Astro C10 / L&S C70 (Fall 2009)

Head GSI : Aaron Lee

E-mail contact : a.t.lee@berkeley

Office : 541 Campbell Hall

Weekly Meetings (with Prof. Filippenko) : 6th floor lounge of Campbell Hall

  • Fridays from 1 pm - 2 pm

Information for the graders of Astro C10 : C10 Fall 2009 Graders

Josh Shiode's Ay300 Site : Ay300 Fall 2009

Electronic Big Red Binder : EBRB

Think Pair Share Forum : TPS Questions

Stray Homework : Stray Homework

Midterm II Review : Midterm Review II


Last lecture is on MONDAY. You should come.

Review Sessions:

  1. Friday, Dec 11, 2-4pm, Valley LSB 2040
  2. Sunday, Dec 13, 2-4pm, Dwinelle 0145
  3. Monday, Dec 14, 8-10pm, Dwinelle 0155

Old Announcements can be found here : Old Announcements

Things to be doing NOW

  1. Understand Cosmology.

Friday Meeting Itinerary (not necessarily in this order)

Websites Worth Mentioning to Students

Our GSI Oath

We, GSIs of Alex Filippenko's Astronomy C10 course, taught in the Fall of 2009, will make the utmost effort to

  1. have patience when communicating with our students.
  2. come to section prepared.
  3. talk to the class and not the board (or empty space).
  4. add variety to our sections to keep student interest.
  5. have a genuine interest in the subject matter we are discussing.
  6. aim to satisfy the middle level student, while giving ample opportunity for high level students to ask detailed questions.
  7. remain positive through thick and thin, regardless of our stress level.
  8. have flexibility in our teaching, allowing for the unknown.
  9. make it clear how the material ties in with lectures and allow students to ask questions about the lecture material that confused them.
  10. relate the material to the students and show how seemingly disparate concepts can lead to an understanding of bigger picture ideas.

Star Party Sites - Useful list of interesting objects and their relative positions. - Monthly downloadable star chart. - Also check out the “Week at a Glance” section.

Useful Software (not free) : Starry Night Pro (my favorite, I will look for my CD and share if you are interested.) - EBRB Section

GSIs and UGSIs

Graduate Student Instructors

  1. Josh Burkart
  2. Jackson Debuhr
  3. Chat Hull
  4. Therese Jones
  5. Aaron Lee
  6. Bernie Lin
  7. Ryan Maas
  8. James McBride
  9. Thea Steele

Undergraduate Student Instructors

  1. Chris Griffith
  2. Anna Rosen

Section and TALC Assignments

TALC Assignments GSI 1 GSI 2
7 pm - 8 pm Jackson Debuhr Chris Griffith
8 pm - 9 pm Therese Jones Jackson Debuhr
6 pm - 7 pm Aaron Lee Ryan Maas
7 pm - 8 pm James McBride Josh Burkart
8 pm - 9 pm Anna Rosen Josh Burkart


Sections Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-10 125: JD 104: TJ 110: RM 102: TS 122: JD
10-11 126: JD 109: TJ 119: RM 111: TS
11-12 105: BL 115: BL 107: JB
12-1 121: CH 112: JB 123: JD 113: JM
1-2 106: AL 103: JB 114: JM Meeting
2-3 118: CH 101: CG 116: AR 117: JB
3-4 Lecture 108: CG Lecture 124: AR Lecture
4-5 120: AL


101 : CG 102 : TS 103 : JB 104 : TJ 105 : BL 106 : AL 107 : JB 108 : CG 109 : TJ 110 : RM
111 : TS 112 : JB 113 : JM 114 : JM 115 : BL 116 : AR 117 : JB 118 : CH 119 : RM 120 : AL
121 : CH 122 : JD 123 : JD 124 : AR 125 : JD 126 : JD

Weekly Schedule

Week (Dates) Important Events Other Notes
Week 1 (Aug 26 - Aug 28) Mon,Tue Sections do not meet
Week 2 (Aug 31 - Sep 4 )
Week 3 (Sep 7 - Sep 11) Arc Lamp Demos Mon Sections do not meet (holiday)
Week 4 (Sep 14 - Sep 18)
Week 5 (Sep 21 - Sep 25) Quiz 1
Week 6 (Sep 28 - Oct 2 )
Week 7 (Oct 5 - Oct 9 ) Reviews, Midterm on Friday
Week 8 (Oct 12 - Oct 16)
Week 9 (Oct 19 - Oct 23) Mid-semester Evals
Week 10 (Oct 26 - Oct 30)
Week 11 (Nov 2 - Nov 6 ) Reviews, Midterm on Friday
Week 12 (Nov 9 - Nov 13) Wed Sections do not meet (holiday)
Week 13 (Nov 16 - Nov 20)
Week 14 (Nov 23 - Nov 27) Thur,Fri Sections do not meet (holiday)
Week 15 (Nov 30 - Dec 4 )
Week 16 (Dec 7 - Dec 9 ) Now Reading Week Mon,Tue,Wed,Thur,Fri Sections do not meet

Suggestions for Week 15

Up to you! It's your final section. Be sure to hand out the course/teacher/GSI evaluations at some time during the section.

Suggestions for Week 14

Review cosmology and any questions the students have.

Suggestions for Week 13

Since there are no quizzes, I would suggest using the Scientific American article to motivate discussion on the expansion of the universe.

Possible demos: Expansion of the Universe (see EBRB for examples). I'll have some balloons available in the cabinet if you want to use the balloon analogy.

Suggestions for Week 12

Dark matter, Hubble expansion, Gravitational Lensing (See McCourt et al.'s demo ; the glasses should be in the cabinet).

Suggestions for Week 11

Midterm reviews!

Suggestions for Week 10

Suggestions for Week 9

Stellar evolution - stellar formation, life. Fusion vs. “burning” misconceptions. Lifetime of a star. Parallax and distance measurements. The H-R Diagram.

The Solar Telescopes will be available to use on the roof of Campbell Hall.

Suggestions for Week 8

10 minutes of midterm review. Go over 1-3 of the questions.

Comets, meteor(-iods/-ites). Extrasolar planets: detection methods, biases in our observations, etc. Stellar parallax: measuring distances in astronomy (the Cosmic Distance Ladder).

Suggestions for Week 7

Midterm reviews. In the past GSIs (and students) have enjoyed some form of Jeopardy game. Example questions can be found on the EBRB.

I have also tried not doing a game but assigning each group a set of slides and having them come up with the 5 or so most important topics in those slides. We then write it all on the board and discuss as many as we can. If you are feeling really nice, you might type them up and E-mail the list to your students.

Suggestions for Week 6

Kepler's Laws and Gravity , Retrograde motion (We need better demos for this topic!)

Suggestions for Week 5

Give your quiz. The layout of the section might go something like this:

  1. 10 minutes of review Q&A.
  2. 20 minutes for the Quiz.
  3. 15 minutes to go over the solutions.
  4. 5 minutes for a quick demo (e.g., the milktank, rotation of the moon, etc.)

Suggestions for Week 4

Continue reviewing material on BBodies, Doppler, and Phases of the Moon.

Suggestions for Week 3

Arc Lamp demos. The materials are in the lower-right corner of the demo cabinet. Do NOT let the students take the diffraction gratings.

Suggestions for Week 2

The basics of electromagnetic radiation. Cover waves and photons and their relation to each other.

There are tons of worksheets dedicated to just light on the EBRB. Spectral lines can be covered, but the Arc Lamp demo will be done in all sections on Week 3.

Relate the basic physics of light to astronomy. For example, you can talk about emission and absorption nebulae. What causes absorption lines in a star? Why do you see emission lines?

Have the students get up in the class and act out energy level transitions. I am going to buy some Styrofoam balls and paint them various colors. Hopefully they will be in the demo cabinet by Thursday.

Suggestions for Week 1

Review Josh's Ay300 Page:

Introductions and Ice-Breakers

Go through the syllabus for your section. Also, don't forget to announce TALC, office hours, star parties (if you have any dates yet), homework due dates, test/quiz dates, etc. You should also remember to tell your students what “TALC”, “star parties”, and even “office hours” are!


  1. Horoscope Debunking
  2. Misconceptions in Astronomy
  3. Brief overview of topics in the course
  4. History of the Universe timeline
  5. Scale Models (Sizes, Distances)
  6. Calendar of History
  7. Add your own here!!!

Math review worksheets (for TALC) can be found here :

Grader Information

Homework will typically be available by 6 pm on Friday evenings. You then have FIVE days to grade and return the homework to the appropriate GSI. Homework should be returned no later than Wednesday evening.

Things to Keep in Mind

Graders should make two photocopies of their grading sheet. They should keep one of them and put the other in my mailbox. The original goes with the homeworks to the GSI of the section.

Graders should grade in a different color than what the homework is written in. Avoid dark blue and black inks. I would recommend a green pen, but that is just personal taste. If it has been one of those weeks where you need to release some emotion, grade in dark red and love every minute of it (As long as you still grade fairly)!

Graders should not take requests from the students. Any students should be directed to their GSI or me.


  • Dipankan Bhattacharya
  • Neelam Bhojani
  • Zachary Breig
  • Jieun Choi
  • Rebekah Huang
  • Mary Ley
  • Alexander Parisky
  • Hinesh Patel
  • Mike Whitman
  • Jaime Wu

Schedules and Section Assignments

Name HW 1 HW 2 HW 3 HW 4 HW 5 HW 6 Lab 1
Sept 4th Sept 11 Sept 18 Sept 25 Oct 2 Oct 16 Oct 23
Dipankan Bhattacharya 101,102,103 113,114,115 123,124 124,125,126 120,121 114,115 108,109,110
Neelam Bhojani 107,108,109 116,117,118 125,126 101,102 122,123 116,117,118 111,112,113
Zachary Breig 110,111,112 119,120 101,102,103 103,104 124,125,126 119,120,121 114,115,116
Jieun Choi 113,114,115 121,122 104,105,106 105,106,107 101,102 122,123 117,118,119
Rebekah Huang 104,105,106 123,124 107,108,109 108,109,110 103,104,105 124,125,126 120,121
Mary Ley 116,117,118 125,126 110,111,112 111,112 106,107,108 101,102 122,123,124
Alexander Parisky 119,120 101,102,103 113,114,115 113,114 109,110 103,104,105 125,126
Hinesh Patel 121,122 104,105,106 116,117,118 115,116,117 111,112,113 106,107 101,102
Mike Whitman 123,124 107,108,109 119,120 118,119,120 114,115,116 108,109,110 103,104
Jaime Wu 125,126 110,111,112 121,122 121,122,123 117,118,119 111,112,113 105,106,107
Name HW7 HW 8 HW 9 Lab 2 HW 10
Oct 30 Nov 13 Nov 20 Nov 30 Dec 7
Dipankan Bhattacharya 107,108 103,104,105 116,117,118 101,102 124,125,126
Neelam Bhojani 109,110 106,107,108 119,120,121 103,104 101,102,103
Zachary Breig 111,112 109,110,111 122,123 105,106,107 104,105
Jieun Choi 113,114,115 112,113 124,125,126 108,109,110 106,107
Rebekah Huang 116,117,118 114,115,116 101,102 111,112 108,109,110
Mary Ley 119,120,121 117,118 103,104,105 113,114,115 111,112
Alexander Parisky 122,123 119,120,121 106,107,108 116,117,118 113,114,115
Hinesh Patel 134,125,126 122,123 109,110 119,120,121 116,117,118
Mike Whitman 101,102,103 124,125,16 111,112 122,123,124 119,120
Jaime Wu 104,105,106 101,102 113,114,115 125,126 121,122,123

GSIs and UGSIs

Graduate Student Instructors

  1. Josh Burkart
  2. Jackson Debuhr
  3. Chat Hull
  4. Therese Jones
  5. Aaron Lee
  6. Bernie Lin
  7. Ryan Maas
  8. James McBride
  9. Thea Steele

Undergraduate Student Instructors

  1. Chris Griffith
  2. Anna Rosen


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-10 125: JD 104: TJ 110: RM 102: TS 122: JD
10-11 126: JD 109: TJ 119: RM 111: TS
11-12 105: BL 115: BL 107: JB
12-1 121: CH 112: JB 123: JD 113: JM
1-2 106: AL 103: JB 114: JM Meeting
2-3 118: CH 101: CG 116: AR 117: JB
3-4 Lecture 108: CG Lecture 124: AR Lecture
4-5 120: AL


101 : CG 102 : TS 103 : JB 104 : TJ 105 : BL 106 : AL 107 : JB 108 : CG 109 : TJ 110 : RM
111 : TS 112 : JB 113 : JM 114 : JM 115 : BL 116 : AR 117 : JB 118 : CH 119 : RM 120 : AL
121 : CH 122 : JD 123 : JD 124 : AR 125 : JD 126 : JD

First Meeting Itinerary (OLD)

  1. Welcomes
    1. Introductions
    2. Ice-breakers
    3. The role of the GSI
    4. Overview of responsibilities (hand out books/course packets?)
      1. Sections
      2. Office Hours
      3. TALC (The Astronomy Learning Center)
      4. Review Sessions
      5. Star Parties
  2. Decide on a permanent meeting time
  3. Pick sections
  4. TALC Assignments
  5. Quick overview of bSpace and the EBRB
  6. Your First Section
  7. Things you need to do now

Announcements (OLD)

Oct 2nd

Review Sessions

Tuesday, 5-7 pm, 10 Evans

5-6 : James, Ryan

6-7 : Therese, Jackson

Wednesday, 7-9 pm, 1 Pimentel

7-8 : Thea, Chris

8-9 : Anna, Aaron

Thursday, 7-9 pm, 120 Latimer

7-8 : Josh, Bernie

8-9 : Josh, Chat

Midterm Exams

Friday, 3-5 pm, 121 Wheeler

Students with Disabilities : Josh

Friday, 3-4 pm, 10 Evans : Thea, James, Chat

Friday, 3-4 pm, 150 Wheeler : Everyone Else

Grading Party

Friday, 4-?? pm, 6th floor lounge : Everyone

Sept 11th


With grades coming back, you will undoubtedly have to deal with one of two possible situations: 1.) You have homework for students who are no longer in your section. 2.) You are missing homework for students who are in your section.

These will occur because of all the section swaps (and general student confusion). Here is what we can do:

At the top of our Wiki page is a new link called “Stray Homework”. Click on it. You'll be taken to a new page (after you are asked to log in).

1. If you have homework for students that are not on your section rosters (that is, do not appear in the grade book on bSpace when you are entering grades), post this information on this page. State the homework assignment, the student's name, what their score was, and who you are. You can copy the example I give.

2. Everyone else, check this site periodically (a couple days after graders return the homework), and see if any of your students are on this list. If so, E-mail the GSI who has the homework and arrange a time to exchange. Also, enter the grade on bSpace.

3. Once the exchange has occurred, you can take the student off the list.

In theory, we will need this page less and less as the weeks go on. But for the first couple weeks, let's use this rather than flooding our inboxes with E-mail requests.

Let me know if this is clear, Aaron

Sept 9th

In your mailboxes will be envelopes (one for each section). In the envelope is the grade sheet. The graders “should” get everyone's work back by this evening. If this is not the case, please let me know.

How to enter grades:

1. Log onto bSpace

2. Click “Gradebook”

3. Click “HW 1”

4. A list of all your students (from both sections) will appear. You can use the drop-down bar to enter grades for one section at time, or input both at the same time. Be careful; assign the correct grades to your students. If a student did not turn an assignment in, leave it blank for now.

5. Click “save changes”

6. Store the grade sheets in a safe place. Do not lose these!

7. Hand back the homework during your next section.

Aim to have this done within a day of receiving the grades from the graders. Else the students will panic and you will have 30 E-mails of tears saying they turned in their homework but received a zero.

Sept 1st

Greetings GSIs,

Students are managing to find section swappers. Also, if you look at “Section Info” on our bSpace site, you'll notice that the number of students / section is starting to drop. So I'll explain how to let people into sections.

Swapping and Assigning

Suppose Jon and Emily want to switch sections. Jon is currently in Section 101, and Emily is in Section 120.

1. Log into our bSpace site.

2. Click “Section Info.” A list of sections should display. If not, press the little 'rewind/recycle' button next to “Section Info” in the main window.

3. Find Section 101 and click “Assign Students.” Two lists should pop up. The left-hand side should be “Unassigned Students.” The right-hand list will be Section 101's roster.

4. In the drop-down tab, find Section 120. The left-hand list will change to Section 120's roster.

5. Find the student (Emily) in Section 120, click on her, and click on the SINGLE right arrow under “Move Selected”. (If you accidently click “Move all” make sure you hit CANCEL, PLEASE!) If you don't screw up, her name will now be at the bottom of Section 101's list.

6. Do the same for the student (Jon) in 101, moving him to the left into Section 120.

7. Click “Assign Students.”

8. Update your attendance sheets.

9. Let the two students know the switch has occurred. Remind them that they should turn in their homework under their NEW section. The graders will have updated rosters.

10. Repeat if necessary.

For assigning students, it's the same procedure, just you only move one person into a particular section. Students who have not signed up for a section (waitlisted students, for example), will fall under “Unassigned.” We need to try to empty this list out. If you switch a student's section assignment, you should let them know. If you don't have their E-mail, use bSpace Messages, where you can search for students by name.

Some students have switched on Tele-Bears even though we asked them not to. Their changes will not show up on bSpace, and after I write to the class they will hopefully contact you soon about the switch. Hopefully with the attrition there will not be a problem, but let them know that Tele-Bears means nothing to section assignment, only course enrollment.

TO DO (by Thursday evening):

Take a look at your section size and if it is below 33, add people off your waitlist. Again, if you change something, you should let that student and their previous GSI know what happened. Please do this by Thursday evening, so I can have the most up-to-date rosters to give the graders for HW 1.

P.S. If you noticed your section size dropping, do not take it personally. It's completely random. If you notice your section size has dropped to '2', then we will need to wonder.

Best, Aaron Lee

Aug 30th

Notes from the Head GSI

Welcome to a new year at Cal and to the Astro C10 / L&S C70U team! This year we are experimenting with using a Wiki page for the GSIs of Alex Filippenko's Astro C10 course. The hopes are the following:

  • This site will allow GSIs to easily (re)view announcements from the head GSI.
  • This site will serve as a useful starting point for planning sections on a certain topic. Thoughts have included creating a place where GSIs can make comments (both good and bad) on EBRB content they used in section.
  • This site will help keep C10 happenings and Ay300 instruction synchronized.
  • This site will eventually house all the previously used Think-Pair-Share questions. It is hoped that this website will be a place where fellow GSIs can make comments on previously used TPS questions, add questions of their own, and receive feedback on their own TPS questions from the head GSI and other GSIs.

Aug 28th

We WILL be meeting this Friday from 1 - 2 pm in the lounge.

Thank you everyone for absorbing all that information. Do not panic, it will all make sense with time. A PDF of the slides from our first meeting can be found here: gsimeetingkeynote.pdf

We will be meeting with Alex from 1 - 2 pm tomorrow (Tuesday). We will meet in the 6th floor lounge of Campbell Hall.

Course schedules can be found in the student Course Reader or on bSpace under 'Resources'.

Aug 25th


Some of you have queried me on office hours. It is ok if you do not know when your schedule is going to be open at this moment. In fact, I might recommend waiting until after your first section to finalize the times. If you wanted, you could poll the class to see what times work best for the most students.

Also be sure to remind the students that they can attend ANY GSI's office hours, not just the one they are enrolled in. As Josh and I were mentioning today, my office hour “regulars” were students who were NOT in my two sections last year.

Best, Aaron Lee

Aug 24th

Fellow GSIs,

Thank you for attending our lengthy meeting this afternoon. Combining that with Ay300, many of you assimilated a lot of information today. You should be commended.

Reminder: Our meeting tomorrow with Alex will be from 1 - 2 pm in the 6th floor lounge of Campbell Hall. This takes place one hour before Ay300, which will be meeting in 544 Campbell Hall. At that time you should make note of where my office is (541 Campbell) in case you ever need to come see me.

TALC WILL meet this week (i.e., this Wednesday and Thursday). I will have math review worksheets that are the standard first-TALC work for us tomorrow.

At this time I should also have your attendance sheets for your first sections.

Our C10 site ( has been updated. You can find copies of the slides under “Announcements.” Our GSI oath is also now posted. I will make it a goal to read it every Tuesday before going into section.

You have all been assigned to your sections on bSpace. Check under “Section Info” to make sure I have assigned you correctly.

Things to do NOW:

  1. Remember the meeting tomorrow.
  2. Think about when you want office hours to be.
  3. Update the bSpace resources with your contact information, OH schedule, etc. when known. Thank you to those who have already done so.

The rest of the semester will not be as information packed, I promise. Even if you did not get everything today, stuff will be repeated throughout the semester. Everything will work out. But if you ever feel overwhelmed, don't hesitate to come chat with me. I find a box of Mike&Ikes always makes me feel better, and I am willing to share.

Until tomorrow, Aaron Lee

Aug 21st


Greetings again. As I mentioned in the previous E-mail, we have a Wiki page for C10. The address is the following:

It will contain (among other things) copies of all these announcements.


I admit that I misspoke in my previous E-mail. I had said there were no Astronomy classes scheduled Monday from 1 - 2 pm. This is not true: Marcy's Rocky Planets Seminar is from 12 - 2:30 pm. So having our weekly group meeting Mondays from 1 - 2 pm would prevent any of us from taking this class. Alex is also open to having Friday 1 - 2 pm be our regularly scheduled meeting time. If this time is a problem, please let me know. We will also discuss this as a group at our meeting on Monday.


Our first meeting itinerary is below. This also can be found on our website.

1. Welcomes - Introductions and an overview of the class, the GSI role, and all of our responsibilities. We will discuss the point of sections, office hours, TALC (The Astronomy Learning Center), Review Sessions, and Star Parties.

2. Decide on a permanent meeting time

3. Pick Sections - Bring your schedules with you to our meeting on Monday. You should look at our website, where the times of all the sections are shown, and think about your preferences. Each of you will have two discussion sections except Josh and Jackson, who will have four. Make a list of sections you CAN teach and bring it with you on Monday. Note: I did not say to pick the two (or four) sections you MOST WANT. Please be open and accommodating and we can all get sections that work best for us.

4. TALC Assignments - Not everyone will have a TALC assignment, but for now assume that you will. TALC assignments are an hour long and TALC runs on Wednesday from 7 - 9 pm and Thursday from 6 - 9 pm. Make a note of which hour blocks you could attend and bring this with you to our Monday meeting.

5. Quick overview of bSpace and EBRB - Since we are in 501 Campbell, I can use the projector system to show everyone important features of bSpace and the EBRB. Feel free to bring your laptops with you and follow along if you desire.

6. Your First Section - I will go over important points to keep in mind when planning your first sections. This will be similar (but briefer) than what some of you had just talked about in Ay300.

7. Other topics that come to mind - I may pontificate about the joys of GSI-ing under the great Filippenko. Or I may suggest we all go celebrate the beginning of the semester with a beer.

Remember, our first meeting will be Monday, Aug 24th, at 4 pm.

And, as always, do not hesitate to E-mail me if you have questions or concerns.

