
  • correct my astronomy misconceptions
 
 

Tuesday, 7th

(no notes: no class)

BLOCK SCHEDULE

Periods: 1, 3, 5, 7

NO CLASS
   
Wednesday, 8th

SCHOOL'S OUT!

FOR THE SUMMER!!

   
Thursday, 9th      
Friday, 10th      

 

 

30 May - 3 June 2016

 

"Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times."

-Napoleon Hill

 

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

-Thomas Alva Edison

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 30th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 31st Bad Astronomy in Sci Movies
  • correct my astronomy misconceptions
 

Wednesday, 1st

(no notes)

Bad Astronomy in Sci Movies    

Thursday, 2nd

(no notes: sub)

Bad Astronomy in Sci Movies
   

Friday, 3rd

(no notes)

Bad Astronomy in Sci Movies
   

 

 

23 - 27 May 2016

 

"And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here."

-Neil Gaiman

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 23rd

HW check

QUIZ: Drake Eq'n & Fermi Paradox

LAB: Making solar filters 

  Read Chapter 3.1 - 3.2, R&D #1,2 CST #3,8,9 P #3,9 (due Friday
Tuesday, 24th L&D: Telescopes 

LO3.1a: Describe how optical telescopes work

LO3.1b: Specify the advantages of reflecting telescopes over refractors

LO3.2: Explain why larger telescopes gather more light and can make more detailed images  

 
Wednesday, 25th

finish making solar filters

video: "Telescope" by Discovery Education

PEP FEST 

   
Thursday, 26th mini-LAB:  Solar Observations    
Friday, 27th

HW Check

QUIZ: Telescopes

LAB: More solar observations

Seniors' Last Day! 

  DUE: Chap 3 HW 

 

 

16 - 20 May 2016

 

"I don't want to learn in a classroom anymore...School has stolen my passion for the things I'm interested in, and I hate it for that."

-Anonymous

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 16th

(sub: no notes)

video "Black Sky: Winning the X-Prize"

  DUE: 20 things you learned on a sheet of notebook paper 
Tuesday, 17th one last day for KSP     
Wednesday, 18th

L&D: Phone Home

mini-project: Sci-Fi aliens in real life? 

LO18.3: Identify the most promising sites for life elsewhere in the solar system, and explain why they are promising

LO18.4: Summarize the various probabilities used to estimate the number of advanced civilizations that might exist in our galaxy

Read 18.2 - 18.3,

CST #4-11 P #3,5 (due Friday) 

Thursday, 19th

L&D cont'd

class time for HW 

   
Friday, 20th

HW check @ bell

mini-project presentations

QUIZ 

  DUE: Chap 18 HW 

 

 

9 - 13 May 2016

 

"One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year."

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 9th Kerbal Space Program     
Tuesday, 10th Kerbal Space Program      
Wednesday, 11th Kerbal Space Program      
Thursday, 12th Kerbal Space Program
   
Friday, 13th Kerbal Space Program
  DUE: Demonstration of orbit and safe recovery of pilot 

 

 

2 - 6 May 2016

 

"If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day."

-John Archibald Wheeler

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 2nd Kerbal Space Program  
  • get spacecraft into orbit
  • do some science
  • land & recover spacecraft & crew safely
  • complete ~18 contracts 
due Wednesday, 11 May 

Tuesday, 3rd

(no notes: sub)

Kerbal Space Program     
Wednesday, 4th Kerbal Space Program     
Thursday, 5th Kerbal Space Program     
Friday, 6th Kerbal Space Program
 
 

 

 

25 - 29 April 2016

 

"A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."

-George Wald

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 25th Review for Test     
Tuesday, 26th TEST: Neutron Stars and Black Holes (Chapter 13)     
Wednesday, 27th Kerbal Space Program (KSP) tutorial
  • launch my rocket to greater and greater altitudes
  • launch my rocket to greater and greater ranges 
  • launch my rocket into orbit  
  • safely land and recover my rocket after re-entry 
 
Thursday, 28th KSP     
Friday, 29th KSP     

 

 

18 - 22 April 2016

 

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."

