Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome to the class!

Just a couple of points about what we will and what we won't be studying this semester.

For starters, this is not Anatomy, nor is it Astrology. For the former, see Ms. Rozema. For the latter, look up "pseudoscience" in a dictionary.

What we will be covering is a general overview of major topics in Astronomy. Our focus will be on the solar system in which we live - the planets, Sun, asteroids and comets, etc. If you have an interest in more exotic topics like black holes and galaxies, I suggest you take Astronomy: Galaxies.

I'll tell you guys the same thing I tell every Astro class I've had: if you pay attention, read the textbook with lots of pretty pictures, and ask questions, you can easily earn a C (or better). Having said that, about half of my Astronomy students fail every semester. Why? Because they don't do either of the things I just mentioned.

From time to time I'll try to host stargazing sessions at school to give you a chance to look through a telescope at things we're talking about in class. Redford isn't the best place in the world for stargazing, but it's better than nothing.

Please ask if you have any questions and I look forward to a new semester!

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