DATE TOPICS FILES, NOTES, and ASSIGNMENTS
Dec. 13 See the final exam class results
Dec. 11 FINAL EXAM: 8:00-10:00
BX 102
Sections M01 and M02 (classes that usually meet at 8:55am)
Dec. 9 FINAL EXAM: 10:30-12:30
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 Look-Back 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 extra-credit point on your final grade!! Thank you.
  • Final exam next week. Use your study guides and mid-term exam for preparation.
  • Links:
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:
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] In-class 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 HIGH-MASS 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 HIGH-MASS STARS (I)

- nuclear fusion processes, abundances of elements, Type II supernova, neutron star, X-ray binary, cluster ages
Oct. 29
  • DUE: Assignment 9A on Sapling (due at midnight)
Oct. 28 UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOW-MASS STARS (II)

- main-sequence, red giants, planetary nebula, white dwarfs, nova, binaries, Type I supernova
Week of Oct. 27
Oct. 23 UNIT 8: EVOLUTION of LOW-MASS STARS (I)

- star formation, protostars
Oct. 22
  • DUE: Assignment 8A on Sapling (due at midnight)
Oct. 21 Review of mid-term exam See the class results page
Week of Oct. 20
Oct. 16 MID-TERM 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 mid-term on Thursday
  • Due: 7B
  • Some interesting Sun links:
Week of Oct. 13
Oct. 9 UNIT 7: THE SUN (I)

- basic properties, regions, nuclear fusion, proton-proton chain
  • Notes:   [slides] [article]
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [8A] (Due: Oct. 22, note: two weeks!)
  • [7B - Sun Size] In-class 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 mid-term exam (Oct. 16):   [pdf]
Oct. 7 UNIT 6: BASICS of STARS (II)

- H-R diagram
  • Notes: [slides] [article]
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • You have until Wednesday, October 15 to fulfill your first-half observatory assignment
  • ASSIGNMENTS:
  • [6C - HR Diagram] In-class assignment
  • Links:
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
  • NO LABS THIS WEEK!!!!!
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"] In-class assignment (copies will be provided).
  • Cool download:
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