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3/19 Update

posted Mar 19, 2020, 3:27 PM by Nikhil Joshi

Okay, I'm back!  I've got AP Calc figured out and have thought about astronomy a bit.

Here's what we're going to do for a few weeks.
  • Create assertion-evidence slide decks of your energy from gravity activity.
  • Create posters describing the activity using our new poster format.
  • Create technical documents with peer and teacher review that describe the activity.
To get started:
  1. Each student will create an assertion-evidence slide deck summarizing their work on the "energy from gravity" activity.
  2. The first draft of the slide decks should only have informative slide titles - no slide bodies or notes. Tell the story of the activity and what you learned using only slide titles.
  3. Submit the slide deck via Trello as usual by midnight Monday 3/23
  4. I will provide feedback in your document. When I have approved your slide titles, you may begin work on the slide bodies and notes.

If we get done with this and still aren't in school we will start work on your end of year projects.

Away we go!!

3/13 Update

posted Mar 13, 2020, 9:47 AM by Nikhil Joshi

Hi Everyone,

First, give me a few days to get my thoughts and ideas in place. In broad strokes I think I'll have you write up your Energy from Gravity activity, and edit each other's work to develop your technical communications skills. This will likely serve as your Chap-18 test and prepare you for the end-of-year projects. Give me a few days to put together some structure and documentation around this idea. I will also consult with UW Astro folks to see if they have any particular expectations or ideas.

Check this space soon!

So, I guess you're free to enjoy a few days of break before we get back to at least a limited form of work. Cover your coughs and wash you hands people!

1-kg fall activity

posted Feb 28, 2020, 2:02 PM by Nikhil Joshi

Hi Astronomy - your teacher screwed up! The numbers I put on the board were from a modified version of the activity I was playing with last year.  Here are my values from the version you are doing.

Object r (m)
Energy (J)
 Energy (J)
Sun 7.0E+08 2.1E+11 1.9E+11
WD 6.0E+06 2.4E+13 2.2E+13
NS 1.0E+04 1.5E+16 1.3E+16
BH 3.0E+03 4.8E+16 4.4E+16

sorry for error!

1/14 Snow Day Assignment

posted Jan 14, 2020, 9:24 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 9:29 AM ]

I'm moving the chapter 5 test to Thursday morning. So...

1. Today you should finish reading chapter 15
2. Study for chapter 5 test

Lesson Plans in Joshi's Absence

posted Oct 29, 2019, 10:48 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 11:22 PM ]

Tue 11/19 - Start reading chapter 5 and begin work on homework problems.

Mon 11/18 - Review the technical writing tips document below. After reviewing, each teammate will read their partner's part of the paper and make comments/suggestions based on the technical writing tips. Be sure to switch to Suggesting mode so I can see the comments you make on each others' writing.

Wed 11/13 - Students should finish their slide deck and submit a link to it by the end of class to the Trello page. If students are done with the slide deck they may begin work on their technical paper excerpt. The students don't write a complete technical paper, just a two page, single-spaced, excerpt. The students should negotiate with their partner which part of the project they will write (AU vs. Power Sources). Then each student must submit the following.
  • A one paragraph technical abstract for the entire project (not just the part they're writing in the excerpt)
  • No more than 2 pages of technical discussion on the part they negotiated.
  • Include at least one well formatted equation that supports their technical discussion.
  • Include at least one well formatted diagram that supports their technical discussion.
Here is a link to the scientific paper document template in Google Docs format. Students should save a copy of this template in their personal Astronomy google drive and then begin editing it with their content. Students have the rest of the week to work on their writing excerpt and should submit a rough draft by Sunday.

Tue 11/12 - Students should begin work on their project slide desks. The slides must be in Assertion+Evidence format with in-depth slide notes. The partnerships should swap their area of focused from what they did on the posters. So if a student worked on the AU for the poster, they are responsible for the Power Sources part of the slide deck. Rough draft of slides should be posted to the Trello Board by end of class on Wednesday 11/13.

2020 AU values

posted Oct 8, 2019, 10:52 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 9:52 AM ]

Based on the form submissions the class average AU is

Rclass = 4.32x1011 meters

please submit your computed AU in METERS

Astronomy Student Info

posted Sep 24, 2019, 10:05 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 10:40 AM ]

UWHS Registration

posted Sep 24, 2019, 8:35 AM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 8:42 AM ]

Registration for UWHS Astonomy can be completed via telephone and regular mail - there is no online option for registration.

UWHS Astronomy information for RAHS:

Reg#: 184643
Course:    ASTR 101
Title:         Astronomy ~ Raisbeck Aviation, Highline SD 
Course Length: Year
Instructor: Nikhil Joshi

Information and forms for registration are included below. 

The registration deadline for fall-start classes (first semester and year-long) is October 29.



Fees for students enrolling in courses to receive UW college credit are listed as $65/credit on the registration forms. Courses that are five credits remain at $325 plus $45 registration fee (total of $370).  Unless there is a third party payment involved, students should register and pay directly with the Registration Services Office. Contact information and instructions are provided on the registration form. 

If you have any concerns about paying for UWHS credit, please talk to Ms. Carper about available scholarships.

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