General Astronomy 29:062
Prof. Gayley
Spring 2015



Course Syllabus is here



Lecture Schedule and Reading Assignments


  • Lecture notes ............. Supplemental Reading
  • Lecture #1, Course Overview, Jan 21 ...................
  • Lecture #2, Telescopes .......... Ch. 10
  • Lecture #3, Spectra, Jan 26 .......... Ch. 11
  • Lecture #4, Spectral Applications ..................
  • Lecture #5, The H-R Diagram ............................. Ch. 12
  • Lecture #6, More H-R, Feb 3 ..................
  • Lecture #7, Stellar Interiors ............................. Ch. 13
  • Lecture #8, More on Interiors ............................. Ch. 14
  • Lecture #9, Even More Interiors, and the ISM, Feb 9. ............... Ch. 14
  • Lecture #10, Starbirth and Magnetism ........................... Ch. 15
  • Lecture #11, Evolution before and after MS ................
  • Lecture #12, Late Stages of Evolution, Feb 16 .............. Ch. 16
  • Lecture #13, Star "Death" ...........Ch. 16
  • Lecture #14, Binary Stars, Novae ....... Ch. 16
  • Lecture #15-- Mon Feb 23, exam review------- QUIZ
  • First In-Class Exam, Wed, Feb 25 Find equation list here
  • Lecture #16, Neutron Stars .....................Ch. 16
  • Lecture #17, Black Holes, March 1 ........Ch. 16
  • Lecture #18, Galaxies ...............Ch. 17
  • Lecture #19, Types of Galaxies ..........Ch. 18
  • Lecture #20, Dark Matter, March 8 ....... Ch. 18
  • Lecture #21, The Distance Scale ..........Ch. 19
  • Lecture #22, More on the Hubble Law ....................Ch. 19
  • Lecture #23, The Big Bang, March 22 ............Ch. 19
  • Lecture #24, Special Relativity ......................Ch. 19
  • Lecture #25, Ramifications of Relativity .....................Ch. 19
  • Lecture #26, General Relativity, 29 ................
  • Lecture #27 Wed March 31----------- QUIZ
  • Second In-Class Exam, Fri, April 2 Find equation list here
  • Lecture #28, Active Galaxies, April 5 ..........Ch. 20
  • Lecture #29, Problems with the Big Bang ...........Ch. 20
  • Lecture #30, Inflation in the Big Bang .......Ch. 20
  • Lecture #31, The Big Bang from our Reference Frame, April 14 .......Ch. 21
  • Lecture #32, Curvature and the WMAP Satellite ..........Ch. 21
  • Lecture #33, Evidence for Acceleration ...........Ch. 21
  • Lecture #34, Modern Theories, April 19 ................
  • Lecture #35, Evolution of Elements ............Ch. 22
  • Lecture #36, Formation of Structure ................
  • Lecture #37, Gamma Ray Bursts, April 26 ...............
  • Lecture #38, Research Topic: Hot Star Winds ................
  • Exam Review, Fri April 30, ---------- QUIZ
  • Third In-Class Exam, Mon May 3
  • Final Exam Review Wed and Fri

    Final exam: Mon, May 10, 9:45 am, LR 70 (our classroom)


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