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Philip Blanco
Philip Blanco

Philip Blanco

Lecturer


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Contact Info:

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Phone: 619-644-7312
Office: Building 34, Room 158
Office Hours: Tues/Thu 3-5pm, Wed 3-4pm, or by appointment. Please let me know when you intend to arrive, to avoid conflicts with other students.

 

Course(s):

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ASTR120  Exploration of the Solar System

Course Links:

ASTR120 course web page and syllabus information

Course Notes:

Satisfies General Education physical science lecture requirement. Discusses historical and current astronomical concepts with emphasis on the amazing discoveries we have made about our solar system, and others. Students can take the associated ASTR 112 laboratory during the same semester, or later, to satisfy the GE physical science laboratory requirement. No pre-requisites - basic math and calculation skills used.

ASTR112  Astronomy Laboratory

Course Links:

ASTR112 course web page

Course Notes:

Satisfies General Education physical science lab requirement. Uses instruments (e.g. telescopes and star maps), experiments, and computer simulations to obtain, calculate, and analyze astronomical data about the solar system. Requires either a C grade or better from a prior ASTR 110 or ASTR 120 class, or current enrollment in ASTR 110 or ASTR 120. Uses basic math and calculator skills.

PHYC130  Fundamentals of Physics I

Course Links:

PHYC130 course web page and syllabus information

Course Notes:

First of a 2-semester sequence introducing physics to life-science majors; counts for most medical schools. Calculus-based, but mainly requires familiarity with basics of trigonometry and vectors. Look online for used copies of the book "Get Ready for Physics" to brush up on essential math topics.

PHYC110  General Physics Laboratory

Course Links:

PHYC110 Laboratory web page

Course Notes:

This physics course is structured for students who have had little or no previous physics or mathematics. The math which is needed is explained as the course progresses. Physics is a study of the real and natural events, laws and phenomena which exist and interact in the universe around us. In this course those laws and events are studied with particular emphasis on the physics normally encountered in everyday living, such as motion, light and human vision, sound and hearing, energy and its use and conservation.
PSC111  Physical Science Laboratory

Course Links:

PSC111 course web page

Course Notes:

Designed to accompany and augment Physical Science 110. An introductory approach to scientific investigation designed primarily for the student who is not majoring in science. The course provides an opportunity to explore a variety of physical materials, phenomena, and concepts such as motion, heat, sound, light, and energy.
AGI / STK Software Honors Projects - 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.
Astronomy Research Seminar Honors Project (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, analyze the data, and publish the results in a peer-reviewed research journal.
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Education

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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