Make sure you are ready for the test next Monday on the Sun.Below you see the plan for the two weeks that I will be away for Wilderness. Before I leave, I plan to insert a number of videos that will help guide you through your study.
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Wilderness Schedule for the Two Weeks That I’m Gone
Today you will be taking the test on the Sun. It is a relatively short test, with 12 multiple choice questions, one essay, and one diagram. See the test page for details.
Start the session today by watching Phil Plait’s video explaining what binary stars are all about. There will be a short, five question open-note quiz given immediately after the video. Watch closely! For the balance of the first week of my absence, we will look at systems of stars. Today we start on binary stars. Click here to go to the page on Carpe Caelum. Browse through the links for the first half hour or so. of the class. You will then do the lab on visual binary star systems. Watch my info videofirst.
Today is the lab on eclipsing binary stars. There is a wonderful tutorial video which will help introduce the lab. Be sure to watch the video about the star called Algol as well. It is the first example of an eclipsing binary.
Today we will cover the other two types of binary star systems, spectroscopic and astrometric. There will be a short lab exercise for each of these two types.