Astronomy 1040 Assignments and Reading


Date

Assignment

Wed, Jan 13

Read §1-1 "The Scale of the Universe", §1-2 "The History of the Universe" (lecture notes)

Fri, Jan 15

Read §1-3 "Spaceship Earth", §2-1 "Patterns in the Night Sky" (lecture notes)

Mon, Jan 18

MLK Day, no class

Wed, Jan 20

Read §2-2 "The Reason for Seasons", §2-3 "The Moon, Our Constant Companion", §2-4 "The Ancient Mystery of the Planets" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Introduction to MasteringAstronomy” due. This would be due earlier, but later gives people time to get the tech sorted out.

Likewise, normally reading questions are due at the start of the class where that reading was assigned (so you can answer them as you read): last week's has been pushed back to today: Online HW: “Ch.1 RQ”, Online HW: “Ch.2 RQ

Yes, that's a lot: so, if you get the tech figured out sooner, do things sooner, so it'll be more like a normal week's work and not everything due all at once!

Fri, Jan 22

The first week's homework is due: Online HW: “Ch.1 HW”, and “Ch.2 HW”. Might have been due last Friday, but so much going on, pushed back to here.

Read §3-1 "The Ancient Roots of Science", §3-2 "Ancient Greek Science" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.3 RQ1

Mon, Jan 25

Read §3-3 "The Copernican Revolution", §3-4 "The Nature of Science" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.3 RQ2

Wed, Jan 27

Online HW: “Ch.3 HW(lecture notes)

Read §4-1 "Describing Motion"

Online HW: “Ch.4 RQ1

Fri, Jan 29

Read §4-2 "Newton's Laws of Motion" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.4 RQ2

Mon, Feb 1

Read §4-3 "Conservation Laws in Astronomy", §4-4 "The Force of Gravity" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.4 RQ3

Wed, Feb 3

Online HW: “Ch.4 HW(lecture notes)

Read §5-1 "Basic Properties of Light and Matter", §5-2 "Learning from Light"

Online HW: “Ch.5 RQ1

Fri, Feb 5

Read §5-3 "Collecting Light with Telescopes" (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.5 RQ2

Mon, Feb 8

Online HW: “Ch.5 HW(what? Homework due on a test day? Sure: doing the homework well is the best way to study for a test anyway)

Midterm Test #1 (Ch.1-5). An example test I once gave long long ago an a galaxy far far away.

white test solutions, yellow test solutions

The scores on this test (out of 60!) and a snapshot of everyone's total grades at this point.

Wed, Feb 10

Read §6-1 "A Brief Tour of the Solar System", §6-2 "The Nebular Theory of Solar System Formation” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.6 RQ1

Fri, Feb 12

Read §6-3 "Explaining the Major Features of the Solar System”, §6-4 "The Age of the Solar System”, §7-1 "Earth as a Planet”, §7-2 "The Moon and Mercury: Geologically Dead” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.6 RQ2

Online HW: “Ch.7 RQ1

Mon, Feb 15

Read §7-3 "Mars: A Victim of Planetary Freeze-Drying”, §7-4 "Venus: a Hothouse World”, §7-5 "Earth as a Living Planet” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.7 RQ2

Online HW: “Ch.6 HW

Wed, Feb 17

Read §8-1 "A Different Kind of Planet” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.7 HW

Online HW: “Ch.8 RQ1

Fri, Feb 19

Read §8-3 "A Wealth of Worlds: Satellites of Ice and Rock”, §8-2 "Jovian Planet Rings” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.8 RQ2

Mon, Feb 22

Read §9-1 "Asteroids and Meteorites”, §9-2 "Comets” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.8 HW

Online HW: “Ch.9 RQ1

Wed, Feb 24

Read §9-3 "Pluto”, §9-4 "Collisions” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.9 RQ2

Fri, Feb 26

Read §10-1 "Detecting Planets Around Other Stars”, §10-2 "The Nature of Planets Around Other Stars” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.9 HW

Online HW: “Ch.10 RQ#1

Mon, Feb 29

Read §10-3 "The Formation of Other Planetary Systems” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.10 RQ#2

Wed, Mar 2

Online HW: “Ch.10 HW

Midterm Test #2 (Ch.6-10).

