LECTURE

DATE

Assignment due date

DOW

TOPIC

CORRESPONDING READING

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

[Astronomy Media Workbook]

1

January

12

M

Introduction & Course Overview

The Scale of the Universe [pdf]

Ch. 1

 

2

14

W

The Scale of the Universe  (cont’d)

A few mathematical skills [pdf]

Ch 1.

Appendix C

pp. A4 - A12

 

3

16

F

No class

 

 

 

19

M

President’s day Holiday

 

 

4

21

W

Patterns & Cycles in the Sky:

The Celestial Sphere [pdf]

Ch. 2, Sec. 2.1

 

Introduction to Mastering Astronomy

Ch. 1: Scale of the Universe

    Q. 1-12, pp. 3-5

5

23

F

The Reason for Seasons

Phases of the Moon [pdf]

Ch. 2, Sec. 2.2

Ch. 2, Sec. 2.3

 

6

26

M

Solar and Lunar Eclipses [pdf]

Ch. 2, Sec. 2.3

Ch 2: The Seasons,

    Q. 1-12, pp. 9-11

7

28

W

The Science and Brief History of Astronomy

Babylonians & Greeks

[pdf]

Ch. 3, Secs. 3.1, 3.2

 

8

30

F

Mid-Term I

 

Ch. 4: Phases of the Moon.

     Q. 1-12, pp. 21-23

Ch. 3: Eclipses,

     Q. 1-12, pp. 15-17

9

February

2

M

Copernicus, Brahe & Kepler [pdf]

Ch. 3, Sec. 3.3

 

10

4

W

Mid-Term I Discussion

Kepler’s 3 laws and Galileo [pdf]

Ch. 3, Sec. 3.3

 

11

6

F

Newtonian Dynamics [pdf]

Ch. 4, Secs. 4.1, 4.2

Ch. 5: Orbits and Kepler’s laws:

     Lessons 2-4, +exercices

12

9

M

Newtonian Gravitation [pdf]

Ch.4, Sec. 4.4

 

13

11

W

How do we learn about objects and events in the heavens?

Matter and Energy [pdf]

Ch. 4, Sec 4.3

 

14

13

F

Matter and Energy [pdf]

Ch. 5, Secs 5.1, 5.2

Ch. 6, Motion & Gravity:

   Q. 1-12, pp. 33-35

Ch. 7, Energy,

   Q. 1-12, pp. 39-41

 

16

M

Lincoln’s Birthday Holiday

 

 

15

18

W

Energy (B) [pdf]

Properties of Light and Matter [pdf]

Ch. 5, Sec 5.1

 

16

20

F

Spectroscopy [pdf]

Ch. 5, Sec 5.2

 

17

23

M

Doppler Effect [pdf]

Ch. 10, Sec. 10.1

Light & Spectroscopy

 

18

25

W

Basic properties of the Sun  and Solar energy [pdf]

Ch. 10, Sec. 10.2

 

19

27

F

Solar activity & Sun-Earth connection [pdf]

Ch 10., Sec. 10.3

 

20

March

2

M

Mid-Term II

 

Doppler Effect

 

21

4

W

Mid-Term II Discussion

Solar activity & Sun-Earth connection (cont.)

Ch. 10

 

22

6

F

Solar activity & Sun-Earth connection (cont.) [pdf]

Ch. 10

The Sun

23

9

M

Basic Properties of Stars [pdf]

Ch. 11

 

24

11

W

The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram [pdf]

Ch. 11

 

25

13

F

The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram [pdf]

Ch. 11

 

26

16

M

Life Cycle of Stars [pdf]

Ch. 12

The Stars                              

27

18

W

Life Cycle of Stars (cont’d) [pdf]

Ch.12

 

28

20

F

Life Cycle of Stars (cont’d) [pdf]

Ch. 12

 

 

23-27

 

Spring Break

 

 

29

30

M

Life Cycle of Stars (cont’d) [pdf]

 

Life Cycle of Stars

30

April 1

W

Life Cycle of Stars (cont’d) [pdf]

 

 

31

3

F

Telescopes [pdf]

 

 

29

6

M

Mid-Term III

 

 

29

8

W

Our solar system and its origin [pdf]

 

 

 

10

F

Good Friday Holiday

 

 

30

13

M

Our solar system and its origin (cont’d) [pdf]

 

 

31

15

W

The Milky Way [pdf]

 

Solar System

32

17

F

Mid-Term IV

 

 

33

20

M

The Milky Way (cont’d) and Galaxies [pdf]

 

 

34

22

W

Distances of Galaxies [pdf]

 

The Milky Way

35

24

F

Galaxy Evolution [pdf]

[movie1] [movie2]

[movie3] [movie4]

 

 

36

27

M

Dark Matter [pdf] [animated gif]

 

 

37

29

W

Terrestrial Planets [pdf]

 

Galaxies

38

May 1

F

Jovian Planets [pdf]

 

 

39

4

M

Review of basic concepts [pdf]

 

 

40

6

W

Sample exam

 

 

41

11

M

Final Exam