Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Students have a weekly online reading assignment (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com), where they answer questions based on reading their textbook, material covered in previous lectures, opinion questions, and/or asking (anonymous) questions or making (anonymous) comments. Full credit is given for completing the online reading assignment before next week's lecture, regardless if whether their answers are correct/incorrect. Selected results/questions/comments are addressed by the instructor at the start of the following lecture.
The following questions were asked on reading textbook chapters and previewing presentations on quantum leaps, and the sun's outer layers.
Selected/edited responses are given below.
Describe something you found interesting from the assigned textbook reading or presentation preview, and explain why this was personally interesting for you.
"That the sun actually has layers instead of just being a huge gas ball."
"The photosphere--it's cool how such a thin part of the sun can be so bright."
"Convection currents are pretty cool. It is also awesome that you could land on a sunspot and not die as quickly."
"That sunspots are dull orange, just they appear dark due to the heat of the background."
"This entire time I always thought a lava lamp had actual lava in it. I always wondered why the damn thing didn't just burn up? Now, thanks to your presentation, I know the truth!"
"I thought using a lava lamp to explain convection was interesting because it was a great visual that made the concept easy to understand."
Describe something you found confusing from the assigned textbook reading or presentation preview, and explain why this was personally confusing for you.
"Quantum leaps are confusing because I do not understand why they occur, and what they do."
"I've had chemistry, and I remember a lot of this from high school."
"The way atoms work with photons and how they are absorbed or emitted by electrons."
"I am not quite sure why certain gases create certain colors. I am not sure if there is a reason of this, but if there is I would like to know."
An electron in an atom must emit a photon when it jumps from a __________ energy orbital to a __________ energy orbital.
lower; higher. *******  higher; lower. ****************  (Both of the above choices.) **  (Unsure/guessing/lost/help!) * 
An electron in an atom must absorb a photon when it jumps from a __________ energy orbital to a __________ energy orbital.
lower; higher. ****************  higher; lower. ******  (Both of the above choices.) ***  (Unsure/guessing/lost/help!) * 
* The exterior of the sun, from inner to outermost layers, are the:
(Only correct responses shown.)
inner: photosphere [69%]
middle: chromosphere [62%]
outer: corona [73%]
State your preference regarding miso soup.
Strongly dislike.  Dislike.  Neutral. ********  Like ***  Strongly like. ************  (I don't know what miso soup is.) *** 
Ask the instructor an anonymous question, or make a comment. Selected questions/comments may be discussed in class.
"Could you possibly bring miso soup into class one day?" (No. I'm going to assign that for homework. For those of you who don't even know what that is, go and try miso soup for homework. You know you are. I certainly do.)
"Can we see a picture of Mrs. P-dog in class sometime?" (Well, here you go.)
"If you landed on a sunspot and knowing you only had three seconds to live, what would be your last words?" (Cool. Cool cool cool.)
"Why don't you teach us instead of us reading it?" (I would like to teach you the complicated stuff in class, and also teach you the stuff that you couldn't understand on your own. In order to do this, you do need to read ahead on your own, and show me what you understand and/or don't understand.)