Astronomy 12


In spring of 2005 I was a GSI for Astronomy 12, "The Planets". As with Astro 10 the previous semester, I used worksheets extensively as part of discussion section, with the major change being that I could make the activities slightly more involved as a result of a much smaller group of students in section. Also as with Astro 10, I returned the following year as head GSI. This second year the class was taught by different professors, so the order and style of presentation of the material was quite different - so I have organized the worksheets below solely by topic instead of by the order in which I presented them.

Please report broken links or any problems with the worksheets to Dan!




Introductory Material: Time and Space
Syllabus (2005) (source)
Syllabus (2006) (source)
Worksheet: The Scale of Interplanetary Space and Cosmic Time (source)

Moon Phases and the Celestial Sphere
Worksheet: The Moon (source)
Worksheet: The Celestial Sphere (source)
Worksheet: Phases of the Moon (source)

Physics of Light
Worksheet: Blackbody and Emission Line Spectra (source)

Gravitation and Orbits
Worksheet: Gravity Lab (source)
Worksheet: Orbit Lab (source, Gravity Tutorial, Solar System Motion Simulator v2.0)

Radioactive Dating
Worksheet: Radioactive Decay (source)
Worksheet: Isochron Dating (source)

Earth Geology
Worksheet: Planet 3 - Earth (source)

Atmospheres
Worksheet: Breaking the Carbon Cycle - Atmospheric Catastrophe (source)
Worksheet: Atmosphere and Temperature (source)

Inner Solar System
Worksheet: Inner Planets (source)
Worksheet: Next Door Neighbor - The Moon (source)
Worksheet: Mercury and Venus (source)
Worksheet: Earth, Moon and Mars (source)
Worksheet: Mars - The Red Planet (source)

Outer Solar System
Worksheet: Outer Planets (source, Key)

Meteorites, Comets, and Asteroids
Worksheet: Space Rocks from Space (source) - requires meteorite samples!
Worksheet: Rock and Ice - Asteroids and Comets (source)
Worksheet: Cometary Compositions (source) - never used

The Sun and Stars
Worksheet: The Sun (source)
Worksheet: Stellar Evolution (source)

Review Materials
Midterm Review Questions (2005)
Midterm Key Terms (2005) (source)
Final Review Questions (2005)
Solar System Review Sheet (2005) (source)
Midterm 1 Review Sheet (2006)
Midterm 2 Review Sheet (2006)
Final Exam Review Sheet (2006)