DATE TOPICS FILES, NOTES, and ASSIGNMENTS
Oct. 22
  • DUE: Assignment 8A on Sapling (due at midnight)
Oct. 21 Review of mid-term exam
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