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Below is the table of contents. Classes indicated as "lecture" will meet in N210 (large lecture hall), while those listed as "discussion" will be in one of the individual smaller classrooms designated for this purpose.
Get an outline for the notes here. You can use it to fill in notes for the topics and as a study guide.
How did astronomy get started?
The story of our gaining an understanding of the planetary motions now begins. It allows us to examine how science works, in slow motion (about 15 centuries worth).
|Aug. 29||Friday||lecture||Greek Astronomy, Ptolemy, Medieval Astronomy, Copernicus, Tycho|
|Sept. 3||Wednesday||lecture||Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Scientific Method (repeat)|
|Sept. 5||Friday||lecture||Physical Laws, Light|
|Sept. 10||Wednesday||Meet in Planetarium||Understanding the Sky|
|Sept. 12||Friday||discussion||Sizes and distances, lunar phases, sky motions|
|Sept. 15||Monday||lecture||Modern Physics, Observatories|
We begin the story of what we have learned with these tools by looking at the origin of the Universe itself.
|Sept. 17||Wednesday||lecture||The Big Bang, The Fate of the Universe, The Start of Everything|
|Sept. 19||Friday||discussion||Spectroscopy lab, due Sept. 26|
|Sept. 22||Monday||lecture||Era of Nuclei, Era of Atoms and Era of Galaxies|
Stars and galaxies are the foundation of our understanding of the Universe. Our understanding of stars starts with the sun.
|Sept. 24||Wednesday||EXAM||review and practice|
|Sept. 29||Monday||lecture||The Sun, Interior of the Sun|
How does the sun compare with other stars? What happens as stars get older?
|Oct. 1||Wednesday||lecture||Other Stars, Evolution of Stars Lunar phases due|
|Oct. 3||Friday||discussion||Sun Lab|
|Oct. 6||Monday||lecture||Deaths of Stars, Stellar Black Holes|
|Oct. 8||Wednesday||lecture||Novae and Supernovae, Supernova Remnants|
|Oct. 10||Friday||discussion||HR diagram due at beginning of lab, discuss stellar evolution, graphs, etc.|
Galaxies are huge systems of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter.
|Oct. 13||Monday||lecture||Discovery of the Milky Way, Discovery of Galaxies, The Interstellar Medium|
|Oct. 15||Wednesday||lecture||Dark Matter, Distribution of Galaxies in Space, Types of Galaxy|
|Oct. 17||Friday||discussion||Leavitt photometry discussion, discuss standard candles, sun lab|
Galaxies have a broad variety of characteristics, including cores containing supermassive black holes that produce dramatic activity.
|Oct. 20||Monday||lecture||The Milky Way, Center of the Milky Way|
|Oct. 22||Wednesday||lecture||Active Galaxy Nuclei|
|Oct. 24||Friday||discussion||Review for exam|
Star formation shapes the appearance of the Universe
|Oct. 27||Monday||lecture||Formation of Stars, Spiral Arms, Growing Galaxies|
|Oct. 29||Wednesday||EXAM||review and practice|
Each planet in our solar system has unique properties that provide clues to the formation of the system
|Nov. 3||Monday||lecture||Formation of the Solar System, Overview of Solar System|
|Nov. 5||Wednesday||lecture||Exploring Planets, Earth|
|Nov. 12||Wednesday||lecture||The Moon, Mercury|
|Nov. 17||Monday||lecture||Venus, Mars|
|Nov. 19||Wednesday||lecture||Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune|
|Nov. 21||Friday||discussion||Mars missions, radioactivity, statistics|
We learn more about the solar system from its smaller members.
|Nov. 24||Monday||lecture||Jupiter's Moons, Moons and Rings|
|Nov. 26||Wednesday||lecture||Pluto, Solar System Debris|
Is there intelligent life "out there?"
|Dec. 1||Monday||lecture||Other Planets, Long Term Climate, Habitable Zones|
|Dec. 3||Wednesday||lecture||Formation of Life, Advanced Life|
|Dec. 5||Friday||discussion||Habitable planet discussion, Kepler Mission discussion|
|Dec. 8||Monday||lecture||Mass Extinctions, Emergence of Intelligence|
|Dec. 10||Wednesday||lecture||Contacting Other Civilizations|
|Dec. 12||Friday||FINAL||10:30am-12:30pm for 10am class review and practice|
|Dec. 15||Monday||FINAL||10:30am-12:30pm for 11am class review and practice|