AST 250      Fundamentals of Astronomy
MWF 11-12am SO 202
Spring 2018

Dr. Yancy Shirley
Office hours: N310 Tu/Th 10-12
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Syllabus

Pre-reqs: PHYS 141/161H, MATH 129
Homework: 75%, Exams 25%
A(>90%), B(>75%), C(>60%), D(>50%)
Midterm: Feb 26th 11am
Final Exam: May 7th 10:30-12:30





CURRENT SCHEDULE
FA = Foundations of Astrophysics. As = Astronomy

Date Homework Topic Reading
W Jan 10 Introduction
(Slides) (Video)
FA:
As:Chapter 1
F Jan 12 Homework 1 Distance and Angle
(Board) (Slides) .
FA:
As:Chapter 19.1-19.2
M Jan 15 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY - NO CLASS
W Jan 17 Homework 2,3 Sky Coordinate Systems
(Board) (Slides)
FA:Chapters 1.1-1.3
As: Chapter 2.1
F Jan 19 Homework 4,5 Local Siderial Time & Hour Angle
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapters 1.4-1.6
As:
M Jan 22 FLANDRAU PLANETARIUM
(SkyChart)
W Jan 24 Homework 6,7 Spherical Trig
(Board.pdf) (Law of Cosines/Sines Derivation) .
F Jan 26 Homework 8 Properties of Light
(Slides)
FA:
As: Chapter 5.1-5.2
M Jan 29 Homework 9,10 Flux & Luminosity
(Board) (Lunar Eclipse - Jan31)
FA: Chapter 13.2
As:
W Jan 31 Homework 11,12 Magnitudes
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 13.2
As: Chapters 17.1-17.2
F Feb 02 Homework 13 Blackbody Radiation
(Board) (Slides)
FA: pages 140-143
As: Chapter 5.2
M Feb 05 Homework 14 Virial Theorem
(Board)
FA: Chapter 3.4
As:
W Feb 07 Homework 15 Stellar Energy Sources
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapter 15.2
As: Chapter 16.1,
F Feb 09 Homework 16 Nucleosynthesis
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapter 15.3
As: Chapters 15.1, 16.2-16.4
M Feb 12 Nucleosynthesis Cont.
(Slides)
FA:
As:
W Feb 14 Homework 17 H-R Diagram
(Slides) H-R Animation
FA: Chapters 14.2-14.4
As: Chapter 5.3-5.5, 18.4
F Feb 16 Homework 18 Stellar Classification
(Slides) .
FA:
As:
M Feb 19 NO CLASS
W Feb 21 Homework 19 Stellar Evolution
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.2
As: Chapters 21.2 and 22
F Feb 23 Exam prep
Practice Exam
M Feb 26 MIDTERM
W Feb 28 Stellar Death
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 18
As: Chapter 23
F Mar 02 NO CLASS
M Mar 05 SPRING BREAK
W Mar07 SPRING BREAK
F Mar 09 SPRING BREAK
M Mar 12 NO CLASS
W Mar 14 Homework 20,21 Cepheids
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.3
As: Chapters 19.3-19.4
F Mar 16 Homework 22,23 Interstellar Dust
(Slides) .
FA: Chapter 20.3
As: Chapter
M Mar 19 Homework 24 Star & Planet Formation
(Slides) (Simulation) .
FA: Chapter 7.4, 14.3, 21.1-21.2
As: Chapter 8.3, 12.2
W Mar 21 Homework 25 Kepler's 1st Law
(Board) (Slides) (Ephemeris Generator)
FA: Chapter 3.1
As: Chapter 3.1.1
F Mar 23 Homework 26,27 Kepler's 2nd & 3rd Laws
(Board)
As: Chapter 3.1.2-3.1.3
M Mar 26 Homework 28 Albedo
(Board) (Slides) .
As: Chapter 8.2
W Mar 28 Homework 29 Gas Giants
(Slides) (Titan Movie) .
FA: Chapter 11, 12.1-12.3
As: Chapter 10.2, 12.1
F Mar 30 Terrestrial Planets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 7.1-7.3, 9, 10
As: Chapter 10.1
M Apr 02 Homework 30 Asteroids, Kupier Belt, Comets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 12.4, 13
As: Chapter 11
W Apr 04 Homework 31 Exoplanets RV Method
(Slides) (RV Movie)
FA: Chapter 21.3-21.6
As: Chapter 12.3 - 12.4
F Apr 06 Homework 32 Exoplanets Transit Method
(Slides) (Transit Video)
FA: Chapter
As: Chapter
M Apr 09 Homework 33,34 Redshift
(Slides) (Board)
FA:
As: Chapter 5.6
W Apr 11 Homework 35 Hubble Law
(Slides) (Board) .
FA: Chapter 20.4-20.5
As: Chapter 26.5
F Apr 13 Homework 36 Dark Matter
(Slides)
FA: Chpater 19.2
As: Chapter 28.4
M Apr 16 Homework 37,38 Properties of Galaxies
(Slides) Curtis-Shapley Debate Why Spiral Arms?
FA: Chapter 20.1 - 20.4
As: Chapters 26.1-26.3
W Apr 18 Homework 39 Evolution of Galaxies
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 21-22
As: Chapter 27-28
F Apr 20 Homework 40 Galaxy Clusters/Collisions
M Apr 23 Homework 41,42 Big Bang Cosmology
(Slides) (CosmoCalc)
FA: Chapter 23.1
As: Chapter 29
W Apr 25 Homework 43 Scale Factor
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapters 23.2, 23.4
As:
F Apr 26 Evolution of Universe
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapter 24
As:
M Apr 30 NO CLASS
W May 02 Evolution of Life/Astrobiology
(Slides)
FA:
As: Chapter 8,30
M May 07 FINAL EXAM 10:30-12:30