Astronomy

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus for Astronomy

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

Use the Links in the Homework column to find your homework assignment. Homework is usually due on the date given, unless otherwise stated in the assignment. Friday sessions are devoted to Lab work and special AP topics not covered in the text.

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
Nov 22, 2017Thanksgiving
12Nov 29, 2017HW088Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
13Dec 6, 2017HW099The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
14Dec 13, 2017HW1010Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
15Dec 20, 2017HW1111Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
Dec 27, 2017CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Jan 3, 2018NEW YEAR's HOLIDAY
16Jan 10, 2018HW1212Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
17Jan 17, 2018HW1313Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
18Jan 24, 2018HW1414Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
19Jan 31, 2018HW1515Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
20Feb 7, 2018REVIEW and EXAMNO LAB
21Feb 14, 2018HW1616Our Star, the SunSunspots
22Feb 21, 2018HW1717The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
23Feb 28, 2018HW1818The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
24Mar 7, 2018HW1919Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
25Mar 14, 2018What we can learn from starlight
26Mar 21, 2018HW2020Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
Mar 28, 2018HOLY WEEK Observance
27Apr 4, 2018HW2121Black HolesBinary Stars
28Apr 11, 2018HW2222Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
29Apr 18, 2018HW2323GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
30Apr 25, 2018HW2424Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
31May 2, 2018HW2525CosmologyHubble's Law
32May 9, 2018HW2626The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
33May 16, 2018HW2727The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
34May 23, 2018REVIEW
35May 30, 2018Exam