Astro 4

Black Holes and Cosmic Catastrophes

Spring 2017


Schedule of Lectures

Tuesday, April 3rd General introduction to the course. The scale of the universe and our place in it.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 1)
Thursday, April 5th Motion, force, & energy.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 4)
Tuesday, April 10th Gravity!
Reading (TCP, Ch. 4)
Thursday, April 12th Light and Thermal Radiation.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 5)
Tuesday, April 17th Matter and Energy Levels.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 5)
Thursday, April 19th The Sun.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 14)
Tuesday, April 24th Properties of stars.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 15)
Thursday, April 26th More Properties of Stars, Star Clusters.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 15)
Tuesday, May 1st Midterm Exam in class
Thursday, May 3rd Evolution of Low- and High-mass Stars.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 17)
Tuesday, May 8th End states of stars.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 18, S4)
Thursday, May 10th More End States of Stars, Supernova Explosions.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 17, 18)
Tuesday, May 15th Pulsars, Black Holes
Reading (TCP, Ch. 18)
Thursday, May 17th Special relativity
Reading (TCP, Ch. S2)
Tuesday, May 22rd General Relativity and Black Holes.
Reading (TCP, Ch. S3)
Thursday, May 24th AGNs, QSOs, and Supermassive Black Holes.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 20, 21)
Tuesday, May 29th Gravity in our own Milky Way.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 19)
Thursday, May 31st The Galactic Center; Galaxies and the Distance Ladder.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 19, 20)
Tuesday, June 5th The Expansion of the Universe.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 20, 23)
Thursday, June 8th Dark Matter, Dark Energy, the Origin and Fate of the Universe.
Reading (TCP, Ch. 22, 23)
Monday, June 11th Final Exam