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 Spherical Trig
(Board.pdf) (Law of Cosines/Sines Derivation) .
F Jan 26 Properties of Light
(Slides)
FA:
As: Chapter 5.1-5.2
M Jan 29 Flux & Luminosity
(Board) .
FA: Chapter 13.2
As:
W Jan 31 Magnitudes
(Board) (Slides)
FA: Chapter 13.2
As: Chapters 17.1-17.2
F Feb 02 Blackbody Radiation
(Board) (Slides)
FA: pages 140-143
As: Chapter 5.2
M Feb 05 Virial Theorem
(Board)
FA: Chapter 3.4
As:
W Feb 07 Stellar Energy Sources
(Board) (Slides) .
FA: Chapter 15.2
As: Chapter 16.1,
F Feb 09 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 H-R Diagram
(Slides) H-R Animation Star Sizes .
FA: Chapters 14.2-14.4
As: Chapter 5.3-5.5, 18.4
F Feb 16 Stellar Classification
(Slides) .
FA:
As:
M Feb 19 Stellar Evolution
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.2
As: Chapters 21.2 and 22
W Feb 21 Cepheids
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 17.3
As: Chapters 19.3-19.4
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 Interstellar Dust
(Slides) .
FA: Chapter 20.3
As: Chapter
W Mar 14 Star & Planet Formation
(Slides) (Simulation) .
FA: Chapter 7.4, 14.3, 21.1-21.2
As: Chapter 8.3, 12.2
F Mar 16 Kepler's 1st Law
(Board) (Slides) (Ephemeris Generator)
FA: Chapter 3.1
As: Chapter 3.1.1
M Mar 19 Kepler's 2nd & 3rd Laws
(Board)
As: Chapter 3.1.2-3.1.3
W Mar 21 Albedo
(Board) (Slides) .
As: Chapter 8.2
F Mar 23 Terrestrial Planets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 7.1-7.3, 9, 10
As: Chapter 10.1
M Mar 26 Gas Giants
(Slides) (Titan Movie) .
FA: Chapter 11, 12.1-12.3
As: Chapter 10.2, 12.1
W Mar 28 Asteroids, Kupier Belt, Comets
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 12.4, 13
As: Chapter 11
F Mar 30 Exoplanets RV Method
(Slides) (RV Movie)
FA: Chapter 21.3-21.6
As: Chapter 12.3 - 12.4
M Apr 02 Exoplanets Transit Method
(Slides) (Transit Video)
FA: Chapter
As: Chapter
W Apr 04 Redshift
(Slides) (Board)
FA:
As: Chapter 5.6
F Apr 06 Hubble Law
(Slides) (Board) (CosmoCalc) .
FA: Chapter 20.4-20.5
As: Chapter 26.5
M Apr 09 Dark Matter
(Slides)
FA: Chpater 19.2
As: Chapter 28.4
W Apr 11 Properties of Galaxies
(Slides) Curtis-Shapley Debate Why Spiral Arms?
FA: Chapter 20.1 - 20.4
As: Chapters 26.1-26.3
F Apr 13 Evolution of Galaxies
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 21-22
As: Chapter 27-28
M Apr 16 Big Bang Cosmology
(Slides)
FA: Chapter 23.1
As: Chapter 29
W Apr 18 Scale Factor
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapters 23.2, 23.4
As:
F Apr 20 Evolution of Universe
(Slides) (Board)
FA: Chapter 24
As:
M Apr 23 Evolution of Life/Astrobiology
(Slides)
FA:
As: Chapter 8,30
W Apr 25 TBD
W Apr 27 TBD
M Apr 30 TBD
W May 02 NO CLASS - Study for FINAL
M May 07 FINAL EXAM 10:30-12:30