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Quiz Corrections

posted Mar 14, 2019, 7:42 AM by Nikhil Joshi

you'll have time to work on them in class today.

Lesson Plan for Wed 3/13

posted Mar 12, 2019, 9:24 PM by Nikhil Joshi

Please work on your quiz corrections. Since you are being given class time to work on them they will be due in class on Thursday.

If you finish early, you may work on other classwork.

No test, yes quiz

posted Feb 13, 2019, 9:50 PM by Nikhil Joshi

Since tomorrow isn’t a full day we’ll push the test to next week. However we have plenty of time to take the chapter 17 quiz.

Snow Day Assignments

posted Feb 11, 2019, 5:49 PM by Nikhil Joshi

With Tuesday cancelled, the C15 test will take precedence over the C17 quiz if we're back in class on the 14th. You may as well begin working on your C17 hot topic, focusing on stellar evolution. Your topic should involve stellar evolution, red giants, and/or the formation of planetary nebulae, white dwarfs, super novas, neutron stars, and black holes, not on those topics in isolation. 

For example, an article talking about the mass limit for the formation of neutron stars would be fine, but a story on the colission of neutron stars doesn't qualify until we are in chapter 18, when we study these stellar remnants in greater detail. 

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

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