Welcome to Mr. Hoover's Astronomy!

‍Course Information:

3rd Hour: Room E-2 (Groves)
Class Syllabus

Useful Information and Web links:

Daily Moon rise/set Times

REMINDER: The final exam review is due Monday and will be a grade. You must follow the instructions that were handed out on Wednesday.

*Quick Links to Light Powerpoint Notes (To help you study)*

Light Intro
Light continued Powerpoint
Blackbody and Spectra Powerpoint
Lenses and Mirrors
Land Based Telescopes
Space Based Telescopes




Daily Classwork:


Week of
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11/26
*NO SCHOOL
-Introduction
- Discuss Syllabus
- Student survery (complete and turn in)
- Class brainstorming/Questions
What do we know?
What do we want to know?
HW: Signed Syllabus (Due Friday)
- Discuss azimuth and altitude
- Build and learn to use Solar Motion Demonstrator (SMD)
- Use SMD to answer the associated questions
- Handout "Daytime Sky" packet
HW: Read p. 1-6 in "Daytime Sky" packet, complete Angular Motion of the Sun questions
- Homework check-in
- Discuss SMD results from yesterday
- Assign reading of p. 10 - 11 in packet handed out yesterday
- Discuss/go over homework
- Night-time sky notes
Nighttime sky powerpoint
Due: Signed syllabus
12/3
- Review night-time sky
- collect homework
- Distance Measurements/Sky Measurements notes
Sky/Distance Ratio PP
Sky Measurements
- Research constellation project
- Research constellation project
- Constellation Motion Lab
- Handout and assign moon journal
- Begin Constellation Project presentations
- Watched video Stargazing nin the Northern Hemisphere, looking North
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
*Substitute Teacher most of the day today*
- Watch "Constellations" episode of History channel's The Universe series
- Complete K-W-L during the video (What I Know, Want to Know, and Learned)
- Discussion of the video/ Q and A time
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
12/10
- Finish Constellation Project Presentations
- Hand out and discuss Student Notes -- Phases of the Moon sheet (see diagram at
http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases.phtml)
- Begin Activity #1 -- Modeling the Moon's Motions and Activity #2 The Phases of the Moon and the Earth
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
- Finish last of constellation presentations
- Finish Moon Activities #1 and #2 and begin discussion of the results
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
- Discussion of Moon Activities #1 and #2
- Collected Moon Activities #1 and #2
- handed out moon notes packet
- Moon notes on phases and eclipses
Moon and Eclipses PP
HW:
- Moon Questions
- Moon Journal (due before Winter Break): you may need to look for the mooon in the morning
- study for quiz on Friday (12/14) and Test next Friday (12/22)
- Bell work: label the lunar and solar eclipses on the second page of yesterday's note packet
- Discuss Earthshine
- Discuss daily change in time of moon-rise
- Demo websiteshowing moon rise/set times (use this to help with your moon observations)
- Finish eclipse notes
- Collect homework
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
- Study for quiz
*Quiz*
- Begin seasons activity
HW: Moon Journal (due before Winter Break)
12/17
- Return graded homework/activities and discuss selected questions
- Begin seasons activity (Distance from the sun)
HW: Moon Journal
- Finish seasons activity
- Begin seasons notes (Seasons Powerpoint)
- Click here for Test Review.
HW:
- Moon Journal
- Finish moon chart
- Finish seasons notes (see Powerpoint link from yesterday)
- Finish moon chart
HW: Moon Journal
- Solar Motion Demonstrator Seasons Activity
- Read and discuss 2012 article
HW:
- Study
- Finish Seasons questions and Thinking about Seasons handouts
- Moon Journal
Due:
- Moon Journal (you may finish the moon journal over the break if you haven't done so already, but it will be due the day you return)
- All activities/assignments from this week
*Test 1*
Have a Great Break!!
12/22
WINTER BREAK
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12/31
WINTER BREAK
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WINTER BREAK
- Celestial Sphere Notes (Celestial Sphere Powerpoint)
- Assign Celestial Sphere Questions
HW: None
- Construct Celestial spheres in groups of 2
- Answer Celestial Spheres Questions on handout
- Whiteboard drawing activity
HW: None
1/7-
2013
- Finish whiteboard drawing activity
- Schedule test make-ups for students returning today
- Review using size/distance ratios to determine the size or distance of distant objects
- Assign Chapter 4.1 Practice Problems Size/Distance Ratio
- Check answers with someone on the other side of the room
- Go over Practice Problems
- Read (use talk-to-the-text strategy) and discuss article about recently discovered Earth-like planet
HW: No homework
- Handout Ch. 4 Packet
- Activity 4.1 Estimating Size and Distance
HW:
- Read p 73-75 in packet
- Do self test question #1-2 on p. 81
- Homework questions Set A



