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 31st: Exam #1
Week 04:
  1. Mass/Energy Equivalence
Week 05:
  1. Milky Way
  2. Hubble Sequence
  3. Quasars
  4. Distance Scale
Week 06:
  1. Creation
  2. Geometry of the Universe
  3. Dark Matter/Dark Energy
Feb 21st: Exam #2
Week 07:
  1. Early Universe
Week 08:
  1. Inflation
  2. Anthropic Principle
  3. Baryongenesis
Week 09:
  1. Nucleosynthesis
  2. Neutrinos
  3. Cosmic Background
Week 10:
  1. Large Scale Structure
  2. Galaxy Formation
  3. Fate of the Universe
Mar 16th: Exam #3

Quiz/Exams:

Quiz Deadlines
Quizzes #1,2Jan 15th Quizzes #14,15,16Feb 19th
Quizzes #3,4,5Jan 22nd Quizzes #17Feb 26th
Quizzes #6,7,8Jan 29th Quizzes #18,19,20Mar 5th
Quizzes #9Feb 5th Quizzes #21,22,23Mar 12th
Quizzes #10,11,12,13Feb 12th Quizzes #24,25,26Mar 15th
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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