Course Syllabus

Astronomy 1143 is a General Education Curriculum (GEC) Physical Science course in the Natural Science category. The goals for this course include:
- understanding the theories and methods of modern astrophysics,
- investigating the relationship between science and technology.
Learning Objectives:
- To investigate the basic facts, principles, theories and methods of modern science as practiced in astrophysics.
- To learn important events in the history of astrophysics, particularly the discovery of the size and age of the Universe and our place within it.
- To explain the role of modern technology in the investigation of astrophysical phenomena.

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Week 1:

Introduction, Ancient Cosmology. (Read chapter 1)

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Week 2:

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 4-Seasons

Homework 1

Week 3:

Lecture 5

Lecture 5-6

Lecture 6

Homework 2

Week 4:

Lecture 7

Lecture 8

Homework 3

Review 1

Week 5:

Tuesday September 20: Test 1.

Lecture 9

Week 6:

Read Chapter 3

Lecture 10

Lecture 11

Week 7:

Read Chapter 8: first two sections.

Lecture 12

Homework 4

Lecture 13

Homework 5

Week 8:

Read Chapter 4.

Lecture 14-15

Thursday October 13: Fall break, no class.

Week 9:

Read Chapter 5

Lecture 15-16

Lecture 16

Homework 6

Homework 6-Part 2

Review 2

Week 10:

Tuesday October 25: Test 2

Lecture 17-Dark Matter

Week 11:

Read Chapter 7

Lecture 18-What is Dark Matter

Lecture 19-Olber's Paradox

Lecture19-Expanding Universe

Homework 7

Week 12:

Read Chapter 8

Lecture 20-BigBang

Lecture 20-Expansion of Space

Lecture 21-Hot Big Bang

Homework 8

Week 13:

Lecture 22-CMB

Read Chapter 10

Lecture 23-Big Bang Nucleosynthesis

Week 14:


Homework 9

Thanksgiving; no class on Nov. 24th.

Week 15:



Review 3

Thursday, December 1: Test 3

Week 16:

Tuesday, December 6: Last Class

Week 17:

Tuesday, December 13: Final Exam 2--3:45pm