AstronomyFinalexamStudyguide
1. GalacticStructure
a. Bulge
a.i. Thecentralportionofaspiralgalaxythatisroughlyspherical(orfootballshaped)and
bulgesaboveandbelowtheplaneofgalacticdisk
b. Halo
b.i. Thesphericalregionsurroundingthediskofaspiralgalaxy
c. Disk

HW5: Due Thursday March 6
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. If

HW10: Due Thursday May 1
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. If

29 Apr 2014
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HW8: mean = 90%
HW10 due Thursday
Evening observing this week (4th of 4; 60% 2+; 37% 1; 3% 0)
Final Exam Thursday, May 15th
Review Session Wednesday, May 14th
Dark Matter and the Structure of the Universe
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Galaxy Rotatio

HW8: Due Thursday April 17
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. I

6 May 2014
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Observing tonight 10:30-midnight
Final Exam Thursday, May 15th
Review Session Wednesday, May 14th 9-11pm
Electronic Teaching Evaluations Open
HW10: mean = 89%
Inflation
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Caused by energy released when strong force f

22 Apr 2014
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Exam 2: mean = 80%
HW9 due Thursday
Paper due today (5 copies)
Evening observing next week (4th of 4; 51% 3; 32% 2; 15% 1)
Sturm Lecture Extra Credit (May 6)
Scale of the Milky Way
Spiral Arms
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Star formation in arms

Paper Abstract: Due Tuesday, April 1
Paper: Due Tuesday, April 22
Assignment: Write a research paper with a length more than 3.3 pages, but no more than
4.0 pages. The paper must be typed, font size = 12, 1.5 line spacing, and include at least three
non-i

HW9: Due Thursday April 24
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. I

17 Apr 2014
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HW8 due today
Paper due next Tuesday (turn in 5 copies)
Hubbles Law
Dark Energy
1. Geometry of the Universe and the Cosmic Microwave
Background
2. Expansion Rate of Universe and Type 1a supernova
standard candles
3. Without DE we a

1 Apr 2014
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Paper title and abstract due today
HW7 due Thursday
Visit to Olin Special Collections
Exam 2, in two weeks (Tuesday April 15th)
HW6 (mean 79%): #1 MCs; #4 inverse square law; #8 solving to the 2.5 power
Compact Objects
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27 Mar 2014
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HW6 due today
Paper title and abstract due next Tuesday
Sturm Lecture: Wed. Apr 2nd 8pm CFA Hall, Dr. Meg Urry
and 4pm Exley 58, Women in Science: Why So Few?
Exam 2 moved from Thursday April 10th to Tuesday April 15th
Low Mass

HW7: Due Thursday April 3
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. If

HW6: Due Thursday March 27
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units. I

25 Feb 2014
1. Exam #1 on Thursday
2. 2nd Observing Session this week
3. HW4 (28 points total; mean = 83%)
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#1 Is Moons mass needed? When Kepler 3rd vs. Newtons K3rd?
#9 Compositions of comets vs. asteroids.
4. Center of Mass
5. Doppler Effect
6. Exo

6 Feb 2014
1. Homework due at beginning of class
2. First Nigh>me Observing this week! First
two clear nights from 9-11pm.
3. Astrophysical Toolkit: Gravity
1. Keplers Laws
2. Newtons Theory of GravitaNon
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25 Mar 2014
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Results of mid-semester survey
HW6 due Thursday
Paper title and abstract due next Tuesday
Evening observing in 2 weeks (3rd of 4; 31% 2; 58% 1; 11% 0)
HW5: (mean = 92%)
Sturm Lecture: Wed. Apr 2nd 8pm CFA Hall, Dr. Meg Urry
a

24 Apr 2014
1. HW9 due today
2. Views of the Milky Way
3. Center of Our Galaxy
1. Supermassive black hole? Lets find out.
4. Starburst Galaxies
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Tidal/Collisional Triggers of Star Formation
Strong Infrared Emission
Collisions may result in mult

HW1: Due Thursday January 30
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units.

Review
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Scale of Universe and Solar System
Celestial Sphere, our view of the sky (celestial poles, zenith, circumpolar, north star)
Cause of the seasons (tilt, equinox,

11 Feb 2014
1. HW3 due Thursday
2. Review Light
1. Microscopic versus macroscopic view of matter
3. Telescopes
1. Refracting
2. Reflecting
3. Field of View
4. GroupSpace vs. Ground-based Telescopes
5. Solar System characteristics
Hydrogen
Helium
Neon
Vega

HW2: Due Thursday February 6
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units.

HW4: Due Thursday February 20
If words are required in an answer, then the answer should be expressed in a complete sentence.
If a number is required in an answer, then the number should have the correct number of signicant
gures, and should include units

APOD: 20 Feb 2014
20 Feb 2014
1. HW4 due today
2. Exam 1 next week (HW5 due afterward)
3. Paper assignment
a. Title and abstract due April 1
b. 4-page paper due April 22
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Make a comet
Tides and ice geology
Group: Comets
Comets and Asteroids