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Astronomy

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Course Syllabus for Astronomy

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

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WeekDateChapterTopicLab
WeekDateChapterTopicLab
1Sep 3, 2019HW00Introduction to Course: Methods and online ResourcesLab Reports
2Sep 10, 2019HW011.1-8Astronomy and the UniverseObserving Techniques
3Sep 17, 2019HW02A2.1-4Knowing the HeavensObserving Constellations
4Sep 24, 2019HW02B2.5-8Finding your way around the yearObserving Using Coordinate Systems
5Oct 1, 2019HW033.1-6Eclipses and the Motion of the MoonObserving the Moon
6Oct 8, 2019HW04A4.1-4GravitationPlanetary Orbits
7Oct 15, 2019HW04B4.5-8Derivation of Kepler's LawsDetermining the Mass of Jupiter
8Oct 22, 2019HW05A5:1-4The Wave Nature of LightSpectroscopy
9Oct 29, 2019HW05B5.5-9The Particle Nature of LightRefraction and Reflection
10Nov 5, 2019HW066Optics and the TelescopeTelescopes
11Nov 12, 2019HW077Comparative Planetology 1Observing Mercury and Venus
12Nov 19, 2019HW088Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
13Nov 26, 2019HW099The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
14Dec 3, 2019HW1010Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
15Dec 10, 2019HW1111Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
16Dec 17, 2019Focus on Terrestrial Planets
Dec 24, 2019CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Dec 31, 2019NEW YEAR's HOLIDAY
17Jan 7, 2020HW1212Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
18Jan 14, 2020HW1313Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
19Jan 21, 2020HW1414Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
20Jan 28, 2020HW1515Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
21Feb 4, 2020REVIEW and EXAMNO LAB
22Feb 11, 2020HW1616Our Star, the SunSunspots
23Feb 18, 2020HW1717The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
24Feb 25, 2020HW1818The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
25Mar 3, 2020HW1919Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
26Mar 10, 2020What we can learn from starlight
27Mar 17, 2020HW2020Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
28Mar 24, 2020HW2121Black HolesBinary Stars
29Mar 31, 2020HW2222Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
30Apr 7, 2020Holy Week Holiday
Apr 14, 2020HW2323GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
31Apr 21, 2020HW2424Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
32Apr 28, 2020HW2525CosmologyHubble's Law
33May 5, 2020HW2626The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
34May 12, 2020HW2727The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
35May 19, 2020Current events in astronomy
36May 26, 2020REVIEW and EXAM
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