Web page for CCSF Astronomy 17 Online, Fall 2019

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 I recommend switching 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 cbryja@ccsf.edu, I am unlikely to have read 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 claia@phch.org 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 an alternative account ( claia.bryja@mail.ccsf.edu ) exclusively for communicating with students.

 

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.  I know there will be a lot of questions during the first few days. 

 

Important Notice:  This course requires a mid-term exam and a final exam, both of which must be taken in person at the CCSF main campus.  (At least two different times for taking these exams will be offered, so personal scheduling is not likely to be a concern as long as you are in the Bay Area during the mid-term and finals weeks. I also was able to offer alternative options in Sacramento to a small number of students.)  Please do not enroll in this course if you cannot attend exams in mid-October and mid-December.

 

An earlier version of this page referenced orientations on August 24th and August 28th.  I apologize, but I am cancelling those because they are not likely to be well attended.  I had set those dates back in May, assuming that this class would begin in mid-August.  But we are not starting until the day after Labor Day.  I will schedule new times orientations in early September as soon as possible after the scheduling office reopens (during the regular semester).

 

The orientations will be optional but highly recommended, and they will be held 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.

 

Every semester has at least a few students who, as a consequence of skipping the orientation, miss some very significant part or aspect of the class.  These students usually drop when finally, months later, they realize their mistake.  Most of what I say at the orientation will be repeated in online text-based announcements, but it’s much more effective to hear it from me personally.

 

The textbook for the course will be the new 9th edition of “The Cosmic Perspective:  The Solar System” by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, and Voit. -- not any of the shortened versions (in particular, be careful NOT to buy “The Essential Cosmic Perspective” title by the same authors).

 

If you are waitlisted: 

Late adders must wait for me to email them an add code, and will need to check their email inboxes regularly.  When you receive your four digit code, you will have 48 hours to use the code to register for the course through Web4.  Within hours of registering, you should be able access the class on Canvas.  Note, however, that if the class remains full or nearly full, I will un-enroll any late adding student who takes more than three days to log in to the course from the day that they register.

I look forward to meeting everyone-- either on line or in person-- as this course takes off!

 

Sincerely,

 

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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Finally, here’s my favorite webpage of all:

Astronomy Picture of the Day