Course Outline (subject to change)

PART I                                                                  Reading Assignment (Arny)
Week 1 W Sept. 3 Introduction to course. Preview, pp. 1-12.
F Sept. 5 Diurnal, Annual Motions.Seasons. Precession. Calendar. Ch. 1, pp. 27-35; Ch. 5, pp. 174-175; Essay 2, pp. 179-186.
Week 2 M Sept. 8 Phases of the Moon. Solar and Lunar Eclipses. Tides. Ch. 1, pp. 36-39; Ch. 6, pp. 195-196; 199-208.
W Sept. 10 Celestial Sphere. Cel. Equator. Ecliptic. Horizon, Equatorial coordinate systems.Ch. 1, pp. 23-26; Essay 1, pp. 66-69.
F Sept. 12 Greek Two-Sphere Universe. Retrograde motions of planets. Geocentric Models (Aristotle; Ptolemy Ch. 1, pp. 39-46.
Week 3 M Sept. 15 Heliocentric Model. Stellar Parallax. Copernicus. Ch. 1, pp. 46-48.
W Sept. 17 Brahe and change in heavens. Kepler & Laws of Planetary Motion. Ch. 1, pp. 48-51.
F Sept. 19 Galileo, the Telescope, and the Heliocentric Model. Ch. 1, pp. 51-53.
Week 4 M Sept. 22 Newtonian synthesis: completion of Scientific Revolution. Ch. 1, pp. 53-56.
W Sept. 24 Newton's Laws of Motion, Gravitation. Mass, surface gravity, escape velocity. Ch. 2, pp. 79-92.
F Sept. 26 Light; Electromagnetism. Color-temperature relations (Wien's Law). Ch. 3, pp. 95-104.
Week 5 M Sept. 29 Continuous, Emission, Absorption Spectra. Doppler Effect. Ch. 3, pp. 104-115.
W Oct. 1 Optical Telescopes: Magnifcation, Light Grasp, Resolution. Space Astronomy. Review. Ch. 4, pp. 119-131; Ch. 3, pp. 115-116; Ch. 4, pp. 136-142.
F Oct. 3 EXAM I.
PART II
Week 6 M Oct. 6 Earth: formation, evolution. Radiometric dating. Atmosphere. Magnetosphere. Ch. 5, pp. 151-155; 164-171.
W Oct. 8 Earth's interior: composition, structure. Plate Tectonics. Ch. 5, pp. 155-164.
F Oct. 10 Geological features, history of the moon. Origin of moon. Ch. 6, pp. 187-195; 197-199.
Week 7 M Oct. 13 Comparative Planetology: Terrestrial, Jovian Planets. Solar System formation. Ch. 7, pp. 221-230; 230-238.
W Oct. 15 Mercury. Venus: rotation, atmosphere, surface features. Ch. 8, pp. 239-246; 247-253.
F Oct. 17 Mars: volcanoes, canyons, riverbeds. Climate change. Terrestrial planets in perspective. Ch. 8, pp. 257-265; 265-271.
Week 8 M Oct. 20 Jupiter: atmosphere, interior. Galilean satellites. Ch. 9, pp. 273-282.
W Oct. 22 Saturn: structure, rings. Satellites. Ch. 9, pp. 282-287.
F Oct. 24 Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Ch. 9, pp. 288-297.
Week 9 M Oct. 27 Comets, meteorites, asteroids. Mass extinctions. Ch. 10, pp. 301-320.
W Oct. 29 Extra-solar planets. Review. Ch. 7, pp. 238-241.
F Oct. 31 EXAM II
PART III
Week 10 M Nov. 3 Sun: Properties, Structure. Sunspots. Magnetic Fields. Ch. 11, pp. 329-335.
W Nov. 5 Prominences, Flares, Aurorae. Maunder Minimum. Ch. 11, pp. 341-350.
F Nov. 7 Energy Generation: Nuclear Fusion; Solar Neutrinos. Ch. 11, pp. 335-341.
Week 11 M Nov. 10 Stars: Apparent Magnitudes. Parallaxes, Distances. Absolute Magnitudes. Luminosities. Ch. 12, pp. 365-366; 355-365.
W Nov. 12 Binary, Variable Stars. Period-Luminosity Relation. Ch. 12, pp. 373-377; 382-386.
F Nov. 14 Spectral Classification; H-R Diagram. Stellar Mass. Ch. 12, pp. 366-373; 377-382.
Week 12 M Nov. 17 Interstellar Matter; Star Formation. Ch. 13, pp. 389-398.
W Nov. 19 Stellar Evolution. Low-mass Stars (Sun). White Dwarfs. Ch. 13, pp. 398-407; Ch. 14, pp. 419-424.
F Nov. 21 Stellar Evolution. Middle-High-mass Stars. Supernovae. Neutron Stars (Pulsars). Ch. 13, pp. 407-415; Ch. 14, pp. 424-431.
Week 13 M Nov. 24 Black Holes; singularites. Curvature of Space-Time. Ch. 14, pp. 431-436.
W Nov. 26 Milky Way Galaxy. Stellar Populations. Open, Globular Clusters. Ch. 15, pp. 445-461.
F Nov. 28 THANKSGIVING RECESS -- NO CLASS
Week 14 M Dec. 1 Spiral Arm Formation. Elliptical, Spiral Galaxies. Rotation Curves; Dark Matter. Ch. 15, pp. 463-473; Ch. 16, pp. 479-490; 495-496.
W Dec. 3 Galaxy Clusters. Interactions. Superclusters/Voids. Radio Astronomy. Ch. 16, pp. 504-509; Ch. 4, pp. 131-135; Ch. 15, pp. 462-463.
F Dec. 5 Active Galaxies: Radio Gals., Seyfert Gals., Quasars. Gravitational Lenses. Ch. 16, pp. 496-504.
Week 15 M Dec. 8 Doppler Effect. Velocity-Distance Relation. Expansion of the Universe (Hubble's Law). Ch. 16, pp. 490-495; Ch. 17, pp. 513-521.
W Dec. 10 Cosmic Background Radiation. Fate(s) of the Universe.Inflationary Universe. Ch. 17, pp. 521-524; 529-535.
F Dec. 12 Acceleration. Dark Energy. Course Evaluation. Review. Ch. 17, pp. 524-528.
Week 16 Sat. Dec 20 Final Exam: 10:05 a.m. Location: TBA

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