ASTRONOMY 2201       SPRING 2018       TR 10:10-11:25       Schedule

Note: Readings refer to "Discovering the Cosmos" by Bless, 2nd edition

Week Date Assignment Reading Topic
  R Jan 25     I. Our View of the Universe
Charting the sky
1 T Jan 30   Ch 1, 2 Ancient astronomy
  R Feb 1   Ch 3 Historical astronomy
2 T Feb 6 Assignment #1 due Ch 4 Birth of modern astronomy
  R Feb 8   Ch 5,6 Copernicus to Newton
3 T Feb 13 Short Paper #1 due. Ch 7 II. How Astronomers Explore the Universe
Astronomical images
  R Feb 15   Ch 8 Electromagnetic spectrum and how celestial bodies radiate
4 T Feb 20 FEBRUARY BREAK
  R Feb 22   Ch 9 Telescopes; diffraction limit; seeing
5 T Feb 27 Assignment #2 due Ch 9 Multiwavelength astronomy; Spectral Lines
  R Mar 1   Ch 10 III. Life and Death of Stars: Do Black Holes Exist?
6 T Mar 6 Short Paper #2 due Ch 11 Properties and structure of the Sun
  R Mar 8   Ch 12 Understanding stars; the H-R diagram
7 T Mar 13 Assignment #3 due Ch 12 Star formation; evolution of low mass stars
  R Mar 15   Ch 13 Evolution of high mass stars, supernovae and nucleosynthesis
8 T Mar 20 Long Essay #1 due Ch 14, 15 White dwarfs, neutron stars and stellar black holes
  R Mar 22   Ch 16 Relativity; spacetime around blackholes
9 T Mar 27 Short Paper #3 due Sgr A*: a supermassive black hole
  R Mar 29 Portfolios due in class Ch 16 IV. The Universe at Large
The Milky Way as a galaxy
10   T Apr 3 SPRING BREAK
  R Apr 5 SPRING BREAK
11 T Apr 10 Ch 16, 17 Galaxies; Life Elsewhere and Habitability
  R Apr 12   Ch 17, 18 Distances, Redshifts, the Expansion of the Universe
12 T Apr 17 Short Paper #4 due Ch 18 Morphology; spiral structure
  R Apr 19   Ch 19 Galaxy evolution and interactions
13 T Apr 24 Assignment #4 due Ch 20 History of the Universe - overview
  R Apr 26   Ch 20, 21 Evidence for the Big Bang
14 T May 1 Long Essay #2 due Ch 21 Evidence for Dark Matter and Dark Energy
R May 3 Portfolios due in class Ch 22 The Search for Life in the Universe
15   T May 8 Assignment #5 due   Special Topics and Open Questions
** T May 15 Final paper due.

The final paper is due NOT LATER THAN 4:30 pm on Tuesday May 15th. There will be no final exam.



Last updated: Shami Chatterjee, 2018 May 7