Astro100_mt2_review - Midterm 1(Black-body curve Wien’s...

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Astronomy 100: The Universe, Fall 208, N. Katz Review for the 2nd midterm exam DISCLAIMER: The purpose of these notes is to assist you in the preparation of the second midterm exam. The finger is pointed to the most essential material. However, these notes alone cannot list all essential material. I still very strongly recommend to look at the sample exams available on blackboard! I. EARTH, AND MOON The second Midterm will stop at, and include chapter 8 on the Moon. Consult the general overview of the solar system (Sections 6.3,6.4). Because although I will not ask you the specifics on the individual planets (like atmosphere and composition) except for the earth, I could ask questions like what are the names of the planets or which ones are terrestrial planets, or where is the asteroid belt, etc. II. PHYSICS Some will probably still not like it, but the 2nd Midterm again tests some basic physics. Just some. First: the more advanced things about radiation that we had not covered in
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Unformatted text preview: Midterm 1 (Black-body curve, Wien’s law, Stefan’s law, and the Doppler effect method) will be covered. Second: atoms and spectroscopy will be covered. Lots of this material is centered chapter 4. Also very important here is the astronomical importance of the whole range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Know what and where (in space, for instance!?!) the various observational instruments dedicated to different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum are. Then, the basic reasons why and how one builds telescopes: optical ones first, but then also non-optical ones; most importantly, you should know the major distinctions between optical and radio telescopes. But also why and where one builds IR, UV, X-ray and gamma ray telescopes. And finally, you should know, as you can expect, the professor’s favorites: what are the astronomer’s speedometer, thermometer, and chemical analyzer, please?...
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2009 for the course ASTR 100Lxg taught by Professor Dappen during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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