Astronomy 1144 - Autumn 2018
TEACHING ASSISTANT: Grace Olivier
Mid-Term Test Dates: Tuesday Sep 11, Tuesday Oct 9, Thursday Nov 1,
Tuesday Nov 20 (40 min duration)
We shall be covering topics from Chapters 3-5 and 16 - 28 in the textbook.
However, we will not be following the textbook exactly, and many
topics therein will not be covered in class. You should
know the material we do cover in class, and read corresponding material in the
The exam questions will be largely from material covered in class.
The daily topics listed below cover only the main points. Make sure to
read your notes and the corresponding material in the Textbook.
- Aug 21: Syllabus; Overview: stars and galaxies, stellar properties and evolution. no proven connection between
astrology and astronomy; since stars also move, the position of the Sun
relative to the 12 Constellations of the Zodiac changes over centuries and is
different from the dates given in the 'horoscope' section of newspapers.
Metric system is normally used in science and in all countries except
the U.S.; powers of ten in exponents; ground and space astronomy - need
space observations to cover all kinds of radiation, such as X-ray, UV,
etc. that are absorbed by the atmosphere of the Earth;
science and religion: faith vs. inquiry; ancient astronomy; use of
Geometry by the Greeks, belief in the Geocentric system
Geocentric model (Ptolemy) vs. the Heliocentric model (Copernicus).
POWERPOINT LECTURE FILES
Please note that this material is posted as an aid to,
not as a substitute for, class lectures. Any questions should be
preferably addressed in class (not by email).
- Lecture File 1
- Lecture File 2
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Revised: Aug 10, 2018