Astro 4 - Stars, Galaxies, and the Origin of the Universe

Tue 2:45-5:50pm section - Spring '18 Schedule

UCSC: Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics Friday Seminar Schedule

GreenSteps - Cabrillo College Sustainability Calendar of Event

Apr 28 Saturday - last day to withdraw and receive a "W". After this, you receive a grade no matter what


Mon Jan 29 :
Introduction, syllabus, bits of Ch 1, Chapter 0 - Principles of Clear Thinking and Scientific Method , On Teaching , Ch 3.5,4: Astrology as example of bogus pseudoscience

Mon Feb 5: Finish Chapter 0, On Teaching , Ch 3 - Historical Astronomy (brief), Ch 4 - Forces and Gravity

Mon Feb 12:
Ch 4 - Newton: Forces and Gravity, Ch 5 - Light and Matter

Mon Feb 26:
Ch 5 - Light and Matter, Quiz #1: Chap 0, On Teaching, ch 1, 3

Tue Feb 27: 6:30-7:30pm at Cabrillo Observatory: Our Extra Credit Star Party opportunity. Stay the hour and get 1% added to your grade. Click link and see the map of how to get there. If cloudy, we'll try again later.

Mon Mar 5:
Ch 6 - Telescopes and Detectors, Ch S1,2 - Einstein and Modern Gravity, Ch 14 - The Sun, Fusion, Structure, Solar Wind

Mon Mar 12:
Ch 14 - The Sun, Fusion, Structure, Solar Wind, Quiz #2: Chap 4, 5, 6, bits of Chap S1,2

Mon Mar 19:
Ch 15 - Surveying the Stars, Ch 16 - The Birth of Stars and after the break: History Channel's "Secrets of the Sun" video (52 min) and video quiz

Tue Mar 21: Spring Break - no class

Mon Apr 2: Ch 16 - The Birth of Stars, Ch 17 - Stellar Evolution of low mass stars

Mon Apr 9:
Ch 17 - Stellar Evolution - Low, Medium, and High Mass Star evolutions, Quiz #3: Chap 14, 15

Mon Apr 16:
Ch 18 - Binary star evolution, Stellar Death - White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, Novae, Black Holes. start Ch 19 - Our Milky Way Galaxy

Mon Apr 23:
Ch 19 - Our Milky Way Galaxy, Quiz #4: Chap 16-18, Ch 20,21 - Galaxy types, Galaxy evolution, video clip on colliding galaxies

Mon Apr 30:
Ch 20,21 - Quasars and Giant Black Holes, Ch 22 - Dark Matter

Mon May 7:
Ch 22 - Dark Matter, Evidence for Dark Energy, Large Scale Structure, Quiz #5: Ch 19-21

Mon May 14: Ch 23 - Cosmology: The Big Bang and Inflation

Mon May 9:
Ch 23 - Cosmology: The Big Bang and Inflation, Video “Nova: The Runaway Universe” and video quiz,

Mon May 16: Ch 23, 24 - the Multi-verse, the Anthropic Principle, Life and implications for the Nature of the Universe Video “Nova: The Runaway Universe” and video quiz,


Mon May 21: 1-4pm: Finals Week: Quiz #6: Ch 22-24, and Final Exam