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

Dr. Yancy Shirley
Office hours: N310 Tu/Th 10-12 + 1:30-2
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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: 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
(Slides) H-R Animation Star Sizes .
FA: Chapters 14.2-14.4
As: Chapter 5.3-5.5, 18.4
M Sep 25 Homework 15 Stellar Classification
(Slides) .
FA:
As:
W Sep 27 Homework 16 Stellar Evolution
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.2
As: Chapters 21.2 and 22
F Sep 29 Exam prep
Practice Exam
M Oct 02 NO CLASS
W Oct 04 MIDTERM
F Oct 06 Homework 17 Cepheids
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.3
As: Chapters 19.3-19.4
M Oct 09 Homework 18 Stellar Death
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 18
As: Chapter 23
W Oct 11 Homework 19 Interstellar Dust
(Slides) .
FA: Chapter 20.3
As: Chapter
F Oct 13 Homework 20 Star & Planet Formation
(Slides) (Simulation) .
FA: Chapter 7.4, 14.3, 21.1-21.2
As: Chapter 8.3, 12.2
M Oct 16 Homework 21 Kepler's 1st Law
(Board) (Slides) (Ephemeris Generator)
FA: Chapter 3.1
As: Chapter 3.1.1
W Oct 18 Homework 22 Kepler's 2nd & 3rd Laws
(Board)
As: Chapter 3.1.2-3.1.3
F Oct 20 Albedo
(Board) (Slides) .
As: Chapter 8.2
M Oct 23 Homework 23 Terrestrial Planets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 7.1-7.3, 9, 10
As: Chapter 10.1
W Oct 25 Homework 24 Gas Giants
(Slides) (Titan Movie) .
FA: Chapter 11, 12.1-12.3
As: Chapter 10.2, 12.1
F Oct 27 Asteroids, Kupier Belt, Comets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 12.4, 13
As: Chapter 11
M Oct 30 Homework 25 Exoplanets RV Method
(Slides) (RV Movie)
FA: Chapter 21.3-21.6
As: Chapter 12.3 - 12.4
W Nov 01 Homework 26 Exoplanets Transit Method
(Slides) (Transit Video)
FA: Chapter
As: Chapter
F Nov 03 NO CLASS
M Nov 06 NO CLASS
W Nov 08 Homework 27 Redshift
(Slides) (Board)
FA:
As: Chapter 5.6
F Nov 10 NO CLASS - Veterans Day
M Nov 13 Homework 28 Hubble Law
(Slides) (Board) (CosmoCalc) .
FA: Chapter 20.4-20.5
As: Chapter 26.5
W Nov 15 Homework 29 Dark Matter
(Slides)
FA: Chpater 19.2
As: Chapter 28.4
F Nov 17 Homework 30,31 Properties of Galaxies
(Slides) (Board) Curtis-Shapley Debate Why Spiral Arms?
FA: Chapter 20.1 - 20.4
As: Chapters 26.1-26.3
M Nov 20 Evolution of Galaxies
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapter 21-22
As: Chapter 27-28
W Nov 22 NO CLASS - Gobble Gobble
M Nov 27 Homework 32 Big Bang Cosmology
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapter 23.1
As: Chapter 29
W Nov 29 Homework 33 Scale Factor
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapters 23.2, 23.4
As:
F Dec 01 Evolution of Universe
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapter 24
As:
M Dec 04 Evolution of Life
(Slides) (Board)
FA:
As: Chapter 8
W Dec 06 SETI & Fermi Paradox
(Slides) (Board)
FA:
As: Chapter 30
F Dec 08 FINAL EXAM 10:30-12:30