Research formation of galaxies, formation of star, life cycles of stars, Nebula, Red giant, Planetary Nebula, White Dwarf, Black Dwarf, Supernova, Neutron star, Black hole, Worm hole, Pulsar, Magnetar , Planets, Moon ( and its phases), eclipses, etc.

Week 12-13: Assignment for the week of May 19

Research 40 greatest mysteries of the universe in groups of 4

In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10-15 minutes

 

Week 10-11: Assignment for the week of May 5

Research one or two of top 10 exoplanets

In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10-15 minutes

 

Week 7-8: Assignment for the week of April 21-30

Research one or two of the topics (news stories in 2013)below in pairs and prepare a presentation.

  • Black hole jets
  • Voyage 1 in interstellar space
  • Radiation belt mysteries
  • Milky Way's blac hole distors a gas cloud
  • Planet-hunting machine
  • Dusty snowballs brigten the sky
  • Curiosity finds once-habitable environment on Mars
  • Advanced instruments observe the early universe
  • Supernovae accelerate cosmic rays
  • Once-in-a-century fireball explodes over Russia
  • News stories to watch in 2014
    • The European Space Agency's Rosetta near Comet 67P
    • NASA reactivates Wide-Field infrared survey explorer
    • The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission
    • The Curiosity at Mars' Mount Sharp
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10-15 minutes

 

Week : Assignment for the week of March 31-April 2

Research the moon and its effects on the life on Earth..

Prepare a presentation involving your research.
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10-20 minutes
Week 5: Assignment for the week of March 24-28

Presentations of Research of galaxies, formation of star, life cycles of stars, Nebula, Red giant, Planetary Nebula, White Dwarf, Black Dwarf, Supernova, Neutron star, Black hole, Worm hole, Pulsar, Magnetar , etc.

 
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 20-30 minutes

 

Week 4: Assignment for the week of March 17-21

We will be in the library for the whole week.

Research galaxies, formation of star, life cycles of stars, Nebula, Red giant, Planetary Nebula, White Dwarf, Black Dwarf, Supernova, Neutron star, Black hole, Worm hole, Pulsar, Magnetar , etc.

Prepare a presentation involving your research
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 20-30 minutes

 

Week 3: Assignment for the week of March 10

Magic School Bus: The Planets

Astronomers Video: Dark Matter
 
 

 

Week 2: Assignment for the week of February 24

Research (1) the solar system and (2) the planets

Choose one inner and one outer planet to explore in more depth and prepare a presentation. Your research presentation must include

  • How the solar system and the planets formed
  • What the planets you chose are made of
    • the length of their year
    • the length of their day
    • the number of their moons and what they are made of
    • physical dimensions
    • the distance from the sun and the earth
    • the meaning of their names and how they were given the names
    • their place in human culture and society
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10-15 minutes

 

Week 1: Assignment for the week of February 17

Research (1) the scientific theories about the beginning of the universe (2) creation mythologies.

Choose one of the creation mythologies you found and research it in more depth. Prepare a brief presentation for Monday, February 17. Your presentation must include a discussion of

  • What the myth does and does not explain
    • What metaphors are used in the myth
    • What do these metaphors represent
    • How do these metaphors relate to the environment and the culture the myth comes from
  • What the scientific theory does and does not explain
    • Does the scientific theory depend on the culture and the environment it comes from
  • In what ways are the scientific theory and the myth similar and in what ways are they different
  • Which one is more colorful, the scientific theory or your myth
  • Which one does a better job of explaining what we observe about the universe
  • Are these two approaches to looking at the same universe exclusive
In your presentation, you may use any visual aid you feel you need to explain your points, such as posters, slides, videos, etc.
Time: about 10 minutes

 

 

 

 

Final Individual/Group Research/Presentation to determine the final exam and overall final grade for the course.: Although this will be done in groups, you will receive individual grades based on your participation and involvement in the project.

Your grade will be determined primarily by your presentation including interactions with the audience, secondarily by your research work and your involvement in other presentations as a part of audience such as asking and answering questions.

 

Write three Reflection Letters and email them to me. Your reflection letters will be graded out of 5 points and will receive full credit as long as it meets the criteria below.

Reflection 1: List minimum three things that you would change about the course to improve learning. This reflection must have evidence and must be done analytically and rationally, not emotionally.

Reflection 2: List minimum three things that you would not change about the course because it helps learning. This reflection must have evidence and must be done analytically and rationally, not emotionally.

Reflection 3:What are your overall feelings about the course? This reflection can be rational and/or emotional.

 

 

 

A Tentative List of Topics

Night Sky
Observational Astronomy
    The Nature of light and telescopes
    Hubble telescope
The Earth
The Moon
The Sun
The Planets
Meteors, Asteroids, Comets
The Milky Way
The light year, second, etc
Motion of Planets
    Eclipses
    Newton's Laws
    Kepler's Laws
Gravity and other forces
The birth, life, and death of stars
History of Astronomy
Backyard Astronomy
    Constellations
    Planetary configurations
    Motions of planets
Keeping time
    Year, month, minutes, etc.
Cosmology
Evolution of Universe
    Where did it all come from?
    Expansion of Universe
Multiverse
    Are there other universes?

 

 

Links

http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/wonders-with-brian-cox Wonders of the Universe.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html  picture of the day
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/
http://www.astronomynow.com/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/space_time/
http://www.astronomycast.com/
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy.html
http://www.astro.washington.edu/
http://www.noao.edu/
http://astronomylinks.com/
http://www.iau.org/
http://phys.org/space-news/astronomy/
http://www.sidewalkastronomers.us/
http://www.nrao.edu/
http://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/astronomy
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/podcasts/astronomy/
http://www.astronomy.com/
http://www.astrosociety.org/
http://www.uacnj.org/