1/14
- Listen to a segment of Radiolab's Dark Side of the Earth (click the link if you'd like to hear the rest -- it's about how the two astronauts almost don't make it back into their ship. Once you're at the site, click the "listen" button)
- Activity 4.3 Angular Size and Size/Distance Ratios
Homework:
- Study for Thursday's test
- Finish today's activity


*Test*

1/21





1/28
*SNOW DAY*
- Continue light notes (Light continued Powerpoint)
- Clean Celestial Spheres
HW: Read Chapter 5 (packet handed out in class)
- Discuss yesterday's HW reading and review models of light (wave and particle models)
- Notes on Blackbody Radiation and spectra (Blackbody and Spectra Powerpoint)
- To play with the online simulations used in class use the links below and then click the "Run Now" button
- Color Vision
- Molecules and Light
-Blackbody
Radiation
HW: None
- Finish Atomic Spectra notes
- Doppler Effect Notes
- Update "What I Learned" section of K-W-L sheet
Light Inverse Sqaure Law Lab (Activity 5.1)
2/4
- Discuss Inverse Square Law Lab
- Turn in Inverse Square Law Lab
- Begin Spectrum Lab (handout is titled Astronomy: Spectral Analysis of a Star)
- Finish Spectrum Lab (handout is titled Astronomy: Spectral Analysis of a Star)
- Reflection -Plane and Curved Mirrors Lab
- Begin Refraction--Convex and Concave Lenses Lab
- Finish Refraction--Convex and Concave Lenses Lab
Quiz will be Monday
*SNOW DAY*
2/11
Mr. Hoover out today.
Watch the videos below and complete a K-W-L. Pay particular attention to the types of telescopes discussed.
- Cosmic Vistas – Cosmic Rainbow (about 23 min), http://www.hulu.com/watch/362575
- Cosmic Vistas – Superscopes (about 23 min), http://www.hulu.com/watch/362580
- NOVA Science Now – Saving Hubble (only watch the first segment on the Hubble telescope, around the first 20 min), http://www.hulu.com/watch/263520
Quiz will be tomorrow
*Light Quiz*
- Read Spectroscopy article and answer included questions when finished with quiz
- Begin telescope notes
Land Based Telescopes
HW: Spectroscopy article and questions if not finished
- Finish telescope notes
Space Based Telescopes
- Discuss spectroscopy article
- Practice Test
HW: Finish practice test
*Light, Lenses, & Telescopes Test*
2/18
*MID-WINTER BREAK*
*MID-WINTER BREAK*
*MID-WINTER BREAK*
*MID-WINTER BREAK*
*MID-WINTER BREAK*
2/25
- Review Light, Lenses, & Telescopes Test
- Kepler's Law Notes (Kepler's Laws Powerpoint)
- Begin Making a Model of the Solar System Activity
HW: Finish Making a Model of the Solar System and plot your planet distance data on the graph paper.
- Discuss scale model of the solar system from yesterday
- Discuss scale diameters of the planets
- Assign planets for planetary research (due Thurs)
- Retrograde motion graphing activity
*SNOW DAY*
- Formation of the solar system class notes (Formation of the Solar System Powerpoint)
- Begin discussing the properties of the planets. Each group presents the information for their planet.
3/4
- Finish discussing properties of planets.
- Handout final exam review

HW: Planet Questions
*NO CLASS DUE TO MME TESTING*
- Read and discuss short articles on naming Pluto's new moons and the comet that will be visible next week.
- Go over/discuss Planet Questions
- Handout Instructions for Final Exam Revies
*No seniors due to Senior Seminar*

- Work on Final Exam Review
- Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Notes (Asteroids, Comets, & Meteors Powerpoint)

- Time to work on review