Astronomy 2110 - Course Outline
Chem 305 - MWF 11:00 - Fall 2013

Professor: Michael Skrutskie
           Room 204 -- Astronomy Building
           Phone 243-4329
           Office Hours - Mon 1:30 - 3:00; Thu 10:30 - 11:30
           email: mfs4n
           website:  http://www.astro.virginia.edu/class/skrutski/astr2110/
           T.A.: Sandy Liss --   sel7pa
Week 1:
Aug 28-30
Course Introduction and Philosophy
The Celestial Sphere and Coordinate systems
Chapter 1
Week 2:
Sep 03-07
Timekeeping and Calendars
Classical Astronomy
Aberration and Parallax
Chapter 1.4-1.6
Chapter 2
Problem Set 1 Problem Set 1 solutions
Week 3:
Sep 9-13
Kepler's Laws
Orbital Mechanics
Interplanetary Travel
Chapter 2.5
Chapter 3
Problem Set 2
Observing 1 (and 2)
Problem Set 2 solutions
Week 4:
Sep 16-20
Precession
Tides and Tidal boundaries (Roche Limit and Hill Spheres)
Evolution of Earth Rotation
Eclipses
Chapter 4
Week 5:
Sep 23-27
Atomic Structure and Line radiation
Thermal Radiation
Equilibrium temperature of asteroids
Chapter 5 Problem Set 3 Problem Set 3 solutions
Week 6:
Sep 30 - Oct 4
Telescopes and collecting light
Diffraction limit and seeing
Adaptive optics
Chapter 6 Exam 1 - September 30 Problem Set 4
Observing 3 (and 4)
Problem Set 4 solutions
Week 7:
Oct 07-11
Solar System Overview and Contents
Interstellar medium and star formation
Chapter 8
Chapter 16
Week 8:
Oct 14-18
Formation of the Solar System
Radioactive Dating and Solar System Chronology
Meteorites
Chapter 17
Chapter 12.2
Chapter 9 (appendix)
Problem Set 5
Week 9:
Oct 22-26
Surfaces of Terrestrial Worlds - The Earth's Moon
Physics of Cratering
Chapter 9 Problem Set 6
Problem Set 5 solutions
Week 10:
Oct 29-Nov 02
Bombardment History of the Earth and Inner Solar System
Origin of the Moon
Earth Impacts and Mass Extinctions
Chapter 9.5 Problem Set 7
Problem Set 6 solutions
Week 11:
Nov 04-08
The Earth's Atmosphere and Oceans
Planetary Atmospheric Structure and Scale Height
Exploration of Mars
Chapter 9.2
Chapter 10.1
Problem Set 8
Problem Set 7 solutions
Week 12:
Nov 11-15
Jovian atmospheres and Interiors
Galilean Satellites
Chapter 10.2 Exam 2 - Nov 11 Problem Set 9
Problem Set 8 solutions
Week 13:
Nov 18-22
Icy Worlds and Prospects for Life
Europa and Enceladus
Chapter 10.2
Week 14:
Nov 25 only
Pluto, Comets and the Kuiper Belt
The Nice Model
Meteor Showers
Chapter 11.3-11.4
Week 15:
Dec 02-06
Detecting Exoplanets
Characterizing Exoplanets
Searching for Other Earths
Chapter 12.3-12.4 Problem Set 10
Problem Set 9 solutions
Problem Set 10 solutions

Final Exam - Chem 305 Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:00 a.m.