If you are seeing a lot of annoying markings on this web page (empty boxes, or black diamonds containing question marks), please go to the “view” menu of your browser, select “character/text encoding,” and then chose “Western (Windows)” and this page miraculously will look nice and neat. If you do not have “Western (Windows)” as an option, any other “Western” setting will be much better than the default “Unicode” (although you might want to switch back to “Unicode” after leaving this page-- since leaving it at a “Western” setting supposedly weakens the security of your browser).
If you ever tried to send me messages to firstname.lastname@example.org, I might not have received them. That address tends to fill with spam, and it freezes up when it gets overfull. If you have any questions about this course, please e-mail me at email@example.com instead. (Although, I do sometimes find important messages from my students in my spam folder for that address too, so it’s not perfect either. #sigh# Lately, I have been attempting to use a completely new account ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) exclusively for communicating with students, but I often forget to check that one for days at a time.)
I do not require students to check in when they register, so please don’t send me e-mail unless you have a question that needs answering.
The textbook for the course is the 6th edition of “The Essential Cosmic Perspective” (not the full length version that lacks the word “essential” in the title, and not any of the five earlier editions of the same name), by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit (ISBN # 978-0-32-171536-4). It is available in a cheaper loose leaf binder version as well as regular paperback. The CCSF bookstore also sells expensive copies that are packaged with password access to the extra “Mastering Astronomy” tutorial, but I am not requiring that you buy that. While I highly recommend the “Mastering Astronomy” package, and while I believe that it is well worth the extra cost, students with a limited budget may wish to order the textbook online without that extra package.
I will hold an optional but highly recommended orientation at on Saturday, January 19th (the first Saturday after classes begin), in Rosenberg Library Room 414. Simply joining the class without any orientation is okay, but a majority of students do experience problems or suffer confusion (especially regarding the course structure and expectations) that an in-person orientation would reduce.
As soon as the new semester starts, you may begin the course on your own, regardless of whether you plan to attend the optional orientation. Within two days of the start of the semester, or of your enrollment if late, you should be e-mailed instructions how to login. If you do not receive these instructions, you most likely are not checking the account that CCSF has on file as your e-mail address. Unless you have set it up otherwise, the default is the “mail.ccsf.edu” address assigned to you by the college, so please be sure to check that for messages. I also may use your CCSF e-mail address for communicating with you.
If you are waitlisted:
I look forward to meeting everyone-- either on line or in person-- as this course takes off!
Claia (rhymes with "hi ya!") Bryja (pronouncing the “y” like a long-I the same as the “ai” diphthong in my first name, and pronouncing the "j" in the usual English way)
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Here is a link to a great resource of other links to anything and everything you can think of about astronomy. I encourage you to browse.
AstroPlace (unfortunately, this seems to be defunct, so I will need to replace this link with something comparable sometime soon)
Finally, here’s my favorite webpage of all: