what we did in class
written assignments due
tuesday 3/30
morning: what is life:
morning: find and read an interesting article on astrobiology; write summary

afternoon: how to determine planetary temperature


characteristics of life
wednesday 3/31
morning: condensation&accretion theory:
how temperature determines
a) planetary composition
b) planetary size/mass

morning: early earth evolution

morning: how to find your planet in the sky: work on the computer (The Sky software)

morning: work on extremophile examples (computers)

afternoon: group work on early atmosphere epochs
(resource LitU: 4(3) 4(4: the greenhouse effect. the carbon dioxide cycle, long-term climate change, ice ages)

afternoon: group presentations on atmospheric epochs

afternoon: discussion of extreme conditions and terrestrial extremophiles
extremophiles: 3(5),

formation & early history of earth: 4(2,3)

habiltability zones: 9
summary/review of an
interesting astrobiology article

determination of "your planet's" temperature

thursday, april 1

9 - 10 am:  earth history timeline
10 - 11 am: heredity
11 - 12 am: article on Snowball Earth; read and meet with group partners

1 - 2 pm: big presentation next week

2 pm - 3:30 pm: comp time for planetarium trip

6:10 meet at Watts entrance for trip to planetarium

section 3.2, 3.4

printout of your star/planet finding chart

where does the atmospheric N2 and Ar come from?
(be specific!)

when did N2 take over from CO2 as the major constituent of the atmosphere?  why did this happen?

chapter 4 & 5: prepare for timeline "quiz" on what happened in the various eons

9 - 10 Mars and water and carbon dioxide

10 - 11  organic chemistry

11 - 12  work on big presentation

1 - 2

2 - 3:30 pm: Snowball Earth presentations

sections 7(1,2)