General Astronomy 29:062
Prof. Gayley
Spring 2015



Course Syllabus is here


Homework 1 is here
Homework 2 is here due Monday March 2
Homework 3 is here due Monday Apr 6
Homework 4 is here due Monday Apr 20
Homework 5 is here due Fri May 8

Lecture Schedule and Reading Assignments


  • Lecture notes ............. Supplemental Reading
  • Lecture #1, Course Overview, Jan 21 ...................
  • Lecture #2, Telescopes ..........
  • Lecture #3, Spectra, Jan 26 ..........
  • Lecture #4, Spectral Applications ..................
  • Lecture #5, The H-R Diagram .............................
  • Lecture #6, More H-R, Feb 4 ..................
  • Lecture #7, Stellar Interiors .............................
  • Lecture #8, More on Interiors, Feb 9 ............................. Find equation list here
  • First In-Class Exam, Wed, Feb 11
  • Lecture #9, the ISM, . ...............
  • Lecture #10, Starbirth and Magnetism ...........................
  • Lecture #11, Evolution before and after MS ................
  • Lecture #12, Late Stages of Evolution, Feb 16 ..............
  • Lecture #13, Star "Death" ..........
  • Lecture #14, Binary Stars, Novae .......
  • Lecture #15, Neutron Stars ..................
  • Lecture #16, Black Holes, March 2 ........
  • Lecture #17, Galaxies ...............
  • Lecture #18, Types of Galaxies ...............
  • Lecture #19, Dark Matter, March 9 .......
  • Second In-Class Exam, Wed, Mar 11 Find equation list here
  • Lecture #20, The Distance Scale, Mar 23 .........
  • Lecture #21, More on the Hubble Law ....................
  • Lecture #22, The Big Bang ............
  • Lecture #23, Special Relativity, March 30 ....................
  • Lecture #24, Ramifications of Relativity ....................
  • Lecture #25, General Relativity ................
  • Lecture #26, Active Galaxies, April 6 ..........
  • Lecture #27, Problems with the Big Bang ..........
  • Lecture #28, Inflation in the Big Bang .......
  • Lecture #29, The Big Bang from our Reference Frame, April 13 .......
  • Lecture #30, Curvature and the WMAP Satellite ..........
  • Lecture #31, Evidence for Acceleration ...........
  • Lecture #32, Modern Theories, April 20 ................
  • Third In-Class Exam, Wed Apr 22
  • Lecture #33, Evolution of Elements ............
  • Lecture #34, Formation of Structure ................
  • Lecture #35, Gamma Ray Bursts, April 26 ...............
  • Lecture #36, Research Topic: Hot Star Winds ................
  • Third In-Class Exam, Wed Apr 22
  • Final Exam Review Wed and Fri

    Final exam: Monday May 11, 10:00 am, in our classroom.


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