Astro 346  - Spring 2007

Calender and Tentative Outline

 

Date                                                   Lecture                                                        Readings (ZGS)

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Jan.

 8  Mon.

Intro.:  Astronomy

 

 

10

I. The Universe:  Distance Scale, Hubble Law

Ch. 22

 

12

I. Large-Scale Geography

Ch. 23

 

 

 

 

 

15  Mon.

MLK Holiday

 

 

17

II. Electromagnetic Radiation:  Doppler Effect, Intensity and Flux

Ch. 8-1

 

19

II. Thermal Continuum Emission

Ch. 8-6

 

 

 

 

 

22  Mon.

II. Nonthermal Emission

pg. 369, 466 (P30-P31)

 

24

II. Atoms and Line Emission, Spectral Class

Ch. 8-2, 8-3, Ch. 13-1, 13-2

 

26

II. Line Intensities, Boltzmann & Saha Equations

Ch. 8-4

 

 

 

 

 

29  Mon.

II. Line Broadening, Stellar Abundances

Ch. 8-5

 

31

Interlude:  Special Relativity and Interstellar Travel

 

Feb

 2

Problems and Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5  Mon.

III. The Sun  as a Star

Ch. 10

 

 7

III. Stars: Basic Stellar Observations

Ch. 11

 

 9

Quiz 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

12  Mon.

III. Basic Stellar Observations continued

Ch. 11

 

14

III. Binaries and Stellar Masses

Ch. 12

 

16

III Binaries continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

19  Mon.

III. Static Stellar Structure, Energy Sources

Ch. 16-1, 16-2

 

21

III. Clusters, HR Diagram, IMF

Ch. 13-3, Ch. 16-4

 

23

III. Single Star Evolution (Low & High Mass)

Ch. 16-3, 16.5

 

 

 

 

 

26  Mon.

III. Single Star Evolution continued

 

 

28

III. Variable Stars:  Types, Pulsation & Mass Loss, Planetary Nebulae

Ch. 18: 1-4, 17-1

Mar.

 2

IV. Supernovae

Ch. 18-5

 

 

 

 

 

 5 Mon.

V. Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs

Ch. 17-1

 

 7

V. Neutron Stars and Pulsars

Ch. 17-2

 

 9

Problems and Review

 

 

 

 

 

Mar.

12-16

*********** SPRING BREAK**************

 

 

 

 

 

 

19  Mon.

V. Black Holes

Ch. 17-3

 

21

VI. The Galaxy:  Components &Stellar Populations

Ch. 14, Ch. 20-2

 

23

Quiz 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

26  Mon.

VI. The Interstellar Medium

Ch. 19-1, 19-2

 

28

VI. The Interstellar Medium continued

 

 

30

VI. Star Formation

Ch. 19-3

 

 

 

 

Apr.

 2  Mon.

VI. Star Formation continued

 

 

 4

Problems and Review

 

 

 6

VII. Galaxies:  Morphology

Ch. 21

 

 

 

 

 

 9  Mon.

VII. Galaxies:  Evolution

pg. 406

 

11

VII. Colliding Galaxies

 

 

13

VII. Active Galactic Nuclei

Ch. 24

 

 

 

 

 

16  Mon.

VII. Galaxy Clusters

Ch. 23.1

 

18

VIII. Cosmology:  Big Bang Theory

Ch. 25

 

20

VIII. Big Bang Theory continued

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23  Mon.

VIII. History of the Universe

Ch. 26

 

25

VIII. History of the Universe continued

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27

Problems and Review

 

 

 

 

 

Apr. May

 30

2-5

Finals Week -  Quiz 3