Course Schedule

Lab and Class Activities will be due at the conclusion of the class period. In some cases, you may be allowed an additional 24 hours to submit.

Concept quizzes are posted on Blackboard. Deadlines are most Wednesdays at 2 PM. In a few cases, the deadlines fall on other days.

Service Learning Preparations will be completed in class. Reflections and Assessments are due on Mondays at after a visit to Wolfe Street Academy, at 2 PM, via Blackboard.

Week   Preparatory lecture and/or reading in
online text
In class  Deadlines
1- Jan. 31
M Course Introduction


Science and the
Universe, Ch. 1

Complete Survey: “What are you most interested in learning about in this course?”

Complete Form:
Service Learning Commitment

Activity: Scales of the Solar System

W Science and the
Universe, Ch. 1

Observing the Sky,
Ch. 2
UNL simulations:
  • Alt/Az demonstrator
  • Coordinate Systems Comparison
  • RA/Dec Demonstrator

Tutorial: Position

UNL simulation: Sun’s motion demonstrator

Planetarium

2- Feb. 7
M Observing the Sky,
Ch. 2

Planetarium

Tutorials: Position, Diurnal motion

UNL simulations:
  • Ptolemaic (geocentric) Phases of Venus vs. (heliocentric) Phases of Venus
  • Ptolemaic (geocentric) orbit of Mars vs. (heliocentric) Retrograde motion

UNL: Ecliptic (Zodiac) Simulator

Wolfe Street Academy Volunteer Form: 2 PM
W Observing the Sky,
Ch.2
Earth, Moon, & Sky (through Seasons)
Ch. 4

Tutorial: Seasonal stars

UNL: Seasons Simulator

Tutorial: Seasons

Lab: Celestial sphere

Concept quiz 1: 2 PM
F Questions for Ms. Leah Beachley due at noon
3- Feb. 14
M Earth, Moon, & Sky
Ch. 4
Class Zoom meeting with Ms. Leah Beachley from Wolfe Street Academy

UNL: Lunar Phases
Simulator

Tutorials: Cause of Moon phases, Predicting Moon phases
Due 2 PM:
Contribution to Daily versus Annual Motion summary
Seasonal Stars tutorial
Celestial sphere lab
Due 11:59 PM:
Seasons tutorial
W Earth, Moon, & Sky,
Ch. 4

Orbits & Gravity, Ch. 3

Lab: Moon Phases

UNL: Planetary Orbit simulator

Concept quiz 2: 2 PM
4- Feb. 21
M Orbits & Gravity, Ch. 3 Due 2 PM:
Moon Phases tutorials
Moon Phases lab
W

Orbits & Gravity, Ch. 3

Light & Atoms, Ch. 5

Lab: Kepler’s Laws Concept quiz 3: 2 PM
F

Concept quiz 4: 2 PM

Due 11:59 PM: Kepler’s Law lab

5- Feb. 28
M Unit 1 Exam
55 minutes, class resumes at 2:55



Light & Atoms, Ch. 5

Tutorial: Electromagnetic Spectrum

UNL: Blackbody Curves, Hydrogen Atom

 
W Light & Atoms, Ch. 5

UNL: Three Views of a Spectrum

Tutorial: Types of Spectra

Lab: Spectroscopy

6- Mar. 7
M Light & Atoms, Ch. 5

Preparation for WSA Visit #1

Tutorial: Doppler Shift

W Wolfe Street Academy Visit #1

Preparation #1: 2:00 PM

Concept quiz 5: 2 PM

F

Concept quiz 5: 11:59 PM

Due 11:59 PM:
Spectroscopy lab
(1 report per pair)
EM Spectrum tutorial
Types of Spectra tutorial

7- Mar. 14
M Telescopes &
Astronomical
Instruments, Ch. 6

UNL: Telescope Simulator, CCD Simulator, EM Spectrum Module

 

Lab: Telescopes

Reflection #1: 11:59 PM

Assessment #1: 11:59 PM (Assess group only)

W Telescopes &
Astronomical
Instruments, Ch. 6Properties of Stars
Ch. 19.1, 19.2, 17

Concept quiz 6: 2 PM 11:59 PM

Reflection #1: 11:59 PM

Assessment #1: 11:59 PM (Assess group only)

F Spectroscopy AND Telescopes labs due 11:59 PM
8- Mar.21
Spring Break
9- Mar. 28
M Properties of Stars,
Ch. 17, 18.1The Sun, Ch. 15, 16

Tutorial: Luminosity, Temperature, & Size

Preparation for WSA Visit #2

 
W Wolfe Street Academy Visit #2

Concept quiz 7: 2 PM

Preparation #2: 2 PM

F

Concept quiz 7: 11:59 PM

Luminosity, Temperature, Size tutorial due 11:59 PM

10- Apr. 4
M

Solar System Worlds, Ch. 8

Star & Planet
Formation, Ch. 14.3, 14.4, 21

Tutorial: Solar System Formation
W Life in the Universe,
Ch. 30

Exoplanets, Ch. 21

 

Lab: Exoplanets

 

Reflection #2: 11:59 PM

Assessment #2: 11:59 PM (Assess groups only)

Concept quiz 8: 11:59 PM

F Concept quiz 9: 11:59 PM
11- Apr. 11
M Unit 2 Exam
class resumes after exam


Earth as a Planet, Ch. 8

 

 

 
W

Interiors & Surfaces of the terrestrials

Earth as a Planet, Ch. 8

Venus & Mars, Ch. 10

Exoplanets lab due 11:59 PM
F Concept quiz 10: 2 PM
12- Apr. 18
M

Atmospheres of the terrestrials

Earth as a Planet, Ch. 8

Venus & Mars, Ch. 10

Tutorial: Greenhouse Effect

Lab: Greenhouse Effect

Prep for WSA Visit #3

 
W Wolfe Street Academy Visit #3 Preparation #3: 2 PM
13- Apr. 25
M Cratered Worlds, Ch. 9

Activity: Moon formation debate

Preparation for WSA Visit #4

Reflection #3: 11:59 PM

Assessment #3: 11:59 PM (Assess group only)

W Wolfe Street Academy Visit #4 Preparation #4: 2 PM
F

Concept quiz 11: 11:59 PM

Due 11:59 PM:
Greenhouse Effect tutorial
Greenhouse Effect lab

14- May 2
M The Giant Planets,
Ch. 11

Reflection #4: 11:59 PM

Assessment #4: 11:59 PM (Assess group only)

W Rings, Moons, & Pluto, Ch. 12

Lab: Moons of Jupiter

Activity: Pluto debate

F Concept quiz 12: 11:59 PM
15- May 9
M Unit 3 Exam
class resumes after exam

Comets & Asteroids, Ch. 13

Activity: Recipe for a Comet

Preparation for WSA Visit #5

W Wolfe Street Academy Visit #5 Preparation #5: 2 PM
F

Concept quiz 13: 11:49 PM

Extra Credit: 11:59 PM

Moons of Jupiter lab due 11:59 PM

16- May 16
M Meteorites: Cosmic Samples, Ch. 14.1, 14.2

Activity: Comets, Asteroids, Meteorites Compare & Contrast

Meteorite or Meteorwrong?

Reflection #5: 11:59 PM

Assessment #5: 11:59 PM (Assess group only)

T Review session for final exam Concept quiz 14 and 15: 11:59 PM
W May 18 Final Exam 3-5 PM