Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
NASA news release, "New Eye on the Sun," February 11, 2010NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was recently launched, and its mission is to:
(A) understand the effect of the sun on Earth's atmosphere and climate.
(B) detect the presence of dark matter within sunspots.
(C) shield Earth from global warming from the sun.
(D) determine how much longer the sun will live, before becoming a red giant.
(E) observe the effect of high energy particle beams directed onto solar flares.
Correct answer: (D)
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 19 students
(D) : 37 students
(E) : 3 students