Astronomy 100: Exploring the Universe

Section 810, Mahar 204, MWF 10.20-11.15pm

Fall 2010

Dr. Shashi M. Kanbur, 124A Snygg Hall

Phone: 412-2679
Email: kanbur@oswego.edu
Office Hours: Monday:2-3pm, Wednesday: 2-3pm, Friday: 2-3.00pm, or call or email to make an appointment
Course Website: http://www.physics.oswego.edu/~kanbur/a100/index.html
Textbook: The Cosmic Perspective, 6rd edition, by Jeffrey Bennett et al.

Part 1. Observing the Universe

Reading Assignment

Homework

Assignments

Date

 

 

Lecture Topic

1. The Universe

Tutorial (Ch 1, A4-A12)

 

 

2. The Celestial Sphere

Ch 2 (p.27-36)

 

3. Cycles and Time

Ch 2 (p.36-41) & Ch S1 (p.92-107)

 

 

4. View from a Spinning Planet

Ch 2 (p.41-53)

 

 

5. Astrology and Copernican Revolution

Ch 3 (p.58-87)

 

6. Matter and Energy

Ch 4 (p.120-148)

 

 

7. Light and Matter

Ch 6 (p.150-175)

 

8. Gravity and Orbital Motion

Ch 5 (p.134-143)

 

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19

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Part 2. Stars and Stellar Evolution

 

9. Solar System

Ch 8 (p.208-251)

 

 

10. The Sun

Ch 15 (p.494-517)

 

 

11. Space Travel and Special Relativity

Ch S2 (p.424-447)

 

 

12. The Distances to Stars

Ch 16 (p.518-524)

 

 

13. The Masses and Sizes of Stars

Ch 16 (p.524-542)

 

14. The Life of the Sun

Ch 17 (p.564-586)

 

15. Curved Space

Ch S3 (p.448-470)

 

 

16. Gravitational Catastrophes

Ch 18 (p.587-595)

 


17. Black Holes


Ch 18 (p.595-603))

 

18. The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapter 19

 

 


 

19. Galaxies

Chapter 20

 

 

20. Life of a Galaxy

Chapter 21

 

 

21. Dark Matter and the Universe

Chapter 22

 

22.Olber's Paradox, the Hubble Expansion and the Big Bang

Chapter 23

 
 

23. The Big Bang and the fate of the Universe

Chapter 23