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Course Syllabus for Astronomy

Astronomy Syllabus: Homework, Reading Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Labs

Use the Links in the Homework column to find your homework assignment. Homework is usually due on the date given, unless otherwise stated in the assignment.

1Sep 7, 2021HW00Introduction to Course: Methods and online ResourcesLab Reports
2Sep 14, 2021HW011.1-8Astronomy and the UniverseObserving Techniques
3Sep 21, 2021HW02A2.1-4Knowing the HeavensObserving Constellations
4Sep 28, 2021HW02B2.5-8Finding your way around the yearObserving Using Coordinate Systems
5Oct 5, 2021HW033.1-6Eclipses and the Motion of the MoonObserving the Moon
6Oct 12, 2021HW04A4.1-4GravitationPlanetary Orbits
7Oct 19, 2021HW04B4.5-8Derivation of Kepler's LawsDetermining the Mass of Jupiter
8Oct 26, 2021HW05A5:1-4The Wave Nature of LightSpectroscopy
9Nov 2, 2021HW05B5.5-9The Particle Nature of LightRefraction and Reflection
10Nov 9, 2021HW066Optics and the TelescopeTelescopes
11Nov 16, 2021HW077Comparative Planetology 1Observing Mercury and Venus
12Nov 23, 2021HW088Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
13Nov 30, 2021HW099The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
14Dec 7, 2021HW1010Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
15Dec 14, 2021HW1111Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
Dec 28, 2021NEW YEAR's HOLIDAY
Jan 4, 2022Focus on Terrestrial Planets
17Jan 11, 2022HW1212Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
18Jan 18, 2022HW1313Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
19Jan 25, 2022HW1414Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
20Feb 1, 2022HW1515Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
21Feb 8, 2022Project Presentations, Review, and ExamNO LAB
22Feb 15, 2022HW1616Our Star, the SunSunspots
23Feb 22, 2022HW1717The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
24Mar 1, 2022HW1818The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
25Mar 8, 2022HW1919Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
26Mar 15, 2022What we can learn from starlight
27Mar 22, 2022HW2020Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
28Mar 29, 2022HW2121Black HolesBinary Stars
29Apr 5, 2022HW2222Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
Apr 19, 2022HW2323GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
31Apr 26, 2022HW2424Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
32May 3, 2022HW2525CosmologyHubble's Law
33May 10, 2022HW2626The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
34May 17, 2022HW2727The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
35May 24, 2022Current events in astronomy/Project Presentations
36May 31, 2022Review, and Exam
Jun 7, 2022