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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 20 EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE: AN ADVENTURE IN ASTRONOMY Fall 2011 Instructor: Prof. Bahram Mobasher Phone: 951-827-7190 E-mail: [email protected] Office: Pierce Hall 2100A Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Lecture: 03:10PM-4:00PM, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, University Lecture Theatre Discussion sessions: TAs will discuss this with the students The purpose of discussion sessions is to help if there are any problems, to answer questions and do the exercises. The TAs will be available during this time. Teaching Assistants: Hooshang Nayeri, Shooby Hemmati, Behnam Darvish Office Hours: By appointment Textbooks: “The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology”, Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit, Pearson/Addison-Wesley sixth Edition “21st Century Astronomy”, Hester, Smith, Blumenthal, Kay and Voss Third Edition Class Website: Log onto and select EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE: AN ADVENTURE IN ASTRONOMY 020 (001) Fall 2011 for the lecture notes, syllabus, homework, homework solutions, grades, and special announcements. Grading: Homework Midterm Exam Final Exam 25% 25% 50% Midterm Exam: multiple choice questions from all the material covered during the first half of the quarter Date for the Midterm Exam: Monday 31st October 3:10 – 4:00pm Final Exam: multiple choice questions from all material covered during the entire quarter Date for the Final Exam: Tuesday 6th December 7-10 pm at University Lecture Theater Homework based on the material covered each week will be available on iLearn at the end of that week (i.e. on Fridays). Each homework set covers three class sessions. Homework is due by Friday of the following week. PHYSICS 20 COURSE OUTLINE Fall 2010 Week Monday Wednesday Friday 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Sept 23 Introduction to the Course Sept 26 A short trip to the Universe Ch. 1:1-4 Sept 28 Development of Modern Astronomy Ch. 3:1-3 Oct 3 Motion, Energy & Gravity Ch. 4:1-5 Oct 5 Reading Messages from the Cosmos Ch. 5:1-5 Oct 10 The Planetary System Ch. 7:1-3 Oct 17 Oct 26 Nov 2 Nov 7 Nov 9 Nov 11 Veterans Day Nov 16 Dark Matter Ch. 22:1-2 Nov 21 Nov 4 Galaxies and the Universe Ch. 20:1-3 Introduction to Modern Cosmology Ch. 21 – 21stCentury Astronomy Nov 14 Dark Energy and Fate of the Universe Ch. 22:3 Oct 28 Mid-term Review The Milky Way Ch. 19:1-4 Beginning of the Universe Ch. 23:1-4 Oct 21 Black Holes Ch. 18:1-3 Building Blocks of the Universe S: 4.1-4.3 Oct 31 Evolution of Galaxies Ch. 21:1-3 Oct 14 Search for other Planets Ch. 13:1-4 Oct 19 Oct 24 Mid-term Exam Oct 7 Astronomer’s Tools: Telescopes Ch. 6:1-4 Oct 12 Origin and Formation of our Solar System Ch. 8:1-5 Understanding Stars, their The Life Cycle of Stars Formation and Evolution Ch. 16:1-3; 17:1-4 Ch. 15:1-3 Space, Time and Gravity: Theory of Relativity S: 2.1-2.4; S: 3.1-3.6 Sept 30 Understanding the Sky Ch. 2:1-4 Nov 18 Structure in the Universe Ch. 22 - 21stCentury Astronomy Nov 23 Dark Ages, Cosmic Background Radiation and the First Galaxies Ch. 23:1-3; Ch. 21- 21st Nov 25 Thanksgiving Century Astronomy 10 Nov 28 Life in the Universe Ch. 24:1-3; Ch. 23- 21st Century Astronomy Nov 30 Where are we going from here? In search for Answers… Dec 2 Great Astronomers: Their life and work Review for the Final FINAL EXAM: Tuesday, December 6th, 7:00-10:00 PM University Lecture Theatre ...
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