Introduction to Astrophysics (PHY 105)     Spring 2004

2004 syllabus
course information
course links
Astronomy Picture of the Day
 
 
Monday,
April 19
Wednesday,
April 21
Friday, 
class
 
 last day of class
 
reading
(always done before class)
 25(4), 26(1-2)



intro to the CMB
25(3)
26(2-7)
 
web links



what's up in the sky
this week'sSky at a Glance from Sky & Telescope magazine
Skywatcher's Diary for this month
map to duke forest "observatory"
directions to
duke forest "observatory"
news of the week
 
 


 
 
Monday,
April 12
Wednesday,
April 14
Friday,
April 16
class
 
test handed out in class
 no class
(make-up for take-home test)
reading
(always done before class)
review 22(1,2) on Hubble's law

22(3)  on finding distances
to galaxies

23(1ABCE, 2, 6) on clustering and the distribution of superclusters in space

first 2 pages of pink sheets on Newtonian cosmology
(class handout)
 summary of Newtonisn cosmologies

all of pink (Newtonian) cosmology sheets

Lookback Time: Observing Cosmic History (article handed out in class)

first 2.5 pages of green (General Relativity) cosmology sheets
(see questions sent by email)
 
web links

the top 10 cosmology sites

interactive
homework
none this week: you're studying for the test 
JIT
 
 none this week: you're studying for the test
 
news of the week


Star Formation Peaked Later than Thought

Milky Way Past Was More Turbulent Than Previously Known

Stars as Numerous as Grains of Sand in Nearby Galaxy

After 45 Years (and $700 Million),  a Gravity Experiment Takes Flight
(NY Times)


 
 
Monday,
April 5
Wednesday,
April 7
Friday,
April 9
class
 
 
 
reading
(always done before class)
Zeilik prelude  7-1, particularly the beginning section on the equivalence principle

article on gamma ray bursts
from Mercury Sept/Oct 2003

pdf version
 chapter 14, especially (3,5)
chapter 19 is boring and can be skipped, although you might page through it to see what's there
chapter 20, especially (2)
chapter 21, esp table 21-1,
section 21-5A
 
web links
Laser Interferometer 
Gravitational-Wave Observatory
your tax dollars at work

virtual trips to black holes and neutron stars

Black Hole Collision Movies

Falling into a Black Hole

 a perfect Einstein ring

 Hubble's Top 10 gravitational lenses

The First Einstein Ring ;
First Cross-Shaped Gravitational  Lens

components of the Milky Way

a new closest galaxy: the Canis Major dwarf

the Sagittarius dwarf

(discovered only in the last decade) is living inside the Milky Way

Halo Reveals Remains of Milky Way's Galactic Snacks
(N. Y. Times
April 11, 2000)

the oldest objects
in the galaxy

the Hubble Deep Field:
Hubble sees the universe at 10% of its present age:
try to read the press releases and science backgrounds continued therein along with the picture captions

Hubble Sees Early Building Blocks Of Today's Galaxies


Hubble Identifies Primeval Galaxies

hgalaxy1
hgalaxy2
hgalaxy3

interactive
homework
homework 9 due Friday April 9
JIT
 
jit due by 9 am today
 
news of the week
 
 the Andromeda galaxy: cannibal on our doorstep

Milky Way's dark heart:
black hole fits inside earth's orbit


 
 
Monday,
March 29
Wednesday,
March 31
Friday,
April 2
class
 
 
 
reading
(always done before class)
 first 4 pages of Supernova 1987A! article (that goes with the homework)
 17-2 (B and E) & 18-5C
on  neutron stars ( = pulsars)

&  Prelude 6-4,5 with corrections
(handed out in class) on synchrotron radiation

pulsar physics
still looking for gamma-ray bursts article; hopefully will have one for monday
 
read type 1 supernova link below
 
black holes:  17-3

know basic components, effects on space and time

web links
see planetary nebula
evolution pictures

under march 24

supernova implosion and explosion movies
(best movies are the ones at the very top)


the importance of SN 1987A

the crab pulsar: on and off

Crab Nebula: The Movie

Crab Nebula: The Sequel
(best movie is the middle one)


type Ia SN happen in binaries
interactive
homework
 homework 8 due Friday, April 2 & article to go with it
JIT
 
 jit due by 9 am today
 
news of the week
 
 

march 2004 pages
february 2004 pages
january 2004 pages