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


Grading
  • The course grade will be evaluated on the basis of exams. The lowest exam score will be dropped, and the remaining 5 exams will be counted towards the grade. Each exam contributes to 20% of the final grade.
  • The following grading scale will be used: 90+=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D. Any average below 60 is failing.
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.

  • Of course, you are not allowed to read newspapers, magazines or books that are unrelated to the course. You may use your laptops to take notes, but don't ever use it for computer games during the lecture!


Schedule

I encourage you to read relevant chapters before coming to class

Jan 17
 
Orientation / What Is Cosmology?
 
Ch.1
Jan 19
 
History of Cosmology
 
Ch.2,3,4
Jan 24,26
 
Stars
 
Ch.5
Jan 31/Feb 2

 
Galaxies and Quasars
 
Ch.6
Feb 7

 
First Exam
 
Ch.1-6
Feb 9,14
 
Space and Time
 
Ch.7,8,9,10
Feb 16,21,23

 
Relativity
 
Ch.11,12
Feb 28

 
Second Exam
 
Ch.7-12
Mar 2,7
 
Black Holes
 
Ch.13
Mar 9
 
Expansion of the Universe
 
Ch.14

Mar 14,16


NO CLASS (Spring Break)

Mar 21

 
Redshifts
 
Ch.15
Mar 23

 
Third Exam
 
Ch.13-14
Mar 28,30
 
Cosmological Models
 
Ch.16,17,18
Apr 4,6

 
Observational Cosmology
 
Ch.19
Apr 11

 
Forth Exam
 
Ch.15-19
Apr 13,18

 
The Early Universe
 
Ch.20
Apr 20

 
Fifth Exam
 
Ch.20
Apr 25
 
Inflationary Universe
 
Ch.21,22
Apr 27
 
Dark Matter and Energy
 
Special Topic
May 2

 
Darkness at Night
 
Ch.24
May 4
 
Sixth Exam
 
Ch.21,22,24




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27 March 2006
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