Quiz and Final Exam Study Guides for Astro 3 Mon Eve 6-9pm - Fall '17

 

   I've gone through our text and my question bank and found the chapter and subsection within the book which contains the relevant material to answer that question. There are about 10 questions on a typical quiz, so you'll see below for each quiz a list of ~10 section titles, one line for each question. This is so amazingly helpful - Now you can really focus your studying time!

   In some cases, the relevant material is in two sections; you'll then see two lines for that question, one of them indented. For most questions, the answer to the question is given explicitly in the section listed. But in some cases, the text doesn't address it well, or at all. In this case, you'll see an "L" out in front. That means consult your notes from my "L"ecture on that material. In some cases, the material spreads through the entire chapter, not a single section within that chapter. In other cases, the section contains all the basic facts, but you'll need to do some reasoning to deduce an answer not given explicitly. In these cases, you'll see an "R" (for "reasoning required").

   So, like all good exams, there's a mix of easy, hard, factoid, and reasoning questions. There's even a couple of extra credit questions floating around in my test bank. If you get one, there's no mark-off if you get it wrong, and you get a bonus if you get it right.
   Web Readings: Under Quiz #1, note Chapter 0 sections (e.g. 0.1 "Natural Selection and Development of Mind"), and "On Teaching". Later in the semester, we'll study my website on The Politics and Science of Global Warming, but especially review the PowerPoint I gave in class, study guide here labelled "Chapter 30".

 

 

 

Quiz #1       
                                                                                                                   
  0.6   Pseudo-Science                                                       
    &   3.5b  Does astrology have any scientific validity?                   
L 0     Chapter 0: Science and Clear Thinking                                
  0.5   Steps of the Scientific Method                                       
  0.1   Natural Selection & Development of Mind                              
  0.7   General Principles in the Design of a Scientific Test                
L 1.1b  How did we come to be?                                               
  2.3b  What causes eclipses?                                                 
R 2.2a  What causes the seasons?                                             
  2.1b  Why do stars rise and set?                                           
    &   2.1c  Why do the constellations seen depend on latitude, time of year?
  T     Web essay "On Teaching"                                              

Quiz #2                    
                                                  
  3.3b  What are Kepler's 3 laws of motion?                                   
R 3.3c  How did Galileo solidify the Copernican Revolution?                  
R 3.3c  How did Galileo solidify the Copernican Revolution?                  
  3.3a  How did Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler challenge Earth-centered model?     
  3.3b  What are Kepler's 3 laws of motion?                                  
  2.4b  Why ancient Greeks rejected real explanation of planetary motion?    
    &   3.2b  How did the Greeks explain planetary motion?                   
R 4.4b  How does Newton's law of gravity extend Kepler's Laws?               
    &   4.1b  How is mass different from weight?                             
  4.5a  How do gravity & energy allow us to understand orbits?               
L 4.2b  What are Newton's three laws of motion?                              
R 4.4a  What determines the strength of gravity?                             

 Quiz #3                                                                      
 
  5.4c  How does light tell us temperatures?                                 
  5.5a  How does light tell us the speed of a distant object?                
L 5.4b  How does light tell us what things are made of?                      
  5.4c  How does light tell us temperatures?                                  
  5.2a  What is light?                                                       
L 5.2a  What is light?                                                       
  6.3b  Why do we put telescopes in space?                                    
  6.3a  How does earth's atmosphere affect ground observations?              
L 6.3a  How does earth's atmosphere affect ground observations?              

