Unquestionably, one of the most entertaining ways to learn astronomy is simply to look up. While the summer nights are short and dusk does not happen until quite late, the relaxed pace of the summer and the locations where summer nights are generally clearer can make for some spectacular views. In the Northern Hemisphere, unfortunately, the winter sky is a bit more spectacular, but there are still some fantastic targets for the first-time stargazer with a moderately-sized telescope or pair of binoculars. Highlights include the Pleiades and the Crab Nebula as well as the planets and the Moon as they make their treks through the sky. The best way to learn about the sky is to start by orienting yourself with respect to the constellations. Get a good sky chart (http://skymaps.com/ is a pretty good starting point) and try to pick out the patterns. Once you get a good handle on the situation, you should begin to note the movement of the sky. The entire sky makes a... read more
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Now that finals have passed for most of the college students on the semester schedule, I'd like to reflect on the panic that arises when students in required introductory physical science classes come to the end of a course and realize that they haven't retained anything! What is the correct approach to triaging such situations? Of course, the best way to engage with material is by answering questions that are similar to those that will be on the examination, and most professors will be kind enough to tell you what the format and types of questions will be. Generally, there are two types of questions you will find: qualitative and quantitative. I'll deal with the best way to study for each type of question in turn. Qualitative Questions The tendency here is to think that cramming and memorizing facts is the best way to go to answer such multiple choice, free response, or essay questions on qualitative subjects. However, this is not often the case.... read more
Galileo was a famous astronomer who was the first scientists to point his telescope towards the heavens and view the moon, rings of Saturn and other amazing objects. When he began to study the moon he noticed that there were craters and plains on it. He also noticed that there were mountains on the moon by noticing light patterns on the moon.Many people would have gone on to the next observation, but Galileo began to measure these mountains. I, like many other students, would always ask "what is the point of math?" "when will I ever use this?" so on and so on.Well depending on the career path you may never need the high level math you are required to take, but I hope that you at least appreciate math for the power that it holds in unlocking mysteries of our universe. Think about it the moon, is 238,900 miles!!!! And in the 1600's without any sophisticated gadgets like we possess, a humble scientist was able to measure the height of a mountain... read more
Hello to all you Happy Learners! I am just setting up my profile and getting all my qualifying exams completed for subjects I am qualified and experienced in for teaching. There will be new posts as we get things set up here. For astronomy and science tutoring help, I can make my self and my home astronomical observatory available as part of the learning experience. I have multiple telescopes and some basic CCD astrophotography equipment which could be used for an astronomical observing project students may want to do and hand in as a project grade in science or specific astronomy class...this is always a great deal of fun and there is much to learn and do with telescopes, computer control of the telescope, CCD camera and autoguider as well as the reading of star charts and catalogues too! Let me know via my email link if you are interested in this service and we can discuss the possible projects we could do. Yours, Mark
A current poll by Wyzant of tutors indicates a large majority of tutors assign homework to their tutees. Seriously? My students all have plenty of teacher-assigned homework they are required to do. They can use this homework to practice what we've done in tutoring sessions. More homework? Not if you want to keep the student!
I am new to WyzAnt.com and now I want to tutor you! For about 10 years now, I have been teaching subjects such as mathematics, physics, test preparation, and astronomy in higher education. I have helped students of various backgrounds understand these subjects. I have also used multimedia and technology to help students visualize some of the complex ideas that can come up in these fields.
Dear Readers, It is good to be back i.e. reactivated at WyzAnt. I have an opportunity to tutor in Astronomy which is great as it is a subject that I majored in at the Undergraduate Level and I enjoy reading what has been going on in Astronomy/ Space Sciences lately. If you need any help with subject area or any others of which I am qualified , please contact me. Regards. Carlton
My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more
Hello Students and Parents! I just wanted to send out a post telling everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween this year. The holidays are going to be cold, so bundle up! I'd also like to update everyone on my location. I have moved to Terre Haute, IN and live in an apartment just off of 7th. However, tutoring will not take place at my apartment due to the location and neighborhood, so I'd like everyone to know that I will be doing tutoring on campus at Indiana State. Exact locations can be discussed through e-mails and/or phone calls. High school students, it's getting closer to finals! I encourage you to e-mail me if you need any help at all. If you're a high school student and you really need help terribly, message me about the rates. I would hate to see a student fail because they could not afford tutoring. Middle school parents, being involved in your student's education is very important. If you feel your child is struggling in school, please don't hesitate... read more
I believe in finding a person's learning style and employing that to assist an individual with their school subjects. No one person shares the same way of learning, so what works for one person may not work for another. I've used this philosophy in all paths of life; like when training employees on the job, tutoring students one on one or heading up study groups. Let me help you succeed.
So the world didn’t come to an end! On this past March 30th, particle physicists at CERN started colliding beams of particles in an underground circular collider, outside of Geneva. And we didn’t observe the formation of black holes nor the world collapsing into one of them. We were not even close to the end of the world. True, we are exploring the behavior of particles at energies that have never been reached before, but this is only true at the level of a particle. This latest experiment is just another step in the endless quest of mankind to understand nature better. In 2004 Fermilab in Chicago had already explored energies ten times larger than everything that had been studied before. This time we are again gaining a factor of ten in our quest. However, in our macroscopic world these energies are ridiculous, equivalent to the energy of fourteen mosquitoes in flight! Why worry about the end of times then? Or we should also worry every time Roger Federer serves on a tennis... read more
I use to attend the amateur astronomy meeting on Friday nights at Duke. While as I liked astronomy, I was only a bit interested in viewing stars via a telescope on a cold winter night. I must confess that the real reason I would attend the meeting was that it was run by a physics professor who specialized in string theory. What a great occasion to discuss and learn about string theory from a world renown expert by crashing his telescope observation sessions. Same thing with my hair stylist, I get my hair cut with her because we can talk about philosophy and Kant. Next thing you know, people will attend church with me to get help with their computer problems. Oh no, Mr. Bill, that already happened!
According to the Public Broadcasting System educational television program, NOVA, “A parsec is equivalent to 3.26 light years.” According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website, Ask an Astronaut, a light year is, “The distance light travels in 1 year,” which is 5,878,786,410,000 miles per year. With that information, we can find out just how far away a parsec is. If we take the miles per year and multiply it by 3.26 years, we discover that 1 parsec equals 19,164,843,696,600 miles. So, where then, does the term, parsec, come from? Parsec is a combination of 2 words, parallax (par) and second (sec). Parallax means something looks like it changed its location because you changed yours. For example, if you stand on your porch and look across the street, you will see a house on your left and a house on your right. If you go across the street and look at the same houses from your neighbor's backyard, they will be on the opposite sides. Did the houses... read more
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a light year is, “The distance light travels in 1 year.” How far is that, really, and how do we figure it out? First, we must understand that we're talking about distance not time. We already know the time, how long it takes to travel from 1 place to another, 1 year. Distance refers to how far it is from one point to another. If the doctor's office is 2 miles from your house, the distance is 2 miles. Scientists determined that light travels at a rate, or speed, of 186,287.5 miles in 1 second. With that information, we can figure out how far light travels in 1 year. There are 60 seconds in 1 minute. So, if we multiply the speed of light by 60, we'll know how fast light travels in 1 minute. To figure out how far light travels in 1 hour, we need to know that there are 60 minutes in 1 hour. So, we'll do the same thing again. If we multiply our new answer by 60 minutes, we'll find out how many... read more
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