ASTRO 2201 Spr 2018 -- Lect #2 MWF 10:10 -- Professor Haynes

Tentative schedule

Readings come from the 2013 Second Edition edition of "Discovering the Cosmos" by R.C. Bless.
# Date Assignment Reading Topic
1 W Jan 24     Our View of the Universe
2 F Jan 26   Ch 2 Celestial sphere, local perspective, time
3 M Jan 29     Phases of Moon, eclipses, path of Sun in sky
4 W Jan 31 Asgmt #1 due Ch 3 What the ancients understood and how they figured things out
5 F Feb 02   Ch 4 Historical astronomy
6 M Feb 05   Ch 5 Birth of modern astronomy
7 W Feb 07 Essay #1 due Ch 6 Copernicus, Brahe and Kepler
8 F Feb 09   Ch 7 Galileo, Newton and the concept of gravity
9 M Feb 12     Distances, astronomical observations and the scientific method
10 W Feb 14 Paper #1 due Ch 8 Electromagnetic radiation and laws for thermal sources
11 F Feb 16     Intro to astronomical spectra, atoms, ions, isotopes, spectral lines
  M Feb 19   No class   Feb. break
12 W Feb 21   Ch 9 Introduction to telescopes; what images can tell us
13 F Feb 23 Asgmt #2 due (note date!)   What spectra can tell us
14 M Feb 26     Telescope design; multiwavelength astronomy; space telescope orbits
15 W Feb 28 Asgmt #3 due   Radio telescopes and arrays; astronomy in Chile; telescope time allocation
16 F Mar 02   Ch 10 CLASS CANCELLED due to snowstorm
17 M Mar 05   Ch 11 Space telescopes; future telescopes
18 W Mar 07   Ch 12 Why stars matter to the history of the Universe; the Sun as a star
19 F Mar 09 Paper #2 due   Note date!! Ch 13 Nuclear fusion; HR-diagram; stellar evolution
20 M Mar 12   Ch 14 Evolution of high mass stars; nucleosynthesis
21 W Mar 14 Essay #2 due   Stellar explosions, death and remnants
22 F Mar 16   Ch 15 Neutron stars, pulsars, stellar black holes
23 M Mar 19     Relativity and spacetime around black holes
24 W Mar 21 Asgmt #4 due Ch 16 The Supermassive Black Hole in the center of the Milky Way
25 F Mar 23   The Milky Way as a Galaxy
26 M Mar 26   Ch 17 The universe of galaxies; determining distances to galaxies
27 W Mar 28 Paper #3 due   Observing galaxies: morphologies and colors
28 F Mar 30 Portfolio due   Gas in galaxies, star formation and spiral structure
  M Apr 02   No class   spring break
  W Apr 04   No class   spring break
  F Apr 06   No class   spring break
29 M Apr 09   Ch 18 Observing galaxies: spectra and activity indicators
30 W Apr 11 Asgmt #5 due   Peculiar/active galaxies; starbursts, AGN and quasars/QSOs
31 F Apr 13     Hubble's Law; decodeing spectra; groups & clusters
32 M Apr 16     Activity in galaxies; the Virgo cluster
33 W Apr 18 Essay #3 due   Simulating interactions; ram pressure, tides and collisions
34 F Apr 20   Ch 19 Intro to cosmology; cosmological parameters
35 M Apr 23   Ch 20 The cosmic microwave background
36 W Apr 25 Asgmt #6 due Ch 21 The cosmic "dark ages", cosmic "dawn" and observing distant galaxies
37 F Apr 27     Measuring distances in the evolving universe
38 M Apr 30     Evidence for dark matter
39 W May 02 Essay #4 due   Evidence for acceleration and dark energy
40 F May 04 Portfolio due   Timeline of the universe
41 M May 07   Clues from the early universe; the Higg's Boson; gravitational waves
42 W May 09   Ch 22 The Big Questions: What haven't we discovered yet? Are we alone?
  T May 15
by 4:30 pm
Paper #4    

The 4th and final long paper is due by 4:30 pm on Tues May 15 (no exceptions please). See the prompt for instructions on submission.