Astronomy 150 - Black Holes in the Universe

Course Schedule - Spring 2013

Month Day    Assignment
Jan. 23    Lecture 1 - Light, Thorne 1, prologue at leisure
  28    Lecture 2 - Special Relativity, Begelman 1, Thorne 2
  30    Lecture 3 - Special Relativity
Feb. 4    Lecture 4 - Gravity, Thorne 3
  6    Lecture 5 - General Relativity
  11    Lecture 6 - Black Holes, Homework 1 due, Begelman 2, Thorne 4
  13    Lecture 7 - Stars (Ben Brown)
  18    Lecture 8 - Stars
  20    Lecture 9 - Supernova, Begelman 3, Thorne 8
  25    Lecture 10 - Evidence for Black Holes, Homework 2 due
  27    Exam 1 (Review)
Mar. 4    Lecture 11 - Supermassive Black Holes, Begelman 4 and 5, Thorne 9
  6    Lecture 12 - AGN and Jets
  11    Lecture 13 - Jet Properties and AGN Fueling, Begelman 8
  13    Lecture 14 - Jet and AGN Fueling
  18    Lecture 15 - Paul Sell - XRBs and Microquasars Homework 3 due, Begelman 6 and 7
  20    Lecture 16 - Sebastian Heinz - M-sigma and BH Feedback
  25    ----------- Break, No Class
  27    ----------- Break, No Class
Apr. 1    Lecture 17 - GRBs, Begelman 9 and 10, Thorne 7
  3    Lecture 18 - GRBs
  8    Lecture 19 - GRBs, Homework 4 due
  10    Exam 2 (Review)
  15    Lecture 20 - Rotating Black Holes, Begelman 11, Thorne 12
  17    Lecture 21 - Rotating Black Holes
  22    Lecture 22 - Gravitational Waves, Thorne 13
  24    Lecture 23 - Hawking Radiation
  29    Lecture 24 - Hawking Radiation, Thorne 14
May 1    Lecture 25 - Black Hole Firewall
  6    Lecture 26 - Worholes, Homework 5 due
  8    Lecture 27 - Galaxy Cluster Feedback
May 12    (Sunday) Final, 7:45 am, Van Vleck B115 (Review)

Textbooks:
The two textbooks for this course are
"Gravity's Fatal Attraction", 2nd Edition, Mitch Begelman and Martin Rees, Cambridge University Press, 2010
"Black Holes and Time Warps", 1st Edition, Kip S. Thorne, W.W. Norton & Company, 1994