
MWF 1011am N210
Spring 2010
Dr. Yancy Shirley
office hours: N310 MWF 1112
phone: (520) 6263666
email
T.A.: Jonathan Stott
office hours: N209 T 1011, Th 12
phone: (520) 6217855
email


CURRENT SCHEDULE
FA = Fundamental Astronomy. TS = The Stars
Date  Topic  Reading 
W Jan 13  Introduction/Parallax
(blackboard.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 1, 2.10 

F Jan 15  LST/Coordinates
(blackboard.pdf)
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 2 
TS:Part 4 
M Jan 18  HOLIDAY NO CLASS 
W Jan 20  Precession/Spherical Trig
(derivation.pdf)
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 2 
TS: Part 4 
F Jan 22  HOMEWORK #1 DUE
(homework1.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

M Jan 25  Nature of Light
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 5.1 

W Jan 27  Specific Intensity & Flux Density
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 4 

F Jan 29  Magnitudes
(board.pdf)
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 4 

M Feb 01  Blackbody Radiation
(board.pdf)
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 5.7, 5.8 

W Feb 03  HOMEWORK #2 DUE
(homework2.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

F Feb 05  Radiation Mechanism  FA:Chapter 5.2,5.9 

M Feb 08  EXAM #1
(old exam)

W Feb 10  Telescope Optics  FA:Chapter: 3.13.3 

F Feb 12  Resolution
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 3.53.6 

M Feb 15  Radio Telescopes
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 3.4 

W Feb 17  MIRROR LAB TOUR  FA: 

F Feb 19  HOMEWORK #3 DUE
(homework3.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

M Feb 22  Virial Theorem
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 6.10 

W Feb 24  Stellar Energy Sources
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 10.1 (Hydrostatic Equilb.) 

F Feb 26  Nucleosynthesis
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 10.3, 11.1 

M Mar 01  HOMEWORK #4 DUE
(homework4.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

W Mar 03  Nucleosynthesis Cont.
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 10.4, Chapter 12 

F Mar 05  Star Formation
(slides.pdf)
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 11.2 

M Mar 08  EXAM #2 
W Mar 10  Stellar Evolution
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 8 

F Mar 12  Stellar Evolution Cont.
(slides.pdf)
(Online HR Sim)
 FA:Chapter 11.311.9, Chapter 14 

M Mar 15  SPRING BREAK 
W Mar 17  SPRING BREAK 
F Mar 19  SPRING BREAK 
M Mar 22  Stellar Death
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 14, 13.3 (SN), 11.8 

W Mar 24  Periodic Table, Metallicity, & Cepheids
(slides.pdf) 
FA:2.10, 13.113.2 

F Mar 26  HOMEWORK #5 DUE
(homework5.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

M Mar 29  Kepler's Laws
(board.pdf) 
FA:Chapter 6.16.6 

W Mar 31  Kepler's Laws
 FA:Chapter 6.16.6 

F Apr 02  Intro to the Solar System
(slides.pdf) 
FA:Chapter 7 

M Apr 05  Solar System Cont.  FA:Chapter 7 

W Apr 07  HOMEWORK #6 DUE
(homework6.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)

F Apr 09  Extrasolar Planets
(slides.pdf)  FA:Chapter 9.3 

M Apr 12  NO CLASS 
W Apr 14  EXAM #3 
F Apr 16  Dust and
CurtisShapley Debate
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 15.115.3, 15.615.8,Chapter 17 

M Apr 19  Properties of Galaxies
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 18 

W Apr 21  Redshift & Hubble Law
(slides.pdf)
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 19.1 

F Apr 23  HOMEWORK #7 DUE
(homework7.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)


M Apr 26  Introduction to Cosmology
(cosmo calculator)
(slides.pdf)
(board.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 19 

W Apr 28  Evidence for Dark Matter & Dark Energy  FA:Chapter 19 

F Apr 30  Big Bang & Cosmic Evolution
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 19 

M May 03  HOMEWORK #8 DUE
(homework8.pdf)
(solutions.pdf)
 
W May 05  Last Day of Class: SETI & Astrobiology
(slides.pdf)
 FA:Chapter 20 

F May 07  EXAM #4 *11am1pm* N210  
Class Syllabus
This is an introductory class in astronomy and astrophysics for freshman
and sophomore astronomy
majors and other science majors with strong interests in astronomy, physics, and mathematics.
The class covers most aspects of astronomy, including stars, planets, galaxies, and cosmology,
but with a more rigorous physical and mathematical treatment than in any General Education Natural
Science class. The course focuses on the application of mathematical and physical principles
to astronomical problems  so there will be lots of problem sets handed out as homework
assignments. The emphasis of the course is on understanding, not on memorization.
The prerequisites are MATH 124 or 125 AND PHYS 141,151, or 161H.
Should be taking PHYS 142, 152, or 162H and MATH 129 concurrently. You should be comfortable with
basic algebra, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, freshman physics and scientific notation.
The reference textbooks for the course are Fundamental Astronomy (5th edition)
by Karttunen et al. and The Stars: A New Way to See Them (2nd edition) by H.A. Rey (yes  that is same author
that wrote/illustrated Curious George).
Your grade in this course will depend on your performance on the
problem sets (50% in total) and exams (50% in total). Exams are closednote but calculators are
allowed. The exams will consist of short written essays and mathematical problems. Your worst
homework and worst exam will be discarded in the calculation of the final grade. There will be
no extra credit. No late homework will be accepted. Homework is due at the beginning of class
as we will be discussing homework solutions during the recitation sessions. No makeup exams with
no exceptions. If you miss an exam, it will count as your lowest (dropped) exam. The final
grades may be curved. The maximum scale is set at: A(>90%), B(>80%), C(>70%), D(>50%).
On days that homework is due during the term, we will conduct the class
as a recitation section, reviewing important mathematical and physical concepts relevant to
the week's lecture and practicing problem solving. The sessions will provide an excellent opportunity for
students who have reviews their recent lecture notes to ask more questions about the material and to
gain insight into the latest homework assignments.
POLICIES:
 Do your own work. Modern science is a collaborative, and people learn from talking to each
other. Feel free to talk to the instructor, TA, or other students about homework assignments.
But the work you turn in must be your own  don't just copy assignments. Copying is cheating and will
be handled according to the university policies. The instructor subscribes to the University's Code
of Academic Integrity. The Code prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating,
plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty by others. The repercussions for those found guilty of violating the
Code will include loss of credit for the work and may include failure of the course or
more extreme measures.
 Attendance, participation, and conduct. Attendance and participation in class are important  especially
as the exam and homework material will be drawn from the lectures, and only supplemented from the textbooks.
You are strongly encouraged to participate in class by asking questions. Please be courteous to your fellow
classmates: please turn off cell phones; don't surf the Internet in class, etc.
 Grading. You have one week from the time an assignment or exam is returned to challenge any
perceived errors. The exception to this rule is for Exam #4  final course grades will be submitted the same
day as Exam #4.