-Mark Twain

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 18th

L&D: Black Holes

video cont'd: Einstein Revealed 

   
Tuesday, 19th

L&D: Black Holes

video cont'd: Einstein Revealed 

   
Wednesday, 20th

HW check @ bell

QUIZ (13.5-13.8)

video cont'd (?) 

  DUE: HW 
Thursday, 21st Game: Stellar Journey     
Friday, 22nd

Game Stellar Journey 

finish video: Einstein Revealed

 

 

 

 

11 - 15 April 2016

 

“Twinkle, twinkle little star

I don’t wonder what you are

For by the spectroscopic ken

I know you are hydrogen.”

-Lewis Fry Richardson

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 11th L&D: Gamma Ray bursts 

L02b: Explain how pulsars provide evidence for the existence of neutron stars.

L03: List and explain some of the observable properties of neutron star binary systems.

L04a: Outline the basic characteristics of gamma ray bursts.

L04b: Outline the leading theoretical attempts to explain gamma ray bursts. 

 

Tuesday, 12th

(sub: no notes)

video: Black Holes the Utimate Abyss    DUE: video sheet 
Wednesday, 13th

HW check and review

QUIZ: 13.1 - 13.4

video: Einstein revealed

  DUE: HW 
Thursday, 14th

"LAB": S'mores on a Rubens Tube

L&D: "Well they ain't black and they ain't holes"  

LO5a: Describe Einstein's theories of relativity.

LO5b: Explain how they relate to neutron stars and black holes.

LO6a: Explain how black holes are formed.

LO6b: Describe their effects on matter and radiation in their vicinity.

LO7: Relate the phenomena that occur near black holes to the warping of space around them.

LO8a: Describe the difficulties in observing black holes.

LO8b: List some ways in which black holes can be detected.  

Read 13.5 - 13.8

CST #4-7, 12-13 (due Wednesday)

 
Friday, 15th

L&D cont'd

video: Einstein revealed 

   

 

 

4 - 8 April 2016

 

"You can always become better."

-Tiger Woods

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 4th

-voting on topics

Video: "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?" 

  • summarize and evaluate scientific arguments
 
-video sheet (due Wednesday)  
Tuesday, 5th Video: "Mythbusters: Moon Myths"     -video sheet (due Wednesday)   
Wednesday, 6th Fishbowl on Moon Landings  
  • effectively communicate and defend scientific conclusions 
DUE: two video sheets 
Thursday, 7th

TBD (based on Monday;s vote)

L&D: The life, and mostly, death, of stars

mini-LAB: Build your own star

L01a: List the key properties of neutron stars.

L01b: Outline how these strange objects are formed.

L02a: Describe the nature and origin of pulsars.

 
Read 13.1-13.4, CST #1-3,8-11,14,15 (due Wed)
Friday, 8th

mini-LAB: Star-in-a-box

finish L&D

   

 

 

beginning of 4th quarter


SPRING BREAK!! WOOHOO!!


end of 3rd quarter

 

21 - 25 March 2016

 

"So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You'd better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can't rearrange the universe."

-Isaac Asimov (thanks for this quote Annie)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 21st continue work on Space Mission project     
Tuesday, 22nd continue work on Space Mission project      
Wednesday, 23rd continue work on Space Mission project      
Thursday, 24th Space Mission project presentations    DUE: Presentation and Paper Model 

Friday, 25th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

"We do not see the lens through which we look."

-Ruth Benedict

 

14 - 18 March 2016

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 14th video: Cosmos S01E05 "Hiding in the Light"    DUE: video sheet 

Tuesday, 15th

(no notes)

ACT/PLAN testing day 

Juniors: main gym by 8:15 a.m.

Bring #2 pencils and a calculator

NO CLASS

   
Wednesday, 16th Review for Test     
Thursday, 17th

TEST: Chapter 10

-3" x 5" notecard

-your own calculator 

   
Friday, 18th begin "Space Mission" project    Paper model of spacecraft and brief presentation (due Thursday)

 

 

7 - 11 March 2016

 

"Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and the Force That Pulls Dogs To The Groins Of Strangers."

