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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    
Chapter 3: Light and telescopes    
Chapter 4: Spectra and atomic structure   Doppler effect video
Chapter 5: Formation of planetary systems    
Chapter 6: Earth and Moon   Chs. 1-6 review questions
Chapter 7: Mercury, Venus, and Mars   planet summary
Chapter 8: Outer planets    
Chapter 9: Asteroids and comets    
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