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Astronomy 1230 Lecture Notes
The lectures in this class are meant to provide background material
needed to undertake the required and most of the elective lab exercises.
The lectures will be topic-oriented and will be timed loosely
to follow the progression of lab exercises.
To help you coordinate the
material, notes for the lecture presentations will be posted
here, usually the day of the relevant lecture. Most will be in
HTML format for easiest retrieval over the Web, but you may need an Adobe PostScript or Acrobat reader for some
To take full advantage of the notes, you should read the notes in advance
and be prepared to ask questions in class. You might consider printing
out a hardcopy before lecture on which to add additional notes from the
lecture. Some sets of notes will have good coverage of the lecture,
but others will hit only the main points and some of the more important
figures. You should plan to fill in the other presented material with
your own notes.
Web links to other useful information or pertinent illustrations are
included on the guides and on the ASTR 1230 Web
Links page. You are encouraged to use these to make the subject
matter more interesting or clear...but you are not required to know
any of this additional material (unless discussed in class).
Regardless of this generous posting of lecture material, you
should plan on attending all lectures.
Please note that in the autumn of 2010 a malicious hack of the UVA astronomy web server resulted in the loss of all of the course materials (and backups) for this class, including the lecture notes, which were the product of 18 years of development by the author. Through painstaking and costly efforts, we are attempting to reconstruct what has been lost. You may find that many links and figures are missing. Please be patient while we work through this.
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