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Astronomy 161 - Autumn Quarter 2009
An Introduction to Solar System Astronomy

Prof. Scott Gaudi - MTWRF 9:30-10:18am - 0100 Mendenhall Laboratory

Unit 4: The Physics of Astronomy [October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29]

Lecture 18: Newtonian Gravity [Oct 19]
Lecture 19: Orbits [Oct 20]
Lecture 20: Tides [Oct 21]
Lecture 21: Rotation and Revolution of the Earth [Oct 22]
Lecture 22: Light [Oct 23]
Lecture 23: Matter [Oct 26]
Lecture 24: Light and Matter [Oct 27]
Lecture 25: Spectroscopy [Oct 28]
Lecture 26: Telescope [Oct 29]
Related Readings in 21st Century Astronomy
Chapter 3

The links to the lectures provide outlines of the material covered in each class. In some cases they have additional text and links covering supplemental material or graphics. I will attempt to make the online lecture notes are made available starting the week in which the lectures occur, but some notes may not be accessible until later in the week for various reasons.

Please feel free to print out copies of these lecture outlines in advance of class, so you can follow along with the lecture. Many students find this helps them listen without the pressure of taking down detailed notes of their own, but while still making additional notes in the margins to highlight particularly emphasized points.

See A Note about Graphics to learn why some of the graphics shown in the lectures are not reproduced with these notes.

Students looking to explore these topics further using the Internet might want to look at Prof. Richard Pogge's Selected Astronomical Internet Links for this unit.

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