Astronomy 122: Birth and Death of Stars

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AST121: The Solar System
AST123: Galaxies and Cosmology

Lectures:

Week 01:
(Mar 28/31)
  1. Introduction
  2. Celestial Sphere
Week 02:
(Apr 04/08)
  1. Matter & Energy
  2. Light
  3. Quantum Physics
Week 03:
(Apr 11/15)
  1. Fundamental Forces
  2. Telescopes & Observatories
    Apr 15th: Exam #1
Week 04:
(Apr 18/22)
  1. Stellar Properties
  2. Stellar Types
  3. Binary Stars
Week 05:
(Apr 25/29)
  1. HR Diagram
  2. Stellar Structure
  3. Star Formation
Week 06:
(May 02/04)
  1. Stellar Evolution: MS
  2. Star Clusters
    May 6th: Exam #2
Week 07:
(May 09/13)
  1. Stellar Evolution: RGB
  • No Class, May 11th
    1. Stellar Evolution: WD
  • Week 08:
    (May 16/20)
    1. Stellar Death
    2. Neutron Stars
    3. Relativity
    Week 09:
    (May 23/27)
    1. Black Holes
    2. Interstellar Medium: Cold
    3. Interstellar Medium: Warm
    4. Interstellar Medium: Hot
    5. Milky Way
    Week 10:
    (Jun 01)
    1. Stellar Populations
      Jun 3th: Exam #3

    Quiz/Exams:

    Quiz Deadlines
    Quizzes #1,2Sun, Apr 03 Quizzes #14,15Wed, May 04
    Quizzes #3,4,5Sun, Apr 10 Quizzes #16,17Sun, May 15
    Quizzes #6,7Wed, Apr 13 Quizzes #18,19,20Sun, May 22
    Quizzes #8,9,10Sun, Apr 24 Quizzes #21,22,23,24,25Sun, May 29
    Quizzes #11,12,13Sun, May 01 Quizzes #26Wed, Jun 01
    All quizzes must be done by midnight on the dates listed on the top of each quiz
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    The background graphic of these pages is from a chart in Johannes Kepler's 1606 celestial atlas entitled De Stella Nova.

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