Physics 110 • Astronomy & Cosmology • Fall 2015

Lecture Schedule

Date Topic Reading (Ch #) Homework
T Sep 1 Introduction to class, universe, & sky 1.1
F Sep 4 Size and history of the Universe 1.2
T Sep 8 NO CLASS - Monday schedule
F Sep 11 Solar cycles and seasons 2.1
T Sep 15 Lunar cycles and eclipses 2.2 #1 due
F Sep 18 Light and telescopes Ch3-tools, Ch5-tools
T Sep 22 Gravity and conservation laws 3.3, Ch4-tools #2 due
F Sep 25 Sun 8.1
T Sep 29 Observations of stars 8.2 #3 due
F Oct 2 H-R diagram 8.3
T Oct 6 Physical properties of stars 9.1 #4 due
F Oct 9 Lives of stars 9.2, 9.3
T Oct 13 Star death 9.2, 9.3 #5 due
F Oct 16 White dwarfs and neutron stars 10.1
T Oct 20 Relativity and black holes 10.2, 10.3 #6 due
F Oct 23 Midterm: 12:00 - 1:20 PM, PLH Covers through HW #6
T Oct 27 Milky Way Galaxy 11.1
F Oct 30 Galaxies and Galaxy Formation 11.1, 11.2
T Nov 3 Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes 11.2, 11.3 #7 due
F Nov 6 Cosmic distances 12.1
T Nov 10 Expansion of the universe 12.2 #8 due
F Nov 13 Galaxy evolution and big bang 12.3, 13.1
T Nov 17 Evidence for the big bang 13.2 #9 due
F Nov 20 Cosmic inflation 13.3
T Nov 24 Dark matter 14.1 #10 due
W Nov 25 Large-scale structure (Friday Schedule) 14.2
T Dec 1 Dark energy 14.3 #11 due
F Dec 4 Life in the universe 15.1, 15.2
T Dec 8 Search for life and review 15.2 #12 due
M Dec 21 Final Exam, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Location: PLH Covers HW #7 - #12

 

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