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Astronomy

2018-2019 Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus for Astronomy

Astronomy Syllabus: Homework, Reading Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Labs

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WeekDateChapterTopicLab
1Sep 4, 2018HW00Introduction to Course: Methods and online ResourcesLab Reports
2Sep 11, 2018HW011.1-8Astronomy and the UniverseObserving Techniques
3Sep 18, 2018HW02A2.1-4Knowing the HeavensObserving Constellations
4Sep 25, 2018HW02B2.5-8Finding your way around the yearObserving Using Coordinate Systems
5Oct 2, 2018HW033.1-6Eclipses and the Motion of the MoonObserving the Moon
6Oct 9, 2018HW04A4.1-4GravitationPlanetary Orbits
7Oct 16, 2018HW04B4.5-8Derivation of Kepler's LawsDetermining the Mass of Jupiter
8Oct 23, 2018HW05A5:1-4The Wave Nature of LightSpectroscopy
9Oct 30, 2018HW05B5.5-9The Particle Nature of LightRefraction and Reflection
10Nov 6, 2018HW066Optics and the TelescopeTelescopes
11Nov 13, 2018HW077Comparative Planetology 1Observing Mercury and Venus
12Nov 20, 2018HW088Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
13Nov 27, 2018HW099The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
14Dec 4, 2018HW1010Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
15Dec 11, 2018HW1111Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
16Dec 18, 2018Focus on Terrestrial Planets
Dec 25, 2018CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Jan 1, 2019NEW YEAR's HOLIDAY
17Jan 8, 2019HW1212Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
18Jan 15, 2019HW1313Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
19Jan 22, 2019HW1414Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
20Jan 29, 2019HW1515Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
21Feb 5, 2019REVIEW and EXAMNO LAB
22Feb 12, 2019HW1616Our Star, the SunSunspots
23Feb 19, 2019HW1717The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
24Feb 26, 2019HW1818The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
25Mar 5, 2019HW1919Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
26Mar 12, 2019What we can learn from starlight
27Mar 19, 2019HW2020Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
28Mar 26, 2019HW2121Black HolesBinary Stars
29Apr 2, 2019HW2222Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
30Apr 9, 2019HW2323GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
Apr 16, 2019HOLY WEEK HOLIDAY
31Apr 23, 2019HW2424Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
32Apr 30, 2019HW2525CosmologyHubble's Law
33May 7, 2019HW2626The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
34May 14, 2019HW2727The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
35May 21, 2019Current events in astronomy
36May 28, 2019REVIEW and EXAM
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