-Dave Barry

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 7th

class time to finish H-R Diagram gizmo 

L&D: Star size, a new distance method, & star masses

LO10.4: Explain how physical laws can be used to estimate stellar sizes

 

DUE: H-R Diagram gizmo packet 
Tuesday, 8th L&D cont'd

LO10.6: Explain how knowledge of a star's spectroscopic properties can lead to an estimate of its distance

LO10.7: Explain how stellar masses are measured and how mass is related to other stellar properties   

 
Wednesday, 9th video: Cosmos S01E08 "Sisters of the Sun"
  DUE: video sheet 
Thursday, 10th

LAB: Spectroscopic Parallax

  DUE lab packet
Friday, 11th

HW check @ bell

Quiz: 10.4 - 10.7 

  DUE: HW 

 

 

29 February - 4 March 2016

 

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

-Oscar Wilde

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 29th 

class time to finish Star Spectra gizmo

L&D: Magnitude

   
Tuesday, 1st  L&D: The link between Temperature and Color     
Wednesday, 2nd 

HW check @ bell

Quiz on 10.1 - 10.3 

   

Thursday, 3rd

(no notes) 

LAB: Superconductors and low-temperature lactose

 

Read 10.4 - 10.7, CST #3-7,10-12,14,15 P#3-5 (due Wednesday next Friday)
Friday, 4th  LAB: Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (gizmo) 

LO10.5a: Describe how a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram is constructed

LO10.5b: Describe how a H-R diagram is used to identify stellar properties

H-R Diagram gizmo packet (due Monday

 

 

22 - 26 February 2016

 

"Nnoooo...not the magnet!"

-Bender

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 22nd

(sub: no notes)

video: "Elegant Universe" part 1     

Tuesday, 23rd

(sub: no notes)

video: "Elegant Universe" part 2     
Wednesday, 24th  L&D: Twinkle, twinkle

LO10.1: Explain how stellar distances are determined

LO10.2a: Distinguish between luminosity and apparent brightness

LO10.2b: Explain how stellar luminosity is determined

LO10.3: Describe how stars are classified according to their colors, surface temperatures, and spectral characteristics

Read Chap 10.1 - 10.3

R&D #1-3,5

CST #1,2,8,9,15

P #1 (due Wednesday)

Thursday, 25th 

L&D cont'd: Twinkle, twinkle...

LAB: Spectroscopic Ken part 1

   
Friday, 26th  LAB: Star Spectra (gizmo)    lab packet (due Monday)

 

 

15 - 19 February 2016

 

"Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do, but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it."

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 15th

(no notes

 NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 16th 

L&D: Gravitational Waves

   
Wednesday, 17th  LAB: Constellation Project  
  • decorate our classroom with science! 
 
Thursday, 18th  Review for Test     
Friday, 19th 

TEST: Chapter 0

-3" x 5" notecard

-your own calculator 

   

 

 

8 - 12 February 2016

 

"But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."

-Stephen Hawking

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 8th 

video on GAIA and HIPPARCOS

LAB: Relationships between parallax, distance and baseline

 

 
Tuesday, 9th 

brief L&D: What is Science?

 

LO06a: Distinguish between scientific theories, hypotheses, and observations

LO06b: Describe how scientists combine observation, theory, and testing to understand the universe 

 
Wednesday, 10th 

HW check @ bell

Quiz on 0.3 - 0.5 

  DUE: 0.3-0.5 HW 
Thursday, 11th 

LAB: Parallax Explorer  

LAB: Constellation project

Parent-Teacher Conferences

4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

   

Friday, 12th

(no notes

Parent-Teacher Conferences

8:00 a.m. - Noon

NO SCHOOL! 

   

 

 

1 - 5 February 2016

 

"There are three kinds of men. The one who learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence by themselves."

