DATE 
TOPICS 
FILES, NOTES, and ASSIGNMENTS 
Dec. 13 
See the final exam class results 
Dec. 11 
FINAL EXAM: 8:0010:00 BX 102 
Sections M01 and M02 (classes that usually meet at 8:55am) 
Dec. 9 
FINAL EXAM: 10:3012:30 BX 102 
Sections M06, M07, and M08 (classes that usually meet at 11:45am) 
Dec. 4 
UNIT 12: STRUCTURE IN THE UNIVERSE (II)
 sources of dark matter, the end of the universe 

Dec. 2 
UNIT 12: STRUCTURE IN THE UNIVERSE (I)
 observations at large distances, dark matter, cosmological simulations 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 [12B  "Expansion and LookBack Times"] Exam preparation assignment (do not hand in). Check your answers with the [Solutions]
 REMINDERS:
 Course evaluations are now available on Canvas. These are anonymous. Please complete the evaluation to earn 1 full extracredit point on your final grade!! Thank you.
 Final exam next week. Use your study guides and midterm exam for preparation.
 Links:

Take a bird'seye look at the scale of the universe
 More locally, a nice representation of the scale of the solar system. Sent by Michael Fadem.

Dec. 1 
 DUE: Assignment 12A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Week of Dec. 1 

Nov. 20 
UNIT 11: COSMOLOGY (III)
 shape of the universe, inflation, TOE, GUT 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 Links to new (about 6 months ago) inflation discoveries:
 Here is a short video
 Here is a very accessible article
 Here is another very readable piece
 And here is a slightly more technical description of the new results
 Then, a couple months later, some initial skepticism about the results
 And then even more skepticism

Nov. 19 
Study guide for final exam: [pdf]

Nov. 18 
UNIT 11: COSMOLOGY (II)
 dark matter in galaxies, critical mass of the universe, dark energy 

Week of Nov. 17 

Nov. 13 
UNIT 11: COSMOLOGY (I)
 overview of main topics 
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 [12A] (Due: up until midnight, Dec. 1) Last online homework!
 [11B] Inclass assignment. Radiolab show about the universe(s) with Brian Greene.
 Turn in assignment 10C from the previous class

Nov. 12 
 DUE: Assignment 11A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Nov. 11 
UNIT 10: THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE (II)
 Big Bang, cosmic microwave background radiation, recombination 

Week of Nov. 10 

Nov. 6 
UNIT 10: THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE (I)
 measuring large distances, Hubble's Law, expansion 

Nov. 5 
 DUE: Assignment 10A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Nov. 4 
UNIT 9: EVOLUTION OF HIGHMASS STARS (II)
 special relativity, general relativity, black holes, gravitational redshift, gravitational waves 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 DUE: Extra Credit questions for Unit 9 on Sapling (due at midnight)

Week of Nov. 3 

Oct. 30 
UNIT 9: EVOLUTION of HIGHMASS STARS (I)
 nuclear fusion processes, abundances of elements, Type II supernova, neutron star, Xray binary, cluster ages 

Oct. 29 
 DUE: Assignment 9A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Oct. 28 
UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOWMASS STARS (II)
 mainsequence, red giants, planetary nebula, white dwarfs, nova, binaries, Type I supernova 

Week of Oct. 27 

Oct. 23 
UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOWMASS STARS (I)
 star formation, protostars 

Oct. 22 
 DUE: Assignment 8A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Oct. 21 
Review of midterm exam 
See the class results page 
Week of Oct. 20 

Oct. 16 
MIDTERM EXAM 
Oct. 14 
UNIT 7: THE SUN (II)
 energy transport by radiation and convection, dynamics, flares, CMEs, space weather 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 Study for midterm on Thursday
 Due: 7B
 Some interesting Sun links:
 Helioviewer  lets you make your own screenshots or movies for any region of the Sun
 Solar Monitor  uptodate information about the Sun today
 SpaceWeather.com  the latest forecasts for solar activity

Week of Oct. 13 

Oct. 9 
UNIT 7: THE SUN (I)
 basic properties, regions, nuclear fusion, protonproton chain 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 [8A] (Due: Oct. 22, note: two weeks!)
 [7B  Sun Size]
Inclass assignment. Not done in class, can be completed and handed in for extra credit! (DUE: Tue. Oct. 14 in class)

Oct. 8 
 DUE: Assignment 7A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Oct. 7 
Study guide for midterm exam (Oct. 16): [pdf] 
Oct. 7 
UNIT 6: BASICS of STARS (II)
 HR diagram 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ANNOUNCEMENTS:
 You have until Wednesday, October 15 to fulfill your firsthalf observatory assignment
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 [6C  HR Diagram] Inclass assignment
 Links:

The Astrotours demonstration of the HR diagram is pretty useful if you're having problems understanding this important tool

Week of Oct. 6 

Oct. 2 
UNIT 6: BASICS OF STARS (I)
 distances, parallax, luminosity 

Oct. 1 
 DUE: Assignment 6A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Sep. 30 
UNIT 5: TELESCOPES (II)
 different examples of ground and space telescopes 

Week of Sep. 29 

Sep. 25 
UNIT 5: TELESCOPES (I)
 basics of optics, effects of Earth's atmosphere 

Sep. 24 
 DUE: Assignment 5A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Sep. 23 
UNIT 4: MAKING USE OF LIGHT (II)  luminosity, brightness, star radius, blackbody curves 

Week of Sep. 22 

Sep. 18 
UNIT 4: MAKING USE OF LIGHT (I)
 Doppler shifts 

Sep. 17 
 DUE: Assignment 4A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Sep. 16 
UNIT 3: LIGHT AND WHAT IT TELLS US (II)
 blackbody thermal radiation, emission and absorption spectra 

Week of Sep. 15 

Sep. 11 
UNIT 3: LIGHT AND WHAT IT TELLS US (I)
 electromagnetic spectrum, atoms, energy levels 

Sep. 10 
 DUE: Assignment 3A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Sep. 9 
UNIT 2: SEASONS, PHASES, and ECLIPSES (II)
 phases of the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses 

Week of Sep. 8 

Sep. 4 
UNIT 2: SEASONS, PHASES, and ECLIPSES (I)
 seasons, shadows 

Sep. 3 
 DUE: Assignment 2A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Sep. 2 
UNIT 1: PATTERNS IN THE SKY (II)
 orbiting the Sun, the zodiac 

Week of Sep. 1 

Aug. 28 
UNIT 1: PATTERNS IN THE SKY (I)
 celestial sphere, circumpolar stars, constellations 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ASSIGNMENTS:
 [2A] (Due: Wed. Sep. 3, midnight)
 [1B  "Position" and "Motion"] Inclass assignment (copies will be provided).
 Cool download:
 Get the free Stellarium software for your computer. It's fun, and it helps you understand the motion of the sky and to identify objects you see.

Aug. 27 
 DUE: Assignment 1A on Sapling (due at midnight)

Aug. 26 
UNIT 0: INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE (II)
 time and distance scales 

Week of Aug. 25 

Aug. 21 
UNIT 0: INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE (I)
 course overview 
 Notes: [slides] [article]
 ASSIGNMENTS (Homework):
 [1A] (Due: Wed. Aug. 27). Do part 1A only (which has 2 subparts)! Assignments 1B and 1C will be done in class in 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. Please purchase the access password directly at the site.
 ASSIGNMENTS (Other):
 Read carefully the entire [Syllabus] by next class
 Look over the course Lab Page (Know which section your are in!)
 If you do not purchase the lab manual at Kinkos, you can download and print each lab from there, or download the [entire manual].
 Print out the [voting card] IN COLOR by next class
