Astro 103 Lectures

The Evolving Universe: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Professor Matthew Bershady
Lec-1 11:00-11:50 AM
Lec-2 12:00-12:50 PM
TR, STERLING 1310



Part I:   An Astronomical Framework

Week # Date LectureReading & Quizzes
1 1 R, Sep 3 Introduction & Tour of the Cosmos
Text: Ch.1 (all) scientific notation;
Ch.1.4-1.6 optional
2 2 T, Sep 8 History: From heresy to gravity
Text: Ch. 2 (all), Ch.16 MP*16-1
Web: Assignment #1
3 R, Sep 10 Particles, waves, blackbodies, and lines   [alt]
Text: Ch. 3 (all)
3 4 T, Sep 15 Cosmic chemistry   [alt]
Text: Ch. 4 (all)
Quiz #1 in Discussion
5 R, Sep 17 Light buckets   [alt]
Text: Ch. 5 (all)
Quiz #1 in Discussion
4 6 T, Sep 22 Sol
Text: Ch. 16 (all)
Web: Assignment #2
7 R, Sep 24 Stellar Types
Text: Ch. 17 (all), Ch. 1.6, MP*1-1,1-2
5 8 T, Sep 29 The Physical Properties of Stars
Text: Chs. 17 (all)
Quiz #2 in Discussion
9 R, Oct 1 Review
Quiz #2 in Discussion
6 T, Oct 6 First Exam : Lectures 1-9
Web: Assignment #3



Part II:   From Stars to Quasars

Week # Date Lecture Reading & Quizzes
6 10 R, Oct 8 Star: Environs and Formation
Text: Chs. 18 and 19 (all)
Web: Assignment #3
7 11 T, Oct 13 Stellar guts
Text: Chs. 16.1-16.3, 20.1-20.3, MP*16-1,16-2
Quiz #3 in Discussion
12 R, Oct 15 Aging gracefully
Text: Ch. 20 (all), Ch. 21.1
Quiz #3 in Discussion
Note changed lecture and textbook assignment order for lectures 13-14 and 15-16;
web assignments and quizzes unchanged
8 15 T, Oct 20 The Milky Way
Text: Ch. 23.1-23.4, 23.7
Web: Assignment #4
16 R, Oct 22 Spatial Structure and Stellar Populations
Text: Ch. 23 (all)
9 13 T, Oct 27 End game I: Explosion
Text: Ch. 21 (all)
Web: Assignment #5
Quiz #4 in Discussion
14 R, Oct 29 End game II: Collapse
Text: Ch. 22 (all)
Quiz #4 in Discussion
10 17 T, Nov 3 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)
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 Final Exam - Lecture 1 12:25 PM - 2:25 PM
BASCOM 272
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 Final Exam - Lecture 2 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM
CHAMBERLIN 2103


* MP = More Precisely
Last updated: 09 DEC 2015
  Matthew Bershady