AE120:daily log

Daily Log

AE120: Aerospace Science for Educators

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at The University of Alabama, 205 Hardaway Hall, P.O. Box 870280, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0280. Department phone: 205-348-7300.


Jan. 6 Introduction
divide into groups
"Draw the Solar System"(this was collected at end of class)
Video - Private Universe
Assign Chapters 1 and 2 of NightWatch and answer questions on p.92 of workbook
Jan. 8 Video - Powers of Ten
pp. 9 - 15 of workbook except "c" p.15
Assign Chap. 3 and 4 of NightWatch and answer questions pp. 93-94 of workbook.
Jan. 11 class photos
Discuss Chap. 3 & 4
discuss terms: altitude, azimuth, elevation, zenith, meridian
p. 15(d) in workbook completed and turned in.
Jan. 13 Examine telescopes
Assign Chap. 5
Do workbook pages 36 - 40 given angles on handout
Jan. 15 Met in Graves 106 (computer lab) to complete workbook pages 17 - 23.
Page 21 collected at end of class.
Jan. 18 HOLIDAY
Jan. 19 OBSERVING SESSION
Began at 5:30.
Objects observed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy, Pleiades, Orion Nebula.
Condition: variable cloudiness
Pages collected: pp. 31 and 84
Jan. 20 Assign Chap. 6
Complete p. 76 (to be turned in at end of class)
Complete pages 42 - top of 48 (except Activity #2: Just use an orbital radius for Mars of 7.5 cm)
Jan. 22 Class cancelled. University closed at 2PM due to weather! (Can you believe that?)
Jan. 25 Review Chapter 6
p.77 in workbook (collected during class)
workbook pages 48-59 (except #2 on page 50, Activity 10 on p.52, and #1 on p.54)
Jan. 25 OBSERVING SESSION
Began at 5:30.
Objects observed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy, Pleiades
Condition: clear
Pages collected: pp. 31 and 84 for first session; page 86 for second session
Jan. 27 workbook pages 48-59 COMPLETED (except #2 on page 50, Activity 10 on p.52, and #1 on p.54)
turn in solar system disk
Assign Chapter 7 in NightWatch and accompanying workbook questions pp. 97-98 for Monday.
Jan. 29 Meet in computer lab in 106 Graves Hall
Complete pages 17-27 in Workbook
turn in page 26
Feb.1 ANNOUNCE QUIZ FOR FRIDAY
Review Chap. 7
work from page 61 through question #8 on page 65 (except question #6 on page 64)
turn in page 78
Feb. 3 ANNOUNCE QUIZ FOR FRIDAY
Complete pages 65 (Question #8) through page 68 (all items)
Using solar system disk in the real world
Announce Observing Session for Thursday, Feb.4
Feb. 4 OBSERVING SESSION
Began at 5:30.
Objects observed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula
Condition: clear
Pages collected: pp. 31 and 84 for first session; page 86 for second session
Feb. 5 Identify the following using the Model of Nearby Space and the Star & Planet Locator: summer solstice, winter solstice, vernal equinox, autumnal equinox. Make certain that the dates using both devices match.
QUIZ 1
Feb. 8 Solar system play (set up model of nearby space on the Quad)
Causes of the seasons (pp. 103-107)
Turn in p.103
Feb. 10 Phases of the moon (pp. 108-112)
Review Chap. 8
Assign Chap. 9 and accompanying questions for Friday
Assignment: complete pp. 79 - 80 (Silicon Universe) by Wed (when portfolios due) [3.5-inch disks with the program Silicon Universe on them are located at the help desk in the Graves Hall computer lab]
Feb. 12 Review for exam
Look at sunspots if possible
Feb. 15 EXAM I
Feb. 15 OBSERVING SESSION
Began at 5:45.
Objects observed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, Pleiades, Beehive
Condition: partly cloudy near western horizon
Pages collected: pp. 31 and 84 for first session; page 86 for second session
Feb. 17 Turn in portfolios
Review exam
Mission to Mars Assignment 1: due Feb. 26
Feb. 19 Begin 2nd unit: orbits
Completed pages 1 - 5 in the workbook for the second unit of the course
You must buy the workbook from the Supe Store in Ferguson Center for Monday
Feb. 22 Observed Sunspots
Completed page 6
Discussed unit conversions
Made assignments for Science Olympiad
Feb. 24 Announce QUIZ for Monday
Announce Observing Session for Thursday Feb 25
Returned portfolios
Newton's Laws (lecture); work through page 9 (all)
Feb. 26 Announce QUIZ for Monday
Newton's Laws (lecture)
Feb. 27 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD for volunteers
Mar. 1 Worked problems on Pages 10 and 11 of workbook
Announced Observing Session for Wed, Mar 3
QUIZ II
Mar. 3 Completed pages 12 - 16 of workbook (Class is moving very fast!)
Returned Mission to Mars mission statements
Distributed directions to the MacWane Center
Mar. 3 OBSERVING SESSION began at 6 PM
Saw two fairly bright satellites around 6:40 PM
Observed Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn (in order from western horizon upward)
Very clear and COLD!
Mar. 5 Completed pages 17 - 20 of workbook
Assigned Mission to Mars Assignment #3
Collected Mission to Mars Assignment #2
Mar. 6 Field trip to the MacWane Center
Mar. 8 Briefly discussed pages 17-20
Built a scale model of the Earth-Moon system showing relative distances of satellites from earth
Calculated velocity and time required to complete one orbit for Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Pluto
ANNOUNCED QUIZ FOR MONDAY
Mar. 10 Begin Unit #3: Aircraft Flight
Complete pp. 3 - 6
ANNOUNCED QUIZ FOR MONDAY
Mar. 12 Completed pp. 7 - 9, including graphs
ANNOUNCED QUIZ FOR MONDAY
Mar. 15 Complete and discuss through page 12
QUIZ #3
Mar. 17 Complete pages 13 - 14
Mar. 19 Review Quiz
Review pages 13 - 14
Complete pp. 15-16
Mar. 22 Complete pp. 17-20
QUIZ
Mar. 24 Complete pp. 21-28 (wind tunnel)
Airplane competition
Mar. 26 NO CLASS
Apr. 5 Review pp. 21-28
Lecture: pp. 29-31
Complete pp. 34-37
Apr. 7 Complete pp. 40-45
Apr. 9 review for exam
Apr. 12 Trip to airport (complete pages 38 - 39)
Apr. 14 EXAM II
Apr. 16 NO CLASS (Honors Day)