AST 250      Fundamentals of Astronomy
MWF 10-11am 202
Fall 2017

Dr. Yancy Shirley
Office hours: N310 Tu/Th 10-12 + 1:30-2
Contact

Syllabus

Pre-reqs: PHYS 141/161H, MATH 129
Homework: 75%, Exams 25%
A(>90%), B(>75%), C(>60%), D(>50%)
Midterm: Oct 4th 10-11am
Final Exam: Dec 8th 10:30-12:30





CURRENT SCHEDULE
FA = Foundations of Astrophysics. As = Astronomy

Date Homework Topic Reading
M Aug 21 Solar Eclipse - UofA MALL .
W Aug 23 Homework 1 Introduction
(Slides) (Video)
FA:
As:Chapter 1
F Aug 25 Homework 2,3 Sky Coordinate Systems
(Board) (Slides) .
FA:Chapters 1.1-1.3
As: Chapter 2.1
M Aug 28 Homework 4,5 Local Siderial Time & Hour Angle
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapters 1.4-1.6
As:
W Aug 30 Homework 6 Spherical Trig
(Board.pdf) (Law of Cosines/Sines Derivation) .
F Sep 01 FLANDRAU PLANETARIUM
(SkyChart)
M Sep 04 LABOR DAY - NO CLASS
W Sep 06 Homework 7,8 Flux & Luminosity
(Board) .
FA: Chapter 13.2
As: Chapter 5.1
F Sep 08 Homework 9 Magnitudes
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 13.2
As: Chapters 17.1-17.2
M Sep 11 Homework 10 Blackbody Radiation
(Board) (Slides)
FA: pages 140-143
As: Chapter 5.2
W Sep 13 Homework 11 Virial Theorem
(Board)
FA: Chapter 3.4
As:
F Sep 15 Homework 12 Stellar Energy Sources
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapter 15.2
As: Chapter 16.1,
M Sep 18 Homework 13 Nucleosynthesis
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 15.3
As: Chapters 15.1, 16.2-16.4
W Sep 20 Nucleosynthesis Cont.
(Slides)
FA:
As:
F Sep 22 Homework 14 H-R Diagram
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapters 14.2-14.4
As: Chapter 5.3-5.5, 18.4
M Sep 25 Homework 15,16 Stellar Evolution
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.2
As: Chapters 21.2 and 22
W Sep 27 Homework 17 Cepheids
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.3
As: Chapters 19.3-19.4
F Sep 29 Stellar Death
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 18
As: Chapter 23
M Oct 02 NO CLASS
W Oct 04 MIDTERM