Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe - Spring 2005


Prof. Kaaret
Office: 702 Van Allen Hall
Phone: 335-1985
E-mail: philip-kaaret@uiowa.edu
Office hours:
  Monday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm,
  Wednesday 10:00 am – noon,
  or by appointment
Syllabus
Important dates
Exam #1
Wednesday, February 9
Exam #2
Wednesday, March 2
Exam #3
Wednesday, March 30
Exam #4
Wednesday, April 20
Final Exam
Monday, May 9, 7:30 am

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The reading is the relevant sections from the textbook: Universe: Stars and Galaxies, second edition, by Roger Freedman and William J. Kaufmann, published by W.H. Freeman.


Unit #1

Date
Topic
Reading
1/19
Lecture 1 - Introduction
1/21
Lecture 2 - Scientific Method, Numbers, Distances
1.1-1.4, 1.6, 1.8
1/24
Lecture 3 - Night Sky and Motion of the Earth around the Sun 1.5, 2.1-2.5
1/26
Lecture 4 - Phases of the Moon, Eclipses, Distances
1.5, 3.1-3.5
1/28
Lecture 5 - Orbits, Sizes, Precession 1.5, 2.6, 4.1-4.7
1/31
Lecture 6 - Extrasolar Planets
5.1-5.2, 5.9, 8.6
2/2
Lecture 7 - Life Beyond Earth
30
2/4
Lecture 8 - The Sun - Structure and Nuclear Burning
18.1-18.5
2/7
Review - Practice Exam

2/9
First hour exam  Form A  Form B

Unit #2

Date
Topic
Reading
2/11
Lecture 9 - The Sun - Outer Layers 18.5-18.10
2/14
Lecture 10 - Stars: Brightness, Temperature, Color
19.1-19.4, 5.2-5.4
2/16
Lecture 11 - Stars and Atomic Spectra 19.5, 19.7-19.9, 5.4-5.8
2/18
Lecture 12 - Star Formation
20.1-20.7
2/21
Lecture 13 - Main Sequence Stars
20.4, 19.6, 21.1
2/23
Lecture 14 - Evolution of Stars
21.1-21.3, 22.1-22.3
2/25
Lecture 15 - Deaths of Stars, Supernovae
21.3, 22.1-22.10
2/28
Review - Practice Exam

3/2
Second hour exam  Form A  Form B


Unit #3

Date
Topic
Reading
3/4
Lecture 16 - The Milky Way, Shape and Size
25.1-25.2
3/7
Lecture 17 - The Milky Way's Spiral Arms
25.3, 25.5
3/9
Lecture 18 - Orbits and Dark Matter, the Center of the Milky Way
25.4, 25.6
3/11
No class

3/21
Lecture 19 - Galaxies
26.1-26.3, 26.6
3/23
Lecture 20 - Formation of Galaxies 26.7-26.9
3/25
Lecture 21 - Cosmic Distance Scale 26.4-26.5
3/28
Review - Practice Exam
3/30
Third hour exam  Form A  Form B

Unit #4

Date
Topic
Reading
4/1
Lecture 22 - White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars
22.4, 23.1-23.9
4/4
Lecture 23 - Black Holes
24.1-24.2
4/6
Lecture 24 - More Black Holes (same slides as for lecture 23)
24.5-24.7
4/8
Lecture 25 - Active Galaxies 24.4, 27.1-27.5
4/11
Lecture 26 - Accretion Disks 24.3
4/13
Lecture 27 - Black Hole Jets 27.4-27.5
4/15
Lecture 28 - Intermediate Mass Black Holes
4/18
Review - Practice Exam

4/20
Fourth hour exam   Form A  Form B

Unit #5

Date
Topic
Reading
4/22
Lecture 29 - Expansion of the Universe, Curved Spacetime
28.1-28.3, 28.6
4/25
Lecture 30 - Cosmology
28.3-28.6, 29.5
4/27
Lecture 31 - More Cosmology
28.6-28.8
4/29
Lecture 32 - Even more Cosmology
29.1
5/2
Lecture 33 - Clusters and the Large Scale Structure of the Universe 29.6
5/4
Review   Practice Exam
5/6
Review