The goal of this course is for students to enhance their view of the physical world by allowing them to acquire a basic understanding of modern astronomy using recently available astronomical data. Major topics include constellations, the Sun, stellar types, motions, parallax, magnitudes, luminosity, spectra, classifications, clusters, evolution, quasaurs, nebula, galaxy classification and composition, the Big Band, and cosmology.
This course will focus on conceptual understanding rather than mathematical manipulation. However, as mathematics is the language of science, it is expected that you can perform basic algebraic calculations and recognize basic geometric relations throughout the course.
Welcome to Astronomy 1124 (Fall 2022)
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- There are NO CLASSES Wednesday-Friday, November 23rd-25th, due to the Thanksgiving holiday break.
- Be sure to read Chapter 21 for class on Monday, November 28th. Be prepared to "celebrate" that that section with an Information Festival at the start of class on Monday.
- Lecture slides through Monday, November 21st have being made available. Scroll down and click on the desired link.
- The Mastering Astronomy Assignment-19: The Milky Way was due on Sunday, November 20th by 11:00 PM. This assignment will remain open until 11:00 PM on Sunday, November 27th. After that, this assignment will no longer be accessible.
- The Mastering Astronomy Assignment-20: Exploring Galaxies will be due on Sunday, November 27th by 11:00 PM. This assignment will remain open until 11:00 PM on Sunday, November 27th. After that, this assignment will no longer be accessible.
- The Mastering Astronomy Assignment-20: Galaxy Evolution will also be due on Sunday, November 27th by 11:00 PM. This assignment will remain open until 11:00 PM on Sunday, December 4th. After that, this assignment will no longer be accessible.
- Special Note: Pearson Publishing will conduct routine maintainance on all of its "Mastering" homework platforms on Saturday, November 26th from 1:00AM-9:00AM. The MasteringAstronomy platform will be unavailable during this window. Plan your time accordingly, as all homework deadline still stand.
- Detailed Class Information (Syllabus)
- Learning Commons Information (with video)
- Summary of Rules for Significant Digits in Calculations (with examples)
- Study Guide for Exam 3
- Black Hole FAQ's (See link under Chapter 20 Lecture Notes)
- Lecture 1 (8/22): Introduction
- Lecture 2 (8/24): Observing the Sky
- Lecture 3 (8/29): Phases of the Moon & Time
- Lecture 4 (8/31): Ancient Astronomy
- Lecture 5 (9/07): The Copernican Revolution
- Lecture 6 (9/14): Fundamentals of Motion
- Lecture 7 (9/19): Energy and Gravity
- Lecture 8 (9-21): Light and Matter
- Lecture 9 (9/26): Understanding Spectra
- Lecture 10 (9/28): Telescopes
- Lecture 11 (10/03): Special Relativity
- Lecture 12 (10/05): General Relativity
- Lecture 13 (10/12): Our Star
- Lecture 14 (10/17): Stellar Properties
- Lecture 15 (10/19): H-R Diagrams
- Lecture 16 (10/24): Stellar Birth
- Lecture 17 (10/26): Low Mass Stellar Evolution
- Lecture 18 (10/31): High Mass Stellar Evolution
- Lecture 19 (11/02): WhiteDwarfs and Neutron Stars
- Lecture 20 (11/07): Black Holes
- Lecture 21 (11/14): Our Galaxy
- Lecture 22 (11/16): Galaxies: Classification and Distances
- Lecture 23 (11/21): The Hubble Law