Astronomy 250 Syllabus


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Date

Topic

Reading

1

1/10/02

Introduction to Astronomy 250, Coordinates, Seasons, Eclipses

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Pages 1-9, Sec. 2.1

2

1/15/02

Orbital motions, gravity

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Sections 2.2, 2.3

3

1/17/02

Celestial mechanics, space missions

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Sections 2.4, 2.5

4

1/22/02

Electromagnetic Radiation

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Sections 4.1, 4.3

5

1/24/02

Global properties of planets, Matter in thermodynamic equilibrium

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Sections 3.1, 4.4

6

1/29/02

Terrestrial planets

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Section 3.2

7

1/31/02

Gas giant planets, Pluto

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Sections 3.4, 3.5

2/05/02

First Exam

8

2/07/02

Interaction of radiation with matter

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Section 4.5

9

2/12/02

Small bodies in the Solar System

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Sections 3.3,3.6,3.7,3.8

10

2/14/02

Telescopes and Detectors for UV, Visible, and Infrared Radiation

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Sections 5.1, 5.2.3

11

2/19/02

Telescopes and Detector for X-ray and radio radiation

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12

2/21/02

The Sun

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Sections 6.1, 7.3

13

2/26/02

Fundamental Properties of Stars Click here for smaller print Sections 6.2, 6.3

14

2/28/02

Classification of Stellar Spectra, HR Diagram, Masses of Stars

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Sections 6.4, 6.5

 

3/05/02

Second Exam

15

3/07/02

Spectroscopy, physics of stellar atmospheres,variable stars

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Sections 7.1, 7.2,7.4

3/09-17/02 Spring Break

16

3/19/02

Stellar Structure and Energy Production Click here for smaller print Sections 8.1,8.2

17

3/21/02

Stellar Evolution Click here for smaller print

Sections 8.3, 8.4

18

3/26/02

Introduction to the Milky Way, Star Clusters

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Sections 9.1, 9.2

19

3/28/02

Interstellar matter Click here for smaller print Sections 10.1, 10.2

20

4/02/02

Star formation and the IMF Click here for smaller print Sections 10.3, 10.4 , 10.5, Web notes

4/04/02

Third Exam

21

4/09/02

Extra-solar planets, formation of planetary systems, life in the Universe

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Web notes, Sections 14.1, 14.2

22

4/11/02

Structure and Dynamics of the Milky Way

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Sections 11.1-11.3

23

4/16/02

Distances to galaxies, properties of normal galaxies

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Section 12.1

24

4/18/02

Nuclear activity in galaxies, QSOs

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Sections 12.2-12.3

25

4/23/02

Galaxy clusters, large scale structure, galaxy evolution

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Sections 12.4,12.5

26

4/25/02

Models of the Universe, cosmic background radiation

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Sections 13.1-13.2

27

4/30/02

Evolution of the Universe, Inflation

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Section 13.3


5/09/02 2pm-4pm

Final Exam in N210 (Lec. Hall)