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Schedule for ASTR 202: Fall 2009

Introduction to Course and Review

Aug 24: First Lecture -- Lecture #1: Introduction to the Class.


Astronomical Background 

Aug 26: Lecture #2: Review of basic astronomical concepts and history 

Reading: Chapter 2 

Aug 28: Lecture #3: The creation and evolution of the Universe 

Reading: Chapter 1 
Aug 31:Lecture #4: Star formation, Stellar Nucleosynthesis
Sept 2: special lecture
Sept 4: no class
Sept 7: no class Labor Day

How Did the Earth and the Moon Form ?

  Sept 9: Lecture #5: Formation of the Earth 

Reading: Chapter 4, Section 2 

Sept 11: Lecture #6: The Earth-Moon System


Asteroidal Impacts & The Early Earth 

Sept 14: Lecture #7: Asteroidal Impacts 

Reading: Chapter 5, Section 5 

Sept 16: Lecture #8: History of the Earth 

Reading: Chapter 4
.............Sept 18: LAST DAY TO DROP COURSES WITHOUT "W" ON TRANSCRIPT
Sept 18: special lecture

History of the Earth and its Earliest Life

Reading: Chapter 3

Sept 21: Lecture #9: Earliest Life on Earth

Reading: Chapter 5

Sept 23: Lecture #10: Energy and Life

Sept 25: special lecture

Life's Energy Sources and its Origin

Sept 28: Lecture #11: Requirements for Life

Sept 30: Lecture #12: Origin of Life on Earth 


Oct 2: midterm review


Oct 5: MIDTERM EXAM


Oct 7: Midterm review


Reading: Chapter 6, Section 1


START GROUP PROJECTS

Oct 9: break into groups

Oct 12: Lecture #13: Requirements of Life in Universe


Oct 14: Telescopes

Oct 16: Build Galileoscope

Life on Mars?

Reading: Chapter 7

Oct 19: Lecture #14: Mars

Oct 21: #15 Mars Meteor

Oct 23: Lecture #16: Venus


Life elsewhere in the Solar System

Oct 26: Lecture #17:  Moons around Giant planets

Oct 28: Lecture #17:  Moons around Giant planets

Oct 30 : Finish your individual essay drafts
Reading: Chapter 8

 Planets Around Other Stars

Reading: Chapter 10

Nov 2: Lecture #19: Formation of Planets around Other stars

Nov 4: Lecture #19 cont: Evidence for Planets Around other Stars

Nov 6: movie, and OBSERVING REPORTS DUE

Life on other Planets 

Nov 9: Lecture #20: Habitability of Other Planets 

Reading: Chapter 9
Nov 11: No Class Veterans' Day

Nov 13: Lecture #21: Intelligent Life 

Extra Solar Intelligent Life

 Nov 16: Lecture #22 The Drake Equation

Nov 18: Lecture #23: SETI

Reading: Chapter 11

  Nov 20: special lecture, movie; essay work


Is There Other Intelligent Life in the Universe?

Final observing projects or ESSAYS DUE NOV 23

Nov 23: Lecture #24: Interstellar Travel

Reading: Chapter 12

Nov 25: special lecture

Nov 28: no class --THANKSGIVING BREAK

Nov 30: Lecture #25: Terra Forming 
Dec 2: discuss class assignments

The Search for other Earths

Dec 4: Lecture #26: The Search for Other Earths

Reading: Chapter 14

Dec 7: Lecture #27: The Next 100 Years: Future Missions to find Distant Earths

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Dec 9: last day of class: Final Review


Dec 11: FINAL EXAM 2PM - 4PM