ASTR 101 Lecture Schedule

Lecture Date
Lecture Topic
Reading
Comment
Thu. Jan. 26 Introduction, The Scale of the Universe Syllabus, Chap. 1
Tue. Jan. 31 Seasons and the Changing Sky Chap. 2 Syllabus Cover Sheet due
Thu. Feb. 2 Lunar Phases and Eclipses Chap. 2 Syllabus Cover Sheet due
Tue. Feb. 7 Competing Cosmologies Chap. 2 and 3
Thu. Feb. 9 Kepler's Laws Chap. 3
Tue. Feb. 14 Newton's Laws of Motion Chap. 3 HW#1 Due
Thu. Feb. 16 The Universal Law of Gravitation Chap. 3
Tue. Feb. 21 The Solar System and its Origin Chap. 4
Thu. Feb. 23 The Terrestrial Planets Chap. 5
Tue. Feb. 28 The Terrestrial Planets Chap. 5 HW#2 Due
Thu. Mar. 2 MIDTERM EXAM I Chap. 1-4 Exam in PHYS 1412
Tue. Mar. 7 Mars; Jovian Planets, Moons, and Rings Chap. 6
Thu. Mar. 9 Jovian Moons, Rings; Debris in the Solar System Chap. 6
Tue. Mar. 14 Light, Atomic Physics, Spectra --- CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW!
Thu. Mar. 16 Light, Atomic Physics, Spectra Tools of science in Chap. 5 and 8 HW#3 Due
Tue. Mar. 21 --- SPRING BREAK --- ---
Thu. Mar. 23 --- SPRING BREAK --- ---
Tue. Mar. 28 Spectra, Doppler Effect, Telescopes Tools of science in Chap. 3 and 7
Thu. Mar. 30 Effects of Earth's Atmosphere; Extrasolar Planets Section 5.1; Chap. 7
Tue. Apr. 4 The Sun, Our Star Chap. 8
Thu. Apr. 6 Other Stars Chap. 8
Tue. Apr. 11 A Star's Life: Early & Late Stages Chap. 9
Thu. Apr. 13 End States of a Star's Life Chap. 10 HW#4 Due
Tue. Apr. 18 MIDTERM EXAM II Chap. 5 - 10 + Tools of science in Chap. 3 Exam in PHYS 1412
Thu. Apr. 20 Our Galaxy: The Milky Way Galaxy Chap. 11
Tue. Apr. 25 Properties of Normal Galaxies Chap. 11
Thu. Apr. 27 Active Galaxies Chap. 11
Tue. May 2 Galaxy Clustering, Dark Matter Chap. 11 and 14.1 HW#5 Due
Thu. May 4 Cosmology: Expansion and Birth of our Universe Chap. 12, 13, 14.2, and 14.3
Tue. May 9 Cosmology: Fate of our Universe, Unanswered Questions Chap. 12, 13, 14.2, and 14.3
Thu. May 11 Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe Chap. 15
Sat. May 13 FINAL EXAM (8:00 - 10:00 am) All Exam in PHYS 1412

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