Astronomy 2: Overview of the Universe
will be able to download some of my lecture notes and outlines from
not expect to use these as a substitute for coming to class.
are my own lecture notes and do not contain most of the details you
will get by coming to class. They may be useful to you as an outline
of what was/will be covered in lecture.
Week 1 (Sept 26), Introduction (Our Place in the Cosmos) - Chapter 1 (1.1-1.4):
Week 2 (Oct 1, 3), Motion of the Earth, Celestial Sphere -
Chapter 2 (2.2, 2.3, and part of 2.4), Chapter S1 (S1.1, S1.2):
wk2 iclicker quizzes
with the correct answers marked.
Week 3 (Oct 8, 10), Moon Phases, Eclipses; Kepler's Laws, Planetary Motion; Light; Atoms -
Chapter 2 (2.3-2.4), Chapter 3 (3.3), parts of Chapters 4 and 5:
Week 4 (Oct 15, 17), Special and General Relativity; Quasars and AGNs; Black Holes, Hawking Radiation -
Chapter S2, Chapter S3, Chapter 18.3, Chapter 21.3:
Week 5 (Oct 22, 24; Midterm #1 exam on Oct 24), Review of weeks 1-4:
Week 6 (Oct 29, 31), Cosmology: Expansion, History and Fate of the Universe;
Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation - Chapters 20.3, 22.4, 23:
Week 7 (Nov 5, 7), Early Universe; Milky Way galaxy; Galaxy Morphological
Types - Chapter 19.1, Chapter 20.1:
Week 8 (Nov 12, 14; Midterm #2 exam on Nov 14), SEE WEEK 7 NOTES ABOVE!
Week 9 (Nov 19, 21), Large-Scale
Distribution of Galaxies; Birth, Evolution, and Death of Stars
- Chapter 22.3, Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18:
wk9.ppt (part 1)
wk9.ppt (part 2)
Week 10 (Nov 26; No class on Nov 28 - Thanksgiving holiday), Review of weeks 1-9 (no new lecture notes and no i>clickers quizzes this week)
Week 11 (Dec 3, 5), Interstellar Medium; Dark Matter
- Chapter 19.2, Chapters 22:
I>clicker Quizzes (*** TO BE POSTED AT THE END OF CLASSES, JUST BEFORE FINALS ***):
for the full set of i>clicker quizzes that we have done in class through the
term, with the correct answer indicated in each case.