Astronomy 123: Galaxies and the Expanding Universe

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AST121: The Solar System

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AST122: Birth and Death of Stars

Lectures:

Week 01:
  1. Ancient Cosmology
  2. Medieval Cosmology
Week 02:
  1. Newtonian Cosmology
  2. Atomic Theory
  3. Clockwork Universe
Week 03:
  1. Quantum Physics
  2. Elementary Particles
  3. Relativity
Jan 27th: Exam #1
Week 04:
  1. Mass/Energy Equivalence
  2. Milky Way
Week 05:
  1. Hubble Sequence
  2. Quasars
  3. Distance Scale
Week 06:
  1. Creation
  2. Geometry of the Universe
  3. Dark Matter/Dark Energy
Feb 17th: Exam #2
Week 07:
  1. Early Universe
  2. Inflation
Week 08:
  1. Anthropic Principle
  2. Baryongenesis
  3. Nucleosynthesis
  4. Neutrinos
Week 09:
  1. Cosmic Background
  2. Large Scale Structure
  3. Galaxy Formation
  4. Fate of the Universe
Week 10:
Mar 10th: Exam #3

Quiz/Exams:

Quiz Deadlines
Quizzes #1,2Jan 11 Quizzes #14,15,16Feb 15
Quizzes #3,4,5Jan 18 Quizzes #17,18Feb 22
Quizzes #6,7,8Jan 25 Quizzes #19,20,21,22Mar 01
Quizzes #9,10Feb 01 Quizzes #23,24,25,26Mar 08
Quizzes #11,12,13Feb 08
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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