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 28th: Exam #1
Week 04:
  1. Mass/Energy Equivalence
  2. Milky Way
Week 05:
  1. Hubble Sequence
  2. Quasars
  3. Distance Scale
Week 6/7:
  1. Creation
  2. Geometry of the Universe
  3. Dark Matter/Dark Energy
Feb 20th: Exam #2
Week 08:
  1. Early Universe
  2. Inflation
  3. Anthropic Principle
  4. Baryongenesis
Week 09:
  1. Nucleosynthesis
  2. Neutrinos
  3. Cosmic Background
  4. Large Scale Structure
Week 10:
  1. Galaxy Formation
  2. Fate of the Universe
Mar 12th: Exam #3

Quiz/Exams:

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