 Quiz #4                                                                      
  7.2a  What features of our solar system clue us to how it formed?          
  7.2a  What features of our solar system clue us to how it formed?          
  8.3c  How did the Jovian planets form?                                     
  8.3c  How did the Jovian planets form?                                     
  8.5b  When did the planets form?                                           
  9.1c  What causes geological activity?                                     
    &   9.1e  The surface area - to - volume ratio                           
  9.1c  What causes geological activity?                                     
  9.4   Geology of Mars                                                      
  10.1c Why do atmospheric properties vary with altitude?                    
  10.1a What is an atmosphere?                                               
  10.4b Why did Mars change?                                                 

 Quiz #5                                                                       
  30.5  Cutting CO2 emissions of 1 billion people by half does what?         
  30.2  Biggest danger - Permafrost Climate Feedback being triggered now     
  11.1c What are Jovian planets like on the inside?                          
  11.2c What is Remarkable about Titan and other moons?                      
  11.3a What are Saturn's rings like?                                        
  11.1d What is the weather like on Jovian planets?                          
  12.4d How do the Jovian planets affect impact rates?                       
  12.1b Why is there an asteroid belt?                                       
  12.3a How big can a comet be?                                              
L 12.2a What are comets like?                                                 

 Quiz #6                                                                      
  13.1b How do we detect planets around other stars?                         
L 13.2  The Nature of Extrasolar Planets                                      
L 13.3  The Formation of Other Solar Systems                                 
  14.1c What is the Sun's structure?                                         
R 14.2a How does nuclear fusion occur in the Sun?                             
L 10.1c Why do atmospheric properties vary with altitude?                    
    &   14.3a What causes solar activity?                                    
  24.1b How did life arise on Earth?                                         
L 24.4  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence                         
  24.5b Where are the aliens?                                               
  24.9  Climate stability is essential, for intelligent life                     


Final Exam Study Guide

  L 0     Chapter 0: Science and Clear Thinking                                
  0.3   The Real World                                                        
  2.3b  What causes eclipses?                                                
  2.2a  What causes the seasons?                                             
  T     Web essay "On Teaching"                                               
  3.3b  What are Kepler's 3 laws of motion?                                  
  2.4b  Why ancient Greeks rejected real explanation of planetary motion?    
    &   3.2b  How did the Greeks explain planetary motion?                    
  4.5b  How does gravity cause tides?                                        
  4.5b  How does gravity cause tides?                                        
    &   3.3b  What are Kepler's 3 laws of motion?                             
L 4.4a  What determines the strength of gravity?                             
R 4.2b  What are Newton's three laws of motion?                              
    &   4.5a  How do gravity & energy allow us to understand orbits?         
  5.2a  What is light?                                                       
  5.5a  How does light tell us the speed of a distant object?                
  5.3c  How is energy stored in atoms?                                       
  6.1b  How do we record images?                                             
  6.4a  How do we observe invisible light?                                   
  7.2a  What features of our solar system clue us to how it formed?          
  7.2a  What features of our solar system clue us to how it formed?          
  8.2a  Where did the solar system come from?                                
  8.1b  What theory best explains the features of our solar system?          
  8.3a  Why are there two major types of planets?                             
  9.6a  How do we know that Earth's surface is in motion?                    
  9.6b  How is Earth's surface shaped by plate tectonics?                    
R 9.1d  Why do some planetary interiors create magnetic fields?               
  10.2d How does a planet gain or lose atmospheric gases?                    
  10.1b How does the greenhouse effect warm a planet?                        
  10.4b Why did Mars change?                                                 
  10.1b How does the greenhouse effect warm a planet?                        
L 30.16 Climate Sensitivity to CO2 doubling, now seen to be higher in hotter c
  11.1d What is the weather like on Jovian planets?                          
  11.2b Why are Jupiter's Galilean moons so geologically active?             
  11.1a Are Jovian planets all alike?                                        
L 12    Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets                                 
L 12    Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets                                  
  12.2a What are comets like?                                                
  12.1b Why is there an asteroid belt?                                       
L 13.1  Detecting Extrasolar Planets                                          
  13.3a Can we explain the surprising orbits of extrasolar planets?          
L 13    Other Planetary Systems                                              
  13.3b Do we need to modify our theory of solar system formation?            
  14.3c How does solar activity vary with time?                              
  14.3a What causes solar activity?                                          
  14.2a How does nuclear fusion occur in the Sun?                            
  14.2a How does nuclear fusion occur in the Sun?                            
L 24    Life in the Universe                                                 
  24.1b How did life arise on Earth?                                         
  24.1c What are the necessities of life?                                    
L 24.4  The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence