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Technical Paper Excerpts Due 1/14

posted Jan 10, 2019, 9:57 AM by Nikhil Joshi

Your rough draft for the technical paper excerpt is due Monday 1/14. The goal of the excerpt is for each of you to demonstrate you understand how to write clear technical content for a scientific or technical paper. You don';t have to write a complete paper, just an expert that contains the major elements of technical document - namely prose, supporting diagrams, figures, or data, and supporting mathematical content.

The excerpt must comply with the following requirements:
  1. No more than 3 pages of content.
  2. The excerpt must include several paragraphs of written content explaining a part of the work you did in the solar physics project. For example, computing the solar luminosity and mass, or the logic used to compute the lifetime of the sun. The content must explain a technical concept - it can't be the introduction, or conclusion to the paper.
  3. Each partner must write an excerpt that refers to a different part of the paper. I suggest one partner discuss aspects of computing the AU, or luminosity and mass, and the other partner discuss solar lifespan and energy sources.
  4. The written content must be supported by both a diagram or graph, and an equation. The written content must reference the supporting content.
  5. The diagram must have a descriptive caption.

Oct 29th-30th Activities

posted Oct 26, 2018, 11:04 AM by Nikhil Joshi

29th: Watch Nova: Secrets of the Sun on Youtube.

30th: Chapter 2&3 Test

Project Answers (Key)

posted Oct 22, 2018, 11:42 AM by Nikhil Joshi

Here are the correct answers to everything after you compute your AU.

Quantity (units) Accepted AU Class AU
AU (m) 1.50E+11 2.14E+11
Luminosity (W) 3.82E+26 7.83E+26
Solar Mass (kg) 1.99E+30 5.82E+30
chemical life (yrs) 2.21E+03 3.17E+03
grav life (yrs) 3.14E+07 1.32E+08
fusion life (yrs) 1.01E+11 1.44E+11
Pressure (atm) 2.22E+11 1.90E+12
Temperature (K) 1.63E+07 1.40E+08

Class AU Values

posted Oct 4, 2018, 9:51 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 10:31 AM ]

The class average AU was 2.14E11m or 1.42 AU

Please submit your computed AU in meters.

Astro Student Survey

posted Sep 10, 2018, 10:23 AM by Nikhil Joshi

Presentation Schedule

posted Jun 12, 2018, 12:35 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 1:10 PM ]

Rooms A, B, and C are the conference rooms on the first floor as marked.

Room ARoom BRoom C
JudgesSpring Beasley
Desirae Toth
Dan Hrehov
R. Jeffrey Wilkes
Oliver Fraser, Larry Timmons, Keyuri Raodeo
1:30-1:50Demaree, KirbyHadley, WhiteBader, Champlin, Richards
2:00-2:20Sangani, WhitlockTa, TonellaHeidal, Jerome
2:30-2:50Ayon, Jenner ( Judges go to Room C )Derrer, Pahl

Hot Topic Draft Requirements

posted Apr 23, 2018, 3:14 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 1:32 PM ]

After studying the assigned chapter and questions, you will investigate current astronomical research that applies to the chapter content. Current means anything within the last calendar year. For example, if you're studying stellar evolution, look for current research that has been done on stellar evolution. Good sources for research news and results are

Pick some recent work pertaining to the chapter that you find interesting and create a 1 page hot-topic poster no larger than 11"x17". The poster may be portrait or landscape and must contain the following sections.
  1. Title - "Astronomers discover...<brief results of research>
  2. Abstract - several sentence summary of research arcticle
  3. Background/Key Concepts content from chapter that applies to the research, necessary to know so you can understand the research
  4. Summary of research
    • what was/is the current understanding of the topic
    • what new work was done, how is it different from previous work or how does it extend on previous work
    • what were the new results
    • why are the results important/interesting
    • what is still not known, what new questions arise, what remains to be done
      5. Citations (APA)

you must provide APA citation of research article(s), diagrams, etc. you must provide engaging visuals, diagrams throughout, equations as necessary in addition to your narrative/explanator text. You may use multiple articles on the research as necessary. 

Project0 Paper

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:14 AM by Nikhil Joshi

By now you should have created a google doc for your project 0 paper and included the abstract that you wrote jointly with your partner.

Now you and your partner should divide the writing into two parts
  1. Determining the AU, mass, and luminosity of the sun.
  2. Determining the power source for the sun.
One way to split would be to swap what you did for your posters. Another option is simply to decide who feels most comfortable with the two sections.

After you've picked your section write at least one to two pages of text on your section, including an equation and a diagram that support content in your section.

Astronomy Art Project Part 2

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:49 PM by Nikhil Joshi

In part one you analyzed artwork to determine what the artist was trying to convey and how they used astronomy to convey that message. Now it’s your turn to create your own work of art that uses astronomical themes to convey a message that is important to you.

First, pick either an issue that is meaningful to you, or a statement you feel is important to express about the world or your place in it. How does this issue or message make you feel? What do you want the viewer of your artwork to understand and feel about it? Once you identify the message and emotions you want to convey, think about how you can use astronomy achieve your goals.


Symbolism - the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Tone - the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.

Motif - a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.

You will submit two deliverables:

  1. A piece of art in any medium you are comfortable with and feel is appropriate to convey your message/statement.


  2. A brief artist’s statement about the work, discussing how you are using astronomy to convey the concepts and emotions related to your artwork. This statement should be no more than one page (1” margins, 12pt, 1.5 line spacing).


A few common themes, statements, and words that were apparent from the work students submitted for part 1 included

·         Vastness

·         Insignificance

·         Beauty

·         Loneliness

·         Power


·         Grandeur

·         Hope

·         Solitude

·         Connection

·         Mystery

·         Eternity

·         Peace

·         Brilliance

·         Wonder

·         Indifference

This project will count as extra credit if your work demonstrates thoughtful and purposeful work. If you don’t do the project or I don’t find your work to be thoughtful or purposeful, your grade will not go down.

I look forward to your projects!

Lesson plan for Tue 10/24

posted Oct 24, 2017, 9:19 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 2:21 PM ]

I'll be gone today 10/24 during 6th Period. Dr. Edgerton will be covering the class.

You will watch the video titled "Secrets of the Sun."

You should

1. Take notes on the video - this will prepare you for the quiz on Thursday. The quiz will be at the beginning of class.
2. Take photos of your notes and put them in a google doc.
3. Submit a link to the Google doc via the Trello Board. The card should have your name as the title and the link as an attachment.
4. Submit the assignment by midnight 10/24.

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