Materials for Whittle's ASTR 124 Class

Before each exam, concept outlines and example questions will be posted here.

Supplementary Material:

Two page review of Powers of 10 and Units : postscript and pdf

Four page list of concepts/topics : postscript and pdf

Reading Assignments:

Week 1 (Sept 7, 9) : Ch1; Ch 6.1; Ch7
Week 2 (Sept 14, 16) : Ch 7; Ch 8
Week 3 (Sept 21, 23) : Ch 8; Ch 9
Week 4 (Sept 28, Exam on 30) : Ch 9
Week 5 (Oct 5, 7) : Ch 9; Ch 10
Week 6 (Oct 14) : Ch 11
Week 7 (Oct 19, 21) : Ch 11; Ch 12 (omit 12.4)
Week 8 (Oct 26, 28) : Ch 12; Ch 13 (omit first 2 sub-sections of 13.2
Week 9 (Nov 2, 4) : Ch 13; Ch 14 (omit 14.3)
Week 10 (Nov 9, Exam on 11) : Ch 14; Ch 15

Lectures :

Below are three versions of my lecture slides. An HTML web version which is best viewed using Internet Explorer (other browsers may only partially work). The Powerpoint file itself (which you can either copy over to your machine or run directly). A pdf file which packages six slides on a single color page. All these will open in a second window.

Some of the presentations have movie clips &/or sounds which are given after the lecture files (I couldn't easily get them included in the main files).

Ch 1 Introduction : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 6.1/7 Light : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 8 The Sun : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 9 Star Properties : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 10 The Interstellar Medium : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 11 Star Formation : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 11-12 Star Structure : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 12 Star Evolution : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)
Additional files: html running flash
Star Core animation
Main Sequence Turnoff animation

Ch 13 Star Death : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)
Additional files: html running quicktime
Core Collapse computer simulation

Here is an article I wrote for a popular magazine which covers much of the material from the past few classes. It looks at the history of the atoms in a piece of paper, taking us back into the centers of stars, the ejection of matter, the formation of the sun and earth, and the creation of life. It may help put much of the recent material into a single framework.

Ch 14 Stellar Corpses : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)
Additional files: all html running quicktime or flash
Supernova impact on binary companion, computer simulation
Crab Pulsar's optical flashes
Animation showing Schwarzchild radius dependence on mass

Ch 14b Big Picture Diagrams : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Ch 15 Milky Way Galaxy : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)
Movies etc:
Star orbits near the Galactic center (mpeg 300kb)

Ch 16 Galaxies : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)
Movies etc:
Zoom into HDF (8 Mb)
Animation of Doppler rotation of spiral galaxy
Merger of two spirals
Merger of two spirals fancy version(16 Mb)
Group Merge
Fly bye (cf M51)
Local Group 3-D simulation

Ch 16 Cosmology : Web-HTML or Powerpoint or pdf (color) or pdf (bw)

Exam 1 Preparation Material :

Some example questions and review notes for the first exam can be found here

Exam 2 Preparation Material :

Some example questions and review notes for the second exam can be found here

Final Exam Preparation Material :

Some example questions and review notes for the final exam can be found here
Last modified Sept 23 2003 by dmw8f
http://www.astro.virginia.edu/class/whittle/astr124