-Will Rogers

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 1st  video: Cosmos "When Knowledge Conquered Fear"

 

DUE: video notes 
Tuesday, 2nd 

HW check @ bell

QUIZ on 0.1 to 0.2 

  DUE: HW (0.1-0.2) 
Wednesday, 3rd 

L&D: It's the end of the world as we know it  

begin LAB: 3D Eclipse (gizmo)

LO04a: Explain the changing appearance of the Moon. 

LO04b: Describe how the relative motions of Earth, the Sun, and the Moon lead to eclipses.  

 

Read 0.3-0.5, CST #7,10-12,14-15 &  P #5,7 (due Monday)

 

Thursday, 4th 

brief L&D: Drawing eclipses

finish LAB: 3D Eclipse (gizmo)

 
DUE: Gizmo packet
Friday, 5th 

L&D: Up above the world so high

LO05: Give an example of how simple geometric reasoning can be used to measure the distances and sizes of otherwise inaccessible objects.   

 

 

25 - 29 January 2016

 

"The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible."

-Alan Rickman

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 25th 

brief L&D: Retro is the New Black

LAB: The Rotating Sky  

LO02a Describe the celestial sphere.

LO02b Explain how astronomers use constellations and angular measurement to locate objects in the sky.

LO03a Account for the apparent motion of the Sun and stars in terms of the Earth's actual motion.

Read 0.1 - 0.2, CST #1-6,8,9,13 (due Tuesday
Tuesday, 26th  continue working on Rotating Sky lab     
Wednesday, 27th 

ACT Practice for all Juniors 

finish working on Rotating Sky lab    

   
Thursday, 28th 

L&D: To everything, turn, turn, turn....

LO03b Explain how the axial tilt of our planet causes the seasons.    DUE: Rotating Sky lab packet 
Friday, 29th 

LAB: Seasons - Why do we have them? (gizmo) 

 
 

 

 

18 - 22 January 2016

 

"Well begun is half done."

-Aristotle

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 

Monday, 18th

(no notes

NO SCHOOL!     

Tuesday, 19th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!!     
Wednesday, 20th  L&D: Intro to Astronomy, syllabus, safety 
  • Express how insignificant I am ;) 

 

LO01a: Arrange the basic levels of structure in the universe in order of increasing size.

-get safety contract signed by parent/guardian (due Friday

Thursday, 21st 

brief L&D: Scale

(Universe Scale)

(1 pixel Moon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
-Solar system scale drawings (due Friday
Friday, 22nd 

continue Solar system scale drawings 

 

DUE: Solar System scale drawings

 

 

beginning of 3rd quarter


end of 2nd quarter

 

 

11 - 15 January 2016

 

"I've heard a rumour from Ground Control. Oh no, don't say it's true."

David Bowie

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 11th 

L&D: Phone Home

mini-project: Sci-Fi aliens in real life?

   
Tuesday, 12th 

mini-project presentations

review for Test

   

Wednesday, 13th

(no notes)

NO CLASS! 

   
Thursday, 14th 

review for Test cont'd

TEST: Telescopes, Cosmology, ETs

-Chaps 3,17,18

-open notes or textbook

   

Friday, 15th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     

 

 

4 - 8 January 2016

 

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better [person]."

-Benjamin Franklin

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 4th  Video: Cosmology   DUE: picture of sun 
Tuesday, 5th  L&D: The BIG Picture

LO1a: State the cosmological principle.

LO1b: Explain its significance and observational underpinnings.

LO2a: Describe the Big Bang theory of the universe.

LO2b: Explain why the night sky is dark.

LO3a: Outline the factors that determine whether the universe will expand forever.

LO3b: Explain the connection between the density of the universe and the overall geometry of space.

LO4a: Describe the observational evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

LO4b: Discuss the role of dark energy in that acceleration.

Read 17.1 - 17.4 
Wednesday, 6th 

L&D cont'd

   
Thursday, 7th 

L&D cont'd

class time for HW

   
Friday, 8th 

HW check @ bell

Quiz 

   

 

 

14 - 18 December 2015

 

"With luck, it might even snow for us."

