SYLLABUS

 Naked-Eye Astronomy (Prologue, Chapter 1) 

Jan 06-08 -- Course Overview. The Scale of the Universe; Scientific Notation and Units.
Jan 13-15 -- The Celestial Sphere. Apparent Motions of the Sun and Stars. The Seasons. 
             Cycles of the Moon.
Jan 20-22 -- Motions of the Planets. The Beginning of Modern Astronomy. Gravity 
             and Orbits. The Scientific Method. 
             OBSERVING PROJECT-I DESCRIPTION: Jan 22.

 Tools of Astronomy (Chapters 2-3) 

Jan 27-29 -- Light: The Electromagnetic Spectrum from X-rays to Radio Waves. Temperature 
             and Black Body Radiation.

Feb 03-05 -- Atoms and Spectral Lines. Stellar Spectra; Doppler Shift. Telescopes, 
             Detectors, and Research Instruments.

 Stars (Chapters 9-13) 

Feb 10-19 -- The Sun's Atmosphere and Structure. Types and Properties of Stars. The HR Diagram. 
             QUIZ-1: Feb 10 
             OBSERVING PROJECT-II DESCRIPTION: Feb 17.
Feb 24-26 -- Interstellar Medium.             
Mar 03-05 -- Stellar Birth and Life. Stellar Death: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Black Holes.
             REVIEW: Mar 03   
Mar 05    -- MIDTERM EXAM: Mar 05  
Mar 10-12 -- No class -- Spring Break 

 Galaxies and Cosmology (Chapters 14-17)

Mar 17-19 -- Galaxies: The Milky Way. 
Mar 24-31 -- The Hubble Law and the Distance Scale: Large-Scale Structure. 
             The Dark Matter Problem. Galaxy Formation and Evolution.
             PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DEADLINE FOR PROJECT II
	     OBSERVING PROJECT-II SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Mar 26
Apr 02-02 -- Active Galaxies. Quasars and Super-Massive Black Holes.

 Planets and Extraterrestrial Life (Chapters 4-7, 18) 

Apr 07-09 -- Survey of the Solar System: Terrestrial Planets.
             QUIZ-2: Apr 09 . 

Apr 14-16 -- Survey of the Solar System: Jovian Planets.
             REVIEW: Apr 16
Apr 21    -- FINAL EXAM: Apr 21
             OBSERVING PROJECT-I SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Apr 21