Black Holes and Cosmic Catastrophes
We experience the effects of gravity in our everyday lives. This
important force shapes our Sun and its evolution, along with all stars and their exotic end-states,
galaxies, and the universe itself. In Astronomy 4, we study the effects
of gravity and other competing forces on the nature of stars, black holes, galaxies, and the
universe as a whole, including an introduction to special and general
1A Thursday 2:00-2:50 pm; 1246 Public Affairs
1B Thursday 3:00-3:50 pm; 1246 Public Affairs
1C Friday 9:00-9:50 am; 5128 Math Sciences
The Cosmic Perspective: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology (6th Edition)
Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit
A simple calculator is HIGHLY recommended, though not required.
Concept Test Card Sheet
30%: Weekly assignments, simple quantitative problems
30%: Combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching
- Final Exam
40%: Combination of multiple choice, true/false, matching
Homework will be assigned roughly every week and is to be turned
in at the beginning of class on the designated day.
Homework turned in after the beginning of class on the due date
will be considered late. Late homework may be turned in up to
1 week after the due date, at a penalty of 20% reduction in score.
After one week, we will return graded homework. No homework is
accepted after that.