Steinn Sigurðsson - Astronomy 120 Spring 2017


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Syllabus and Basic Information:

Class is 11:15-12:05 M/W/F in 322 Nursing Sciences Building
My office hours are 2-3 Wed, 426 Davey.

The class TA is Will Bowman
TA office hours are Wed 1:00 - 1:30 and Thu 11:30-1:00 in 442 Davey


Schedule.
Lecture notes will be coming online as the semester progresses - the schedule of future lectures is always tentative.
I will be filling in, expanding and adding links to past lecture notes as and when I have time.
Caveat:
- class topic sequence may be extended, folded, cut or expanded at my discretion without notice.


That About Does It For Black Holes, For Now
Approximate Outline of course

Class

Date

Topic

Class

Date

Topic

Class

Date

Topic

1.

09 Jan

1. Introduction

2.

11 Jan

2. First Principles

3.

13 Jan

3. More Principled Astro

4.

16 Jan

4. NO CLASS - MLK

5.

18 Jan

5. Big Picture Review
Drop Day!
Homework 1

6.

20 Jan

6. Quiz #1 (review notes)!

7.

23 Jan

7. Huge Universe

8.

25 Jan

8. Evolution

9.

27 Jan

9. Evolution Continued

10.

30 Jan

10. Distance Ladders - Parallax

11.

01 Feb

11. Distance Ladders - Standard Candles
Homework 2
Homework 1 due

12.

03 Feb

12. Distance Ladders - Redshift - Hubble

13.

06 Feb

13. Big Bang - Expansion

14.

08 Feb

14. Big Bang - Continued

15.

10 Feb

15. Big Bang - Keeps Going...

16.

13 Feb

16. Cosmic Microwave Background

17.

15 Feb

17. Neutrinos
Homework 2 due
Homework 3 UP NOW!

18.

17 Feb

18. Nucleosynthesis

19.

20 Feb

19. Dark Ages and Structure Formation

20.

22 Feb

20. Finish Structure Formation

21.

24 Feb

21. Begin Star Formation

22.

27 Feb

22. Quiz Overview

23.

01 Mar

23. QUIZ 2

24.

03 Mar

24. Life, The Universe and WTF?
Homework 3 due - by acclaim due date moved!

25.

06 Mar

25. Spring Break

26.

08 Mar

26. Spring Break

27.

10 Mar

27. Spring Break

28.

13 Mar

28. Second Star

29.

15 Mar

29. Black Holes
Homework 4

30.

17 Mar

30. Black Holes Continued

31.

20 Mar

31. Still on Black Holes

32.

22 Mar

32. Dark Matters

33.

24 Mar

33. Dark Matter: MACHOs or WIMPs?

34.

27 Mar

34. Dark Matter - Experiments

35.

29 Mar

35. Dark Energy
Homework 4 due

Homework 5

36.

31 Mar

36. Dark Energy Continued

37.

03 Apr

37. That about does it for Dark Energy

38.

05 Apr

38. Concordance Cosmology and Unresolved Issues

39.

07 Apr

39. Eternal Inflation?

40.

10 Apr

40. Extra Dimensions

41.

12 Apr

41. Strings - NB lecture titles don't quite line up with content as it happened...
Homework 5 due
Homework 6

42.

14 Apr

42. Multiverses

43.

17 Apr

43. Quiz Review

44.

19 Apr

44. Quiz #3

45.

21 Apr

45. Holes in Universes

46.

24 Apr

46. It from Bit

47.

26 Apr

47. Holography and the Computational Universe
Homework 6 due

48.

28 Apr

48. Long Term Evolution

49.

01 May

49. Finals Week

50.

03 May

50. Finals Week

51.

05 May

51. Finals Week
Final Paper Due!



This class follows the departmental academic integrity policy as described here in the dept web pages


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Last updated 01/17

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