Astro 103 Lectures

The Evolving Universe: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Professor Matthew Bershady
Lec-1 MW 9:55-10:45AM
TR, STERLING 1310



Part I:   An Astronomical Framework

Week # Date LectureReading & Quizzes
1 1 W, Jan 24 Introduction & Tour of the Cosmos
Text: Ch.1 (all) scientific notation;
Ch.1.4-1.6 optional
Web: Assignment #1
2 2 M, Jan 29 History: From heresy to gravity
Text: Ch. 2 (all), Ch.16 MP*16-1
3 W, Jan 31 Particles, waves, blackbodies, and lines   [alt]
Text: Ch. 3 (all)
Quiz #1 in Discussion: S 301-303, 308-310
3 4 M, Feb 5 Cosmic chemistry   [alt]
Text: Ch. 4 (all)
Quiz #1 in Discussion: S 304-307, 311, 312
5 W, Feb 7 Light buckets   [alt]
Text: Ch. 5 (all)
Web: Assignment #2
4 6 M, Feb 12 Sol
Text: Ch. 16 (all)
7 W, Feb 14 Stellar Types
Text: Ch. 17 (all), Ch. 1.6, MP*1-1,1-2
Quiz #2 in Discussion: S 301-303, 308-310
5 8 M, Feb 19 The Physical Properties of Stars
Text: Chs. 17 (all)
Quiz #2 in Discussion: S 304-307, 311, 312
W, Feb 21 First Exam : Lectures 1-8
Web: Assignment #3



Part II:   From Stars to Quasars

Week # Date Lecture Reading & Quizzes
6 10 M, Feb 26 Star: Environs and Formation
Text: Chs. 18 and 19 (all)
7 11 W, Feb 28 Stellar guts
Text: Chs. 16.1-16.3, 20.1-20.3, MP*16-1,16-2
Web: Assignment #4
Quiz #3 in Discussion
12 M, Mar 5 Aging gracefully
Text: Ch. 20 (all), Ch. 21.1
Quiz #3 in Discussion
8 15 W, Mar 7 The Milky Way
Text: Ch. 23.1-23.4, 23.7
Quiz #4 in Discussion
16 M, Mar 12 Spatial Structure and Stellar Populations
Text: Ch. 23 (all)
Quiz #4 in Discussion
9 13 W, Mar 14 End game I: Explosion
Text: Ch. 21 (all)
Web: Assignment #5
14 M, Mar 19 End game II: Collapse
Text: Ch. 22 (all)
10 17 W, Mar 21 The galaxy manifold
Text: Ch. 24.1
Quiz #5 in Discussion
18 R, Nov 5 Giant black holes
Text: Chs. 22.5-22.8, 24.4-24.5
Quiz #5 in Discussion
11 19 T, Nov 10 Quasars: Evolution or revelation?
Text: Ch. 25.3-25.4
R, Nov 12 Second Exam: Lectures 10-19 review



Part III:   Cosmology

Week # Date Lecture Reading & Quizzes
12 22 T, Nov 17 Rotation, mass and interaction
Text: Chs. 23.3, 23.6, 24 (all), 25.1-25.2
Web: Assignment #6
23 R, Nov 19 Formation & evolution
Text: Ch. 23.4, 25.3-25.4
13 24 T, Nov 24 Hubble's bubble and cosmic spikes
Text: Ch. 24.2-24.3, MP*24-1, 25 (all), 26.1-26.2
14 25 T, Dec 1 Is the expansion real?
Text: Ch. 26 (all)
Quiz #6 in Discussion
26 R, Dec 3 Big Bang or Steady State?
Text: Ch. 26 (all)
Web: Assignment #7
Quiz #6 in Discussion
15 27 T, Dec 8 Open, closed, or critical?
Text: Ch. 26 (all)
Quiz #7 in Discussion
28 R, Dec 10 The early universe
Text: Ch. 27 (all)
Quiz #7 in Discussion
16 29 T, Dec 15 The meta-universe
Text: Ch. 27 (all)


* MP = More Precisely
Last updated: 11 DEC 2017
  Matthew Bershady