Astronomy

Lesson Schedule


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Lesson Schedule

WeekDateChapterTopicLab
1Sep 6, 2017HW00Introduction to Course: Methods and online ResourcesLab Reports
2Sep 13, 2017HW011.1-8Astronomy and the UniverseObserving Techniques
3Sep 20, 2017HW02A2.1-4Knowing the HeavensObserving Constellations
4Sep 27, 2017HW02B2.5-8Finding your way around the yearObserving Using Coordinate Systems
5Oct 4, 2017HW033.1-6Eclipses and the Motion of the MoonObserving the Moon
6Oct 11, 2017HW04A4.1-4GravitationPlanetary Orbits
7Oct 18, 2017HW04B4.5-8Derivation of Kepler's LawsDetermining the Mass of Jupiter
8Oct 25, 2017HW05A5:1-4The Wave Nature of LightSpectroscopy
9Nov 1, 2017HW05B5.5-9The Particle Nature of LightRefraction and Reflection
10Nov 8, 2017HW066Optics and the TelescopeTelescopes
11Nov 15, 2017HW077Comparative Planetology 1Observing Mercury and Venus
12Nov 22, 2017Thanksgiving
13Nov 29, 2017HW088Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
14Dec 6, 2017HW099The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
15Dec 13, 2017HW1010Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
16Dec 20, 2017HW1111Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
17Dec 27, 2017CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
18Jan 3, 2018NEW YEAR's HOLIDAY
19Jan 10, 2018HW1212Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
20Jan 17, 2018HW1313Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
21Jan 24, 2018HW1414Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
22Jan 31, 2018HW1515Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
23Feb 7, 2018REVIEW and EXAMNO LAB
24Feb 14, 2018HW1616Our Star, the SunSunspots
25Feb 21, 2018HW1717The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
26Feb 28, 2018HW1818The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
27Mar 7, 2018HW1919Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
28Mar 14, 2018What we can learn from starlight
29Mar 21, 2018HW2020Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
30Mar 28, 2018HOLY WEEK Observance
31Apr 4, 2018HW2121Black HolesBinary Stars
32Apr 11, 2018HW2222Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
33Apr 18, 2018HW2323GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
34Apr 25, 2018HW2424Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
35May 2, 2018HW2525CosmologyHubble's Law
36May 9, 2018HW2626The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
37May 16, 2018HW2727The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
38May 23, 2018REVIEW
39May 30, 2018Reports and Exam
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