ASTR 101 Lecture Schedule

Lecture Date
Lecture Topic
Reading
Comment
Tue. Aug. 29 Introduction, The Scale of the Universe Syllabus, Chap. 1
Thu. Aug. 31 Seasons and the Changing Sky Chap. 2
Tue. Sep. 5 Lunar Phases and Eclipses Chap. 2 Syllabus Cover Sheet due
Thu. Sep. 7 Competing Cosmologies Chap. 2 and 3 Syllabus Cover Sheet due
Tue. Sep. 12 Kepler's Laws Chap. 3 HW#1 Due
Thu. Sep. 14 Newton's Laws of Motion Chap. 3
Tue. Sep. 19 The Universal Law of Gravitation Chap. 3
Thu. Sep. 21 The Solar System and its Origin Chap. 4
Tue. Sep. 26 The Terrestrial Planets Chap. 5
Thu. Sep. 28 The Terrestrial Planets Chap. 5 HW#2 Due
Tue. Oct. 3 MIDTERM EXAM I Lectures 1-8, Chap. 1-4 Exam in PHYS 1412
Thu. Oct. 5 Terrestrial Planets + Jovian Planets, Rings, and Moons Chap. 5 and 6
Tue. Oct. 10 Jovian Rings and Moons + Debris in the Solar System Chap. 6
Thu. Oct. 12 Debris in the Solar System + Light, Atomic Physics, Spectra Chap. 6 + Tools of science in Chap. 5 and 8
Tue. Oct. 17 Light, Atomic Physics, Spectra, Doppler Effect, Telescopes Tools of science in Chap. 8, 3 and 7 HW#3 Due
Thu. Oct. 19 Effects of Earth's Atmosphere; Extrasolar Planets Chap. 7
Tue. Oct. 24 Extrasolar Planets; The Sun, Our Star Chap. 7 and 8
Thu. Oct. 26 The Sun, Our Star; Other Stars Chap. 8
Tue. Oct. 31 A Star's Life: Early & Late Stages Chap. 9
Thu. Nov. 2 A Star's Life: Late Stages (neutron stars, black holes) Chap. 10
Tue. Nov. 7 Our Galaxy: The Milky Way Galaxy Chap. 11 HW#4 Due
Thu. Nov. 9 Properties of Normal Galaxies Chap. 11
Tue. Nov. 14 MIDTERM EXAM II Lectures 9-19; Chap. 5-10 + Tools of science in Chap. 3, 5, 7-8 Exam in PHYS 1412
Thu. Nov. 16 Active Galaxies Chap. 11
Tue. Nov. 21 Galaxy Clustering, Dark Matter Chap. 11 and 14.1
Thu. Nov. 23 -------------------- Happy Thanksgiving ! ---------------------
Tue. Nov. 28 Cosmology: Expansion and Early Universe Chap. 12, 13, 14.2, and 14.3
Thu. Nov. 30 Cosmology: Fate of our Universe, Unanswered Questions Chap. 12, 13, 14.2, and 14.3 HW#5 Due
Tue. Dec. 5 Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe Chap. 15
Thu. Dec. 7 Final Remarks All
Wed. Dec 13 FINAL EXAM (8:00 - 10:00 am) All Exam in PHYS 1412

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