• Astronomy

    Astronomy is a one-trimester course that covers easily observed solar and lunar phenomena, as well as constellations. Students will learn how electromagnetic energy and various telescopes are used to study the sun and the evolution of stars into white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. Students will study the formation of our solar system and celestial objects like planets, moons, asteroids/meteoroids and comets. Moving beyond the solar system, students will compare our galaxy to others and learn about theories of the universe.

    Units of Study


    - Observations of the sky (day/night)

    - The Celestial Sphere

    - Reason for Seasons

    - Distance, Size and Angles

    - Characteristics of Light

    - Mirrors, Lenses and Telescopes

    - Sun and Stellar Evolution

    - The Solar System

    - The Milky Way Galaxy

    - Scale, Structure and Age of the Universe

    - The Search for Extraterrestrials

    Google Classroom

    All handouts, answer keys, notes and additional materials will be posted to Google Classroom.  The code for this trimester is  jvnpiu0.

    Additional Help

    I am available every day from 6:45 until 7:30 in my office, which is across from my classroom.  I am also available during X-block on Tuesday and Thursday mornings or in the afternoons every day except Monday.