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AST 309R · Galaxies, Quasars, & Universe    1   2  


Grading
  • The course grade will be evaluated on the basis of:
    50% homework (5 homework assignments due Feb 18, Mar 11, Apr 1,15,29)
    25% midterm (Mar 21)
    25% final (May 6)

  • Midterm and Final exams will be multiple-choice questions. There will be make-up examinations ONLY for students with valid excuses. (Reasons for absence must be presented in advance of examination.) The lowest homework score will be dropped (so you can miss one homework).

  • The following grading scale will be used: 90+=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D. Any average below 60 is failing.
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: the new grading scale has been adopted: 85+=A; 75-84=B; 65-74=C; 55-64=D. Any average below 54 is failing. (Eiichiro Komatsu; April 4)
Class Attendance
  • I strongly recommend that you attend classes. The textbook covers the materials only broadly and is probably difficult for you to understand if you only read it and do not attend classes. Although I will basically follow the contents of the textbook, many that are not in the book will be lectured in class.

  • Please sit on the front seats - do not sit in the back! I will often use chalkboard, and the lecture room is too large for you to read what I write on the chalkboard if you sit far in the back. Also, please let me know if you cannot read things on the chalkboard.

  • Feel free to ask questions during or after lecture. Sometimes I do not notice that you are raising your hand, so please call my name when I do not seem to recognize you.

  • Please do not leave the lecture room until lecture ends.

Schedule


I encourage you to read relevant chapters before coming to class

Jan 19
w
Orientation
 
 
Jan 21
f
What is Cosmology?
Ch.1
 
Jan 24,26,28
mwf  
History of Cosmology
Ch.2,3,4
 
Jan 31/Feb 2,4
mwf
Stars
Ch.5
 
Feb 7,9,11
mwf
Galaxies and Quasars
Ch.6
 
Feb 14,16,18
mwf
Space and Time
Ch.7,8,9
HW#1
due f
Feb 21,23,25
mwf
Curved Space
Ch.10
 
Feb 28/Mar 2,4
mwf
Relativity
Ch.11,12
 
Mar 7,9,11
mwf
Black Holes
Ch.13
HW#2
due f

Mar 14,16,19


NO CLASS (Spring Break)

Mar 21

m
In-class Midterm Exam
Ch.1-13
 
Mar 23
w
Expansion of the Universe
Ch.14
 
Mar 25
f
Redshifts
Ch.15
 
Mar 28,30/Apr 1
mwf
Cosmological Models
Ch.16,17,18
HW#3
due f
Apr 4,6,8
mwf
Observational Cosmology
Ch.19
 
Apr 11,13,15
mwf
The Early Universe
Ch.20
HW#4
due f
Apr 18,20,22
mwf
Inflationary Universe
Ch.21,22
 
Apr 25
m
Dark Matter and Energy
Special Topic
 
Apr 27
w
The Cosmic Numbers
Ch.23
 
Apr 29
f
Darkness at Night
Ch.24
HW#5
due
May 2
m
Creation of the Universe
Ch.25
 
May 4

w
Life in the Universe
Ch.26
 
May 6
f
In-class Final Exam
Ch.14-26
 





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