An example test I once gave, there's a fair (if not exact) overlap in content with your test, so it could be useful for you to study with.

white test solutions, yellow test solutions

The scores on this test (out of 60!) and a snapshot of everyone's total grades at this point.

Fri, Mar 4

Read §11-1 "A Closer Look at the Sun” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.11 RQ#1

Mon, Mar 7

Spring Break, no class

Wed, Mar 9

Spring Break, no class

Fri, Mar 11

Spring Break, no class

Mon, Mar 14

Read §11-2 "Nuclear Fusion in the Sun”, §11-3 "The Sun-Earth Connection” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.11 RQ#2

Wed, Mar 16

Read §12-1 "Properties of Stars”, §12-2 "Patterns Among Stars” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.12 RQ#1

Online HW: “Ch.11 HW

Fri, Mar 18

Read §12-3 "Star Clusters” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.12 RQ#2

Mon, Mar 21

Read §13-1 "Star Birth” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.12 HW

Online HW: “Ch.13 RQ#1

Wed, Mar 23

Read §13-2 "Life as a Low-Mass Star” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.13 RQ#2

Fri, Mar 25

Read §13-3 "Life as a High-Mass Star”, §13-4 “Stars in Close Binaries” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.13 RQ#3

Mon, Mar 28

Read §14-1 "White Dwarfs”, §14-2 "Neutron Stars”

Online HW: “Ch.13 HW” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.14 RQ#1

Wed, Mar 30

Read §14-3 "Black Holes”, §14-4 "Gamma Ray Bursts”

Online HW: “Ch.14 RQ#2” (lecture notes)

Fri, Apr 1

Online HW: “Ch.14 HW

Midterm Test #3 (Ch.11-14).

An example test I once gave, there's a fair (if not exact) overlap in content with your test, so it could be useful for you to study with.

white test solutions, yellow test solutions

The scores on this test (out of 60!) and a snapshot of everyone's total grades at this point.

Mon, Apr 4

Read §15-1 "The Milky Way Revealed” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.15 RQ#1

Wed, Apr 6

Read §15-2 "Galactic Recycling” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.15 RQ#2

Fri, Apr 8

Read §15-3 "The History of the Milky Way”, §15-4 "The Galactic Center” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.15 RQ#3

Mon, Apr 11

Read §16-1 "Islands of Stars”, §16-2 "Distances of Galaxies” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.16 RQ#1

Online HW: “Ch.15 HW

Wed, Apr 13

Read §16-3 "Galaxy Evolution”, §16-4 "Active Galactic Nuclei” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.16 RQ#2

Fri, Apr 15

Read §17-1 "The Big Bang Theory” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.16 HW

Online HW: “Ch.17 RQ#1

Mon, Apr 18

Read §17-2 "Evidence for the Big Bang” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.17 RQ#2

Wed, Apr 20

Read §17-3 "The Big Bang and Inflation”, §17-4 "Observing the Big Bang for Yourself” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.17 RQ#3

Fri, Apr 22

Read §18-1 "Unseen Influences in the Cosmos”, §18-2 "Evidence for Dark Matter” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.17 HW

Online HW: “Ch.18 RQ#1

Mon, Apr 25

Read §18-3 "Structure Formation” (lecture notes)

Online HW: “Ch.18 RQ#2

Wed, Apr 27

Read §18-4 "Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe” (lecture notes)

Fri, Apr 29

Online HW: “Ch.18 HW

Mon, May 2

Final Exam, 14:00-15:55. This one is set in stone.

An example test I once gave, there's a fair (if not exact) overlap in content with your test, so it could be useful for you to study with.

The scores on this test (out of 120!) and a snapshot of everyone's final grades.