Red Giant and Neutron Star

ASTR 1020: Stellar and Galactic Astronomy

Left: Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right).

Right: Collision of two galaxies, NGC 6052, 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules.

Colliding Galaxies

The Cosmic Perspective, Chapters 14-24, with Review of 1-5, Spring 2016

   Course Syllabus
   Lab Syllabus
   Your professor: Petrus C Martens, martens "at" astro.gsu.edu
         GSU Department of Physics & Astronomy.

                           Course Calendar

Please note: Unexpected circumstances may result in changes to the course calendar.
Lecture slides and questions will be posted the day before class

Part 1: Review of Basic Concepts

January 11
         Subject: Chapter 1
         Chapter 1 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 1 practice questions, in PDF format

January 13
         Subject: Chapter 2,
         Chapter 2 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 2 practice questions, in PDF format

January 15
         Chapter 3 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 3 practice questions, in PDF format

January 18
         Martin Luther King Day, no classes

January 20
         Chapter 4 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 4 practice questions, in PDF format

January 22
         Subject: Chapter 5 "Light and Matter: Reading Messages from the Cosmos",
         Chapter 5 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 5 practice questions, in PDF format

Part 2: The Sun and Stars

January 25
         Subject: Chapter 14, "The Sun: Our Star"
         This day the labs start, see the Lab Information

January 27
         Test #1: Chapters 1-5
         What you need to know: Study Guide, in PDF Format
         Chapter 1 Review Questions, in PDF Format
         Chapter 2 Review Questions, in PDF Format
         Chapter 3 Review Questions, in PDF Format
         Chapter 4 Review Questions, in PDF Format
         Chapter 5 Review Questions, in PDF Format

January 29
         Subject: Chapter 14, "The Sun: Our Star"
         Chapter 14 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 14 practice questions, in PDF format
         Sounds and Movies of the Sun
         What is the Importance of Space Weather? PDF format

February 1
         Subject: Chapter 14, "Surveying the Stars"

February 3
         Subject: Chapter 15, "Surveying the Stars"
         Chapter 15 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 15 practice questions, in PDF format

February 5
         Review of Chapters 14 & 15, Preparation for Test #2
         Chapter 14 review questions, in PDF format
         Chapter 15 review questions, in PDF format

February 8
         Test #2: Chapters 14 & 15
         What you need to know: Study Guide in PDF Format


Part 3: The Lifecyle of Stars

February 10
         Subject: Chapter 16, "Star Birth"
         Chapter 16 slides, in PDF format

February 12
         Subject: Chapter 16, "Star Birth"
         Chapter 16 practice questions, in PDF format

February 15
         Subject: Chapter 17, "Stellar Evolution"
         Chapter 17 slides, in PDF format

February 17
         Subject: Chapter 17, "Stellar Evolution"
         Chapter 17 practice questions, in PDF format

February 19
         Subject: Chapter 18, Stellar Death and Black Holes"
         Chapter 18 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 18 practice questions, in PDF format

February 22
         Subject: Review of Chapters 16-18,
         Chapter 16, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 17, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 18, Review Questions in PDF format

February 24
         Test #3: Chapters 16-18
         What you need to know: Study Guide in PDF Format

Part 4: Galaxies

February 26
         Subject: Chapter 19, "Our Galaxy"
         Chapter 19 slides, in PDF format
         Extra Credit Assignment, Due March 14

February 29
         Subject: Chapter 19, "Our Galaxy"
         Chapter 19 practice questions, in PDF format

March 2
         Subject: Chapter 20, "Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology"
         Chapter 20 slides, in PDF format

March 4
         Subject: Chapter 20, "Galaxies and the Foundation of Modern Cosmology"
         Chapter 20 practice questions, in PDF format

March 7
         Subject: Chapter 21, "Galaxy Evolution and Quasars"
         Chapter 21 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 21 practice questions, in PDF format

March 8
         Total Solar Eclipse over the Pacific. Preview and watch Live on NASA TV

March 9
         Subject: Chapter 21, "Galaxy Evolution and Quasars"
         Subject: Review of Chapters 19-21
         Chapter 19, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 20, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 21, Review Questions in PDF format

March 11
         No Class

March 14-18
         Spring Break, No Classes

March 19
         HLCO Open House, 8:30 pm. Counts for Extra Lab Credit

March 21
         Test #4 Postponed

March 23
         Test #4: Chapters 19-21
         Study Guide in PDF Format

Part 5: The Universe

March 25
         Subject: Chapter 23, "Dark Matter and Dark Energy"
         Chapter 23 slides, in PDF format

March 28
         Subject: Chapter 23, "Dark Matter and Dark Energy"
         Chapter 23 practice questions, in PDF format

March 30
         Subject: Chapter 22, "The Birth of the Universe"
         Chapter 22 slides, in PDF format
         Chapter 22 practice questions, in PDF format

April 1
         Subject: Chapter 24, "Life in the Universe"
         Chapter 24 slides, in PDF format

April 4
         Subject: Chapter 24, "Life in the Universe"
         Chapter 24 practice questions, in PDF format

April 6
         Subject: Review of Chapters 22-24
         Study Guide in PDF Format
         Chapter 23, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 22, Review Questions in PDF format
         Chapter 24, Review Questions in PDF format

April 8
         No Class

April 11
         Test #5: Chapters 22-24
         You can either take the test, or write an essay. No late tests:
         If you do not show up you are deemed to be writing the essay.
         Details here.

April 13
        No Class
        Deadline for essays.

April 15
         Subject: Review of the Entire Course.

April 16
         HLCO Open House, 8:40 pm. Last Opportunity this Semester.
         Counts for Extra Lab Credit

April 18
        Subject: Mock Final Test

April 20
         Subject: Review of Mock Test, Taking Questions on the Entire Course

April 22
        No Class

April 25 & 27
        Finals Week, No Class

April 29
         Final Exam: 8:00-10:30 am, Usual Class Room


Please contact Petrus Martens for comments, questions, and contributions.