Astro 7: Planetary Climate Science - Spr '18 Lecture Schedule

Classroom: Tue Afternoons 2:45-5:50pm, Room 454 on campus

UCSC: Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics Friday Seminar Schedule

Short videos suitable for the mid-class break

GreenSteps - Cabrillo College Sustainability Calendar of Events

A Play "Silent Stars" at UCSC Winter '18 for Extra-Credit Attendence: Ask me!

Jan 30
* Intro to class, (37), Syllabus
* Science and Clear Thinking - Chapter 0 (130) and Essay "On Teaching" (17)
* Read also textbook Chapter 1 "The Science of Astronomy"

Feb 6
* Science and Clear Thinking - Chapter 0 (130) and Essay "On Teaching" (17) (finish up)
* Ch 5 (60) - The Nature of Light, Atoms, Molecules and How they Interact
* K20 (21) - Heat and the 3 Heat Transfer Mechanisms

Sat Feb 10 last day to drop a class w/o a "W"

Feb 13
* K8 (52) - Basics of Planetary Atmospheres and their Formation
* Ch 11 (128) - The Atmospheres of the Jovian Planets and moons

Feb 20
* Ch 10 (74) - The Atmospheric Evolution of Mercury, Venus, and Mars
* Ch 13 (62) - Exoplanets - Other Planets around Other Stars
Quiz #1: Chapter 0, On Teaching, Ch 5 - Light, Atoms

Feb 27
* K32 (33) - Present Structure of Earth's Atmosphere
* K31 (69) - Paleoclimate - Earth's Early Atmosphere and its Evolution, Ice Ages

Tue Feb 27: 6:40-7:30pm at Cabrillo Observatory: Our Extra Credit Star Party opportunity. Stay the hour and get 1% added to your grade. Click link and see the map of how to get there. If cloudy, we'll try again later.

Mar 6
* K31 (69) - Paleoclimate - Earth's Early Atmosphere and its Evolution, Ice Ages (finish)
* K33 (22) - The Carbon Cycle: How Carbon moves through the Earth System
Quiz #2 - K20: Heat transfer, Ch 11: Atmospheres of Mercury, Venus, and Mars, Ch 10: Outer Planets, Ch13: Exoplanets

ExtraCredit off-campus opportunity Oct 5 Thur eve 7pm - Live Oak Grange on 17th ave. meeting on Trump's national monument grab, movie.

Mar 13

* K33 (25) - The Carbon Cycle: How Carbon moves through the Earth System (finish up)
* K34 (38) - Climate Modelling. Key drivers, equations, computer techniques, positive vs. negative feedbacks, modelling using data fitting,
* 44 min Video "Birth of the Earth" (preview on YouTube, if you can find a live link) followed by video quiz

Mar 20
* K35 (62) - Clouds and Aerosols, the Complex Way They Influence Earth Climate
* K36 (53)- The Ocean / Atmosphere Connection
Quiz #3 - K31:Earth Paleoclimate, K32: Structure of Our Atmosphere, K33: Carbon Cycles

Mar 27 - Spring Break, no class

Apr 3
* K37 (35) - Climate Forcing and Time Scales
* K38a (68) - Current Climate Change: Global Temperatures
* K38b (84) - Current Climate Change: Ice

Apr 10
* K38b (82) - Current Climate Change: Ice (finish)
* K38c (24) - Current Climate Change: Sea level rise
* K38d (76) - Current Climate Change: Other Aspects

Apr 17
* K38e (16) - Deforestation
* K38f (20) - Brief History of Our Understanding of Human-Caused Climate Change
* K39 (40) - The Key Evidence Climate Change is Real and Human-Caused
Quiz #4: K34:Climate Modelling, K35:Clouds & Aerosols, K36:Ocean/Atmosphere Connection, K37 Climate Forcing

Apr 24 (suggested break video: ("Doubt - The Climate Reality Project")
* K40b (148) - Psychopathologies of Climate Denial
* K40 (30) - Tactics of Climate Denialism
* K42 (280) - Climate in the 21st Century and beyond: California, the world

Sat Nov 18 - last day to drop with a W. After this, must take a grade.

May 1 (suggested break video: Veratasium - 13 Climate Denial Myths Debunked in under 7 minutes
* K43 (226) - Energy and Civilization - limitations to Strategies
Quiz #5 - K38: Current Global Warming, K40, K40b:Denialism, K41 Debunking Denialist Claims

May 8
* K43 (226) - Energy and Civilization - limitations to Strategies (finish)
* K44 (211) - Strategies: Policy Actions

May 16
* K45 (259) - Strategies: Technology
* K46 (96) - Strategies: Geo-Engineering

Thur May 24 - Final Exam Week, Class is 3 hrs: 1-4pm
Quiz #6: K42:21st Century Climate and beyond, K43, K44, K45, K46: Strategies and Limitations.
and Final Exam (50 mult choice questions, comprehensive of entire course - just a long quiz)