-Haruki Murakami

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 14th  KSP cont'd     
Tuesday, 15th  KSP cont'd     
Wednesday, 16th  KSP cont'd 

 

 
Thursday, 17th  KSP cont'd     
Friday, 18th  KSP finished
  DUE: KSP career 

 

 

7 - 11 December 2015

 

"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."

-Baron Henry Peter Brougham

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 7th 

Kerbal Space Program 

-download and install

 

 
Tuesday, 8th  Kerbal Space Program 
  • launch a payload to greater and greater altitudes
  • launch a payload to greater and greater ranges 
 
Wednesday, 9th  Kerbal Space Program 
  • launch a payload into orbit  
 
Thursday, 10th  Kerbal Space Program 
  • safely land and recover a payload after re-entry
 
Friday, 11th  Kerbal Space Program tutorial (finally...)  
 

 

 

30 November - 4 December 2015

 

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

-Carl Sagan

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 30th  L&D: Telescopes  LO2: Explain why larger telescopes gather more light and can make more detailed images  Read Chapter 3, CST #1-15 
Tuesday, 1st  video: National Geographic "Big, Bigger, Biggest: Telescope"     
Wednesday, 2nd  L&D: Space and non-optical Telescopes     
Thursday, 3rd 

L&D cont'd

class time for HW

   
Friday, 4th 

HW check at bell

QUIZ on telescopes 

  DUE: HW 

 

 

23 - 27 November 2015

 

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 23rd  class time to work on telescope    
Tuesday, 24th 

Quiz: Raytracing

L&D: Telescopes 

LO1a: Describe how optical telescopes work

LO1b: Specify the advantages of reflecting telescopes over refractors

 
Wednesday, 25th  NO SCHOOL!    
Thursday, 26th  NO SCHOOL!!    
Friday, 27th  NO SCHOOL!!!    

 

 

16 - 20 November 2015

 

"I can calculate the motion of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."

-Isaac Newton (Solar System)

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 16th 

-L&D: "The lens through which we look"

ray tracing videos:

converging

converging2

diverging  

  • compare and contrast the image and the object viewed through a lens
  • draw ray tracing diagrams for converging and diverging lenses
 
Read Chapter 3 
Tuesday, 17th  more raytracing practice 
   
Wednesday, 18th 

more raytracing practice 

Virtual Lens Lab

 

DUE: both raytracing sheets 
Thursday, 19th 

telescope construction 

 

 
Friday, 20th  telescope use

LO1a: Describe how optical telescopes work

LO1b: Specify the advantages of reflecting telescopes over refractors

LO2: Explain why larger telescopes gather more light and can make more detailed images  

 

 

 

9 - 13 November 2015

 

"Before I came here I was confused about this subject. Having listened to your lecture I am still confused. But on a higher level."

-Enrico Fermi

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 9th 

HW review

L&D: continued

  DUE: HW from last week 
Tuesday, 10th 

L&D: continued

Quiz: 13.5-13.8 

   
Wednesday, 11th 

Review for test

-independent using online book

   
Thursday, 12th  Review for Test    
Friday, 13th 

TEST: Neutron Stars and Black Holes (Chapter 13)

   

 

 

2 - 6 November 2015

 

"The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction, when it could be turned into momentum."

-Frances Willard

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 2nd  video: "Einstein Revealed"     
Tuesday, 3rd  video: "Einstein Revealed"   

Read 13.5 - 13.8

CST #4-7, 12-13

Wednesday, 4th  video: "Einstein Revealed"     
Thursday, 5th  L&D: "Well they ain't black and they ain't holes" 

LO5a: Describe Einstein's theories of relativity.

LO5b: Explain how they relate to neutron stars and black holes.

LO6a: Explain how black holes are formed.

LO6b: Describe their effects on matter and radiation in their vicinity.

LO7: Relate the phenomena that occur near black holes to the warping of space around them.

LO8a: Describe the difficulties in observing black holes.

LO8b: List some ways in which black holes can be detected. 

 
Friday, 6th  L&D continued    

 

 

beginning of 2nd quarter 


end of 1st quarter

 

26 - 30 October 2015

 

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

-Werner Heisenberg

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 26th  class time to finish "Space Mission" project     
Tuesday, 27th  "Space Mission" presentations begin   DUE: Space Mission presentation 
Wednesday, 28th 

"Space Mission" presentations conclude

LAST DAY OF 1st QUARTER 

  DUE: Space Mission paper model 

Thursday, 29th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!     

Friday, 30th

(no notes

NO SCHOOL!!     

 

 

19 - 23 October 2015

 

"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

-Carl Sagan

 

DAY

(click for Notes

ACTIVITIES 

TOPIC/TARGET

(I can...

ASSIGNMENTS 
Monday, 19th 

L&D: Gamma Ray bursts 

begin work on Project: Model and Presentation on a "Space Mission"

   
Tuesday, 20th  class time for project and/or HW    
Wednesday, 21st 

Qs on HW?

Quiz 

  DUE: Chap 13: CST #1-3, 8-11, 14-15 
Thursday, 22nd  class time to work on "Space Mission" project

 

paper model (due Wednesday, 28 Oct)

presentations (due Tuesday, 27 Oct)

Friday, 23rd

(no notes)

class time to work on "Space Mission" project
   

 

 

12 - 16 October 2015

 

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing."

-Wernher von Braun

 

DAY

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Monday, 12th  L&D: The life and, mostly, death of stars 

L01a: List the key properties of neutron stars.

L01b: Outline how these strange objects are formed.

L02a: Describe the nature and origin of pulsars.

L02b: Explain how pulsars provide evidence for the existence of neutron stars.

L03: List and explain some of the observable properties of neutron star binary systems.

L04a: Outline the basic characteristics of gamma ray bursts.

L04b: Outline the leading theoretical attempts to explain gamma ray bursts.

 

 

Tuesday, 13th 

LAB: Build Your Own Star

Parent-Teacher Conferences

4:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Main Gym

No appt. necessary 

   

Wednesday, 14th

(no notes)

NO SCHOOL!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

8:00 - Noon in classrooms

No appt. necessary  

   

Thursday, 15th

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NO SCHOOL!!     

Friday, 16th

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NO SCHOOL!!!      

 

 

 

5 - 9 October 2015

 

"The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life."

-Ernest Renan

 

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Monday, 5th 

-Test debrief

-vote on next topics 

   
Tuesday, 6th  Video: "Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?"
  • summarize and evaluate scientific arguments
 
-video sheet (due Thursday
Wednesday, 7th  Video: "Mythbusters: Moon Myths"    -video sheet (due Thursday)  
Thursday, 8th  Fishbowl on Moon Landings 
  • effectively communicate and defend scientific conclusions 
DUE: two video sheets 
Friday, 9th  Video "Black Holes: The Ultimate Abyss"  

DUE: video sheet 

Read 13.1 - 13.4

CST #1-3, 8-11, 14-15

(due Wed, 21 Oct)

 

 

28 September - 2 October 2015

 

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is."

-Yogi Berra (misattributed?)

 

DAY

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Monday, 28th 

Qs on HW?

QUIZ on 0.4 - 0.5 

  DUE: HW 
Tuesday, 29th 

video on GAIA and HIPPARCOS

 

 
 
Wednesday, 30th  Review for Test   DUE: GAIA model 
Thursday, 1st  Review for Test     
Friday, 2nd

TEST: Chapter 0

3" x 5" card

your own calculator

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 - 25 September 2015

 

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

-Isaac Newton

 

DAY

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Monday, 21st 

Qs on HW?

QUIZ on 0.1 - 0.3 

  DUE: HW (leave in notebook) 
Tuesday, 22nd  L&D: "Up above the world so high"  LO05: Give an example of how simple geometric reasoning  can be used to measure the distances and sizes of otherwise inaccessible objects Read 17-21  CST #7,14,15, P #7-10 (due Monday)
Wednesday, 23rd  LAB: Parallax Explorer    DUE: lab sheet 
Thursday, 24th 

L&D: What is Science? 