Best, Aaron Lee

Aug 19th

Greetings GSIs,

Thank you for promptly responding to the previous E-mail. It shows me that I probably do not need to say this, but I will anyway: Get in the habit NOW of checking your E-mail frequently and reading through E-mails carefully. Some messages from Alex or me may contain timely material that needs to be addressed quickly. Once we start using bSpace more, make sure bSpace messages are not being tagged as spam.

As for our meeting, we have narrowed down on one time:

Monday, Aug 24, 4 pm in 501 Campbell Hall.

Most of you will be in 501 already with Josh for Ay300, so let us just continue the discussion there. I may attend this particular 300 myself, so I will get to meet most of you then. This will also help me get a sense of what you already talked about with Josh so I do not have to repeat the basics. A detailed itinerary of our first meeting will follow in a day or so.

I will mention one quick side note since some of you have E-mailed and asked me: Alex will provide you with a copy of the textbook and the student course packet. You do NOT have to buy them at the bookstore.


The times of next week's meetings will only be for next week. After that, we will have one weekly meeting with Professor Filippenko. Alex and I would like to have these meetings on *Monday at 1 pm* in the 6th floor lounge of Campbell Hall. Let me know if this time will be an issue. (There are no sections or graduate astronomy classes scheduled during this time.)


The bSpace website is up and you are all registered. Login here : There should be a tab for 'Astro C10 / L&S C70U Fall 2009' . If not, let me know ASAP. I encourage you to explore the site and become familiar with it.

If you really want to prepare, you can read through the Syllabus section. It contains the same information that is in the student course packet. We will go over some of this material (and bSpace in general) on Monday.


This year we are experimenting with having a website for Filippenko's C10 course. The address can be found at the bottom of the 300 webpage. The direct link is the following:

It is hoped that this site will be frequently visited and will serve as a forum for many useful discussions related to teaching. Where Ay300 covers teaching in general, this site is hoped to help GSIs come up with better ways to teach specific topics in C10. The site itself is still a work in progress. There is more to discuss about this site, which we will talk about in our first meeting.


In summary:

  1. Our meeting next week will be on Monday at 4 pm in 501 Campbell.
  2. Our weekly meetings from then on will be on Monday at 1 pm in the 6th floor lounge.
  3. Check out bSpace and the C10 websites. Explore and discover.
  4. E-mail me if you have pressing questions. Well done to those who already have done so.
  5. Stay tuned for an itinerary of our meeting and messages from Alex.

Best, Aaron Lee

Aug 17th

GSIs of Astro C10 / L&S C70U,

Welcome to a new year at Cal and to the Astro C10 / L&S C70U team! I–Aaron–am the head GSI this semester, happily serving as your go-to person and mentor (and boss). I am looking forward to working with each of you. Let's do all that we can to make this class really great!

The time before classes begin is fleeting. I would like to schedule a meeting for next weekend to go over course logistics, assign sections, discuss teaching at the C10 level, and maybe even talk a little physics (doubtful). I suggest the following possibilities:

Sunday, Aug 23, 1 pm Monday, Aug 24, 1 pm (before Ay300) Monday, Aug 24, 4 pm (after Ay300) ←- My preference

Also, some of you may need keys to Campbell Hall. This is information I need to know. There are a total of three keys: One to the front door of Campbell, one to the mailroom, and one to the telescope dome on the roof. For example, the students outside the astronomy department will probably need all three keys. Incoming first years will only need the telescope key. Previous GSIs might need nothing.

Give me your date preferences and key needs here :

Professor Filippenko (Alex) would also like to meet with all of us sometime on Tuesday, Aug 25 (He'll E-mail us with times). Sections and lectures begin the following day. (Note: Wednesday, Aug 26 sections will still meet even though the students have not yet attended lecture 1.)

Once we finalize a date, I'll send you another E-mail with an itinerary and more information. If you have any questions you cannot wait to ask, please E-mail me. This is always encouraged: never be shy to flood my inbox. And if you cannot make any of these times, E-mail me ASAP.

I look forward to meeting some of you for the first time in the coming week. For those I already know, I am glad for this opportunity to see you again.

PLEASE click on this link NOW :

Best, Aaron Lee