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Philip Blanco
Philip Blanco

Philip Blanco



Contact Info:

Phone: 619-644-7312
Office: Building 34, Room 158
Office Hours: Mon 10:30-12:30pm, Tue/Wed 2:30-4pm, or by appointment. Please let me know when you intend to arrive, to avoid conflicts with other students.



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ASTR 120  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.

PHYC 130  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.

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.


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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