Order of topics for AST 2008, Fall Term, 2007-08
   It is not possible to tell what particular dates we will be covering a given topic, but it will be easy to know where we are within the topic list by coming to class. There are three regular exams and no final exam.

We will follow the topic order of the Chaisson and McMillan text book, although some chapters pertain to AST 2007 and we will not be covering those. Chapters and topics are:
    Intro material; Ch. 1: Orientation in the Universe; constellations; distance estimation
Not covered: Earth's orbital motion; seasons; celestial coordinates; motion of the moon; eclipses; timekeeping; sizing up planet Earth
    Ch. 2: Galileo's discoveries; Copernican system; T. Brahe's measurements; J. Kepler's discoveries about planetary motion; ellipses and other conic sections; Newton's Laws of Motion; Newton's Law of Gravitation; Kepler's Laws re-considered; understanding orbital motion
Not covered: Ancient astronomy; Geocentric Universe
    Ch. 3: electromagnetic radiation; waves and quanta (dual nature of light) (see also Ch.4, pp. 92-93); the electromagnetic spectrum; ideal (blackbody) radiation; Kelvin temperature; Doppler Effect
    Ch. 4: How light goes through a spectrograph; Spectral lines; Kirchoff's Laws; atoms; radiation and absorption by atoms; Doppler line broadening
    Ch. 17: distances again; star motions; star brightness; star temperature; star size; HR diagrams; star mass; Special supplement: Energy conservation and conversion
    Ch. 18: Gas and dust in space; nebular spectra; forbidden lines; absorption and scattering by dust; 21-cm radiation; molecules in space
    Ch. 19: Star forming regions; how stars form; pressure balance; chemically uniform stars; brown dwarfs; associations and clusters
    Ch. 20: Basics of stellar aging; nuclear burning and changing fuels; burning shells; Migrating through the HR diagram; final stages for a low mass star; observing stellar evolution; binary star evolution
    Ch. 21: Novae; exploding white dwarf supernovae; core collapse supernovae; supernova remnants; element synthesis in exploding stars
    Ch. 22: Neutron stars; radio pulsars and their discovery; X-ray sources (accretion; bursts)