 

LO06a: Distinguish between scientific theories, hypotheses, and observations

LO06b: Describe how scientists combine observation, theory, and testing to understand the universe

 
Friday, 25th 

LAB: Relationships between parallax, distance and baseline

class time to work on HW 

   

 

 

14 - 18 September

 

"I like physics. I think it is the best science out of all three of them, because generally it's more useful. You learn about speed and velocity and time, and that's all clever stuff."

-Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

 

DAY

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Monday, 14th  L&D: Intro to new textbook and online resources 

 

 

Read Chapter 0,1-0.3, Conceptual Self-Test (CST) #1-13 (skip 7), Problems (P) 1-6 (due Friday
Tuesday, 15th 

L&D: The Obvious View

start LAB: Seasons - Why do we have them?

LO01: Arrange the basic levels of structure in the universe in order of increasing size.

LO02a: Describe the celestial sphere.

LO02b: Explain how astronomers use constellations and angular measurement to locate objects in the sky.

LO03a: Account for the apparent motions of the Sun and the stars in terms of Earth's actual motion.

LO04a: Explain the changing appearance of the Moon. 

 
Wednesday, 16th 

finish Seasons lab

start LAB: 3D eclipse 

LO03b: Explain how the axial tilt of our planet causes the seasons.  DUE: Seasons lab sheet 

Thursday, 17th

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continue 3D eclipse lab LO04b: Describe how the relative motions of Earth, the Sun, and the Moon lead to eclipses.  DUE: 3D Eclipse lab sheet 
Friday, 18th 

Finish Seasons and Eclipse labs

  DUE: both lab packets

 

 

7 - 11 September 2015

 

"You don't use science to show that you're right, you use science to become right."

-Randall Munroe

 

DAY

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Monday, 7th  NO SCHOOL!     
Tuesday, 8th  class time to finish diameter of Sun lab    DUE: lab data
Wednesday, 9th  Video: Cosmos "When Knowledge Conquered Fear"    DUE: video sheet 
Thursday, 10th  review for quiz     
Friday, 11th  QUIZ: Scale, Solar System, Rotating Sky     

 

 

31 August - 4 September 2015

 

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

-Albert Einstein

 

DAY

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Monday, 31st 

brief L&D: Astronomical coordinate systems

-continue working on Rotating Sky Lab 

   
Tuesday, 1st  continue working on Rotating Sky Lab      
Wednesday, 2nd 

finish Rotating Sky lab

L&D: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are" 

 

E.2.1 State that fusion is the main energy source of stars

 

DUE: Rotating Sky Lab
Thursday, 3rd  L&D: cont'd

E.2.2 Explain that, in a stable star (for example, our Sun), there is an equilibrium between radiation pressure and gravitational pressure.

E.2.3 Define the luminosity of a star.

E.2.4 Define apparent brightness and state how it is measured.  

 
Friday, 4th  LAB: Estimating the Sun's diameter 

 

DUE: lab sheet  

 

 

24 - 28 August 2015

 

"In Science, there is only Physics, all the rest is stamp collecting."

-Ernest Rutherford (who, btw, won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)

 

DAY

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Monday, 24th  L&D: Intro to Astronomy, syllabus, safety 
  • Express how insignificant I am ;) 

-get safety contract signed by parent/guardian (due Wednesday

-get a scientific calculator and write your name on it (due Friday) 

Tuesday, 25th 

L&D: Intro to the Universe, nbd

(Universe Scale)

 

 

 
  • Outline the general structure of the solar system

 

 
-Solar system scale drawings (due Thursday
Wednesday, 26th 

continue Solar system scale drawings

 

 

 

Thursday, 27th  finish Solar system scale drawings   DUE: Solar system scale drawings 
Friday, 28th 

brief L&D: Retro is the New Black

LAB: The Rotating Sky 


  • Describe the apparent motion of the stars/constellations over a period of a night and over a period of a year, and explain these observations in terms of the rotation and revolution of the Earth.  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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