Philip Blanco



Contact Info:

Phone: 619-644-7312
Office: Building 34, Room 162
Office Hours: Fall 2019: Mon 2:30-4pm, Tue 2:30-4:00pm, Wed 2:30-4:30pm, or by appointment





ASTR120 Section 8528 Fall 2019  Exploration of the Solar System

Course Links:

ASTR120 Fall 2019 course web page

Course Notes:

This course satisfies the General Education science requirement for transfer to most universities, and is equivalent to ASTR110 (General Astronomy), but focuses more on the new discoveries made about our and other solar systems. In Fall 2019, class meetings are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:35pm in 34-171.


ASTR112 Section 2225 Fall 2019  Astronomy Laboratory

Course Links:

ASTR112 course web page

Course Notes:

ASTR112 Laboratory accompanies ASTR110 or ASTR120 and satisifies the General Education physical science laboratory requirement.


PSC111 Section 6038 Fall 2019  Physical Science Laboratory

Course Links:

PSC111 course web page

Course Notes:

This 1-unit, 3-hour laboratory class is for students taking (or those who have taken) PSC110 or PSC100. It satisfies the General Education science laboratory requirement for transfer to UC and CSU. It is also fun and makes use of everyday objects and situations to show that anyone can "do science"!


PHYC130 Section 7569 Fall 2019  Fundamentals of Physics I

Course Links:

PHYC130 course web page

Course Notes:

PHYC130 is the first of a 2-semester, calculus-based physics course sequence primarily for life-science majors. (STEM majors should instead take the 3-semester Physics 140/240/241 sequence.)


Honors Project  AGI / STK software - for all Physics students

Course Links:

STK Honors Project Information and forms

Course Notes:

Analytical Graphics, Inc. has generously provided licenses under its Educational Alliance program for Grossmont College students to use the many advanced features of its Systems ToolKit (STK) software for modeling moving objects (land, sea, air, and space). Follow the link above for more information about honors projects based on this software package which is used by the Department of Defense and many aerospace industrial applications.


Honors Project  Astronomy Research Seminar (in collaboration with other institutions)

Course Links:

Astronomy Research Seminar Honors project

Course Notes:

A research experience for students who will work as a team to make observations of double stars or exoplanets, analyze the data, and publish the results in a peer-reviewed research journal.





1986: B. Sc. (Honours) Physics, University of Durham, England.
1992: Ph. D. Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Thesis: Testing unified models of active galaxies through infrared spectroscopy. 



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