DATE TOPICS FILES, NOTES, and ASSIGNMENTS
Apr. 17 UNIT 11: COSMOLOGY (I)

- overview
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [12A] (Due: Wed. Apr. 23)
  • [11B] In-class assignment. Radiolab show about the universe(s) with Brian Greene.
Apr. 16
Apr. 15 UNIT 10: THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE (II)

- Big Bang, cosmic microwave background radiation, recombination
Apr. 10 UNIT 10: THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE (I)

- measuring large distances, Hubble's Law, expansion
Apr. 9
Apr. 8 UNIT 9: EVOLUTION OF HIGH-MASS STARS (II)

- special relativity, general relativity, black holes, gravitational redshift, gravitational waves
  • Notes:   [slides] [article]
  • DUE: Extra Credit for Unit 9 on Sapling (due at midnight)
Apr. 3 UNIT 9: EVOLUTION of HIGH-MASS STARS (I)

- nuclear fusion processes, abundances of elements, Type II supernova, neutron star, X-ray binary, cluster ages
Apr. 2
Apr. 1 UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOW-MASS STARS (II)

- main-sequence, red giants, planetary nebula, white dwarfs, nova, binaries, Type I supernova
Mar. 20 UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOW-MASS STARS (I)

- star formation, protostars
Mar. 19
Mar. 18 Review of exam
Mar. 13 MID-TERM EXAM See the class results
Mar. 12
Mar. 11 UNIT 7: THE SUN (II)

- energy transport by radiation and convection, dynamics, flares, CMEs, space weather
  • Notes:   [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • Study for mid-term on Thursday
  • Some interesting Sun links:
Mar. 6 UNIT 7: THE SUN (I)

- basic properties, regions, nuclear fusion, proton-proton chain
  • Notes:   [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [8A] (Due: Mar. 19, note: two weeks!)
  • [7B - Sun Size] In-class assignment. Not done in class, can be completed and handed in for extra credit! (DUE: Thu. March 13 in class)
Mar. 5
  • LAB 7: The Sun (read and print out before coming to lab)
  • DUE: Assignment 7A (due at midnight)
  • REMINDER: Last night for observatory in the first half of the semester
Mar. 4 Study guide for mid-term exam (Mar. 13):   [pdf]
Mar. 4 UNIT 6: BASICS of STARS (II)

- H-R diagram
  • Notes: [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [6C - HR Diagram] In-class assignment
  • Links:
Feb. 27 UNIT 6: BASICS OF STARS (I)

- distances, parallax, luminosity
Feb. 26
Feb. 25 UNIT 5: TELESCOPES (II)

- different examples of ground and space telescopes
Feb. 20 UNIT 5: TELESCOPES (I)

- basics of optics, effects of Earth's atmosphere
Feb. 19
  • LAB 5: Parallax (read and print out before coming to lab)
  • DUE: Assignment 5A (due at midnight)
Feb. 18 UNIT 4: MAKING USE OF LIGHT (II)

- luminosity, brightness, star radius, blackbody curves
Feb. 13 UNIT 4: MAKING USE OF LIGHT (I)

- Doppler shifts
Feb. 12
  • LAB 4: Spectroscopy (read and print out before coming to lab)
  • DUE: Assignment 4A (due at midnight)
Feb. 11 UNIT 3: LIGHT AND WHAT IT TELLS US (II)

- blackbody thermal radiation, emission and absorption spectra
Feb. 6 UNIT 3: LIGHT AND WHAT IT TELLS US (I)

- electromagnetic spectrum, atoms, energy levels
Feb. 5
  • LAB 3: Optics (read and print out before coming to lab)
  • DUE: Assignment 3A (due at midnight)
Feb. 4 UNIT 2: SEASONS, PHASES, and ECLIPSES (II)

- phases of the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses
  • Notes:   [slides] [article] (please look at the notes on eclipses which we didn't get to cover in class)
  • DUE: Seasons Interactive Lab Questions (extra credit) on Sapling (due at midnight)
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [2C - "Lunar Phases"] In-class assignment.
  • Cool Links:
Jan. 30 UNIT 2: SEASONS, PHASES, and ECLIPSES (I)

- seasons, shadows
Jan. 29
Jan. 28 UNIT 1: PATTERNS IN THE SKY (II)

- orbiting the Sun, the zodiac
Jan. 23 UNIT 1: PATTERNS IN THE SKY (I)

- celestial sphere, circumpolar stars, constellations
  • Notes:  [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [2A] (Due: Wed. Jan. 29, midnight)
  • [1B - "Position" and "Motion"] In-class assignment (copies will be provided).
  • Cool download:
Jan. 22
Jan. 21 UNIT 0: INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE (II)

- time and distance scales
Jan. 16 UNIT 0: INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE (I)

- course overview
  • Notes:  [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS (Homework):
  • [1A] (Due: Wed. Jan. 22). Do part 1A only (which has 2 subparts)! Assignments 1B and 1C will be done in class the following week.
  • Obtain a textbook from the NMSU Bookstore (or online, but hurry!!). See syllabus about other possible textbook options.
  • Get your account activated at Sapling Learning. Either buy the access card at the bookstore or buy it directly at the site.
  • ASSIGNMENTS (Other):
  • Read carefully the entire [Syllabus] by next class
  • Look over Jacob and Nigel's Lab page
  • If you do not purchase the lab manual at Kinkos, you can download and print each lab from there, or download the [entire manual].
  • Here is the [voting card] for downloading and printing out IN COLOR by next class