Class/Homework Schedule    
Astronomy 1101/1103
Fall 2012
   
The zip of all of the lectures (46.6 MB) ZIP
Date Lec No. Topic Readings (chapter) HW# Hand Out Turn In Get Back
August 22 Wed 1 The Observable Universe          
  24 Fri 2 The Nature of the Universe: Cosmic Forces 4/S4        
  27 Mon 3 Atoms and Spectroscopy 5 1 1    
  29 Wed 4 Black Body Radiation 5 1      
  31 Fri 5 Stellar Spectra 15 1      
September 3 Mon   No Class (Labor Day)   2 2* 1  
  5 Wed 6 Stellar Distances and Magnitudes 15 2      
  7 Fri 7 Stellar Motions 15 2      
  10 Mon 8 Observing the Sky 6/S1 3 3 2 1
  12 Wed 9 Tools of Astronomy: Telescopes 6 3      
  14 Fri 10 Binary Stars 15 3      
  17 Mon 11 Stellar Clusters 15 4 4 3 2
  19 Wed 12 Star Formation 16 4      
  21 Fri   EXAM No.1   4      
  24 Mon 13 Stellar Energy and Nucleosynthesis 17 5 5 4 3
  26 Wed 14 Stellar Evolution 17 5      
  28 Fri 15 The Death of the Stars 18 5      
October 1 Mon 16 Our Star: The Sun 14 6 6 5 4
  3 Wed 17 Special Relativity + [M. Mayor Talk]** S2 6      
  5 Fri 18 General Relativity/Black Holes S3 6      
  8 Mon   No Class (Fall Break)          
  10 Wed 19 General Relativity 18 6      
  12 Fri 20 Black Holes 19 6      
  15 Mon 21 The Milky Way 19 7 7 6 5
  17 Wed 22 The Galactic Center 19 7      
  19 Fri 23 Galaxies 20/21 7      
  22 Mon 24 Active Galaxies 21 8 8 7 6
  24 Wed   EXAM No.2
Practice Exam
  8      
  26 Fri 25 Night Sky I 3/S1 8      
  29 Mon 26 Night Sky II 3/S1 9 9 8 7
  31 Wed 27 Cosmology - Introduction 20 9      
November 2 Fri 28 Cosmology - Fate of the Universe 22 9      
  5 Mon 29 Cosmology - Geometry, CMB 23 10 10 9 8
  7 Wed 30 Cosmology - Early Universe 23 10      
  9 Fri 31 Habilitability of Worlds 10 10      
  12 Mon 32 Searching for Other Worlds 13     10 9
  14 Wed   EXAM No.3
Practice Exam
         
  16 Fri 33 Intelligent Life in the Universe 24        
  19 Mon 34 Where is Everyone? 24        
  21 Wed   No Class          
  23 Fri   No Class (Thanksgiving Break)          
  26 Mon 35 Our Solar System 7       10
  28 Wed 36 SOFIA: Airborne Infrared Astronomy          
  30 Fri 37 Conclusion/Review          
FINAL EXAM: Friday, December 7th, 2:00 PM in Baker Laboratory 200
Practice finals (48 KB)
Previous year practice prelims (123 KB)
*: Monday sections need to pick-up/turn-in homework assignments on Tuesday or in class on Wednesday
**: Scwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, 5:00 PM
NOTES:
The lecture content, order, and titles may change, but the exam dates are fixed.
The above homework assignments are to be handed out, turned in, and returned in your section.