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Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics with Professor Charles Bailyn

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About the Course

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out. view class sessions >>



Course Structure:

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2007.

About Professor Charles Bailyn


Charles Bailyn is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Astronomy and Physics and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Astronomy at Yale. He earned a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale in 1981 and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard in 1987. His recent research efforts have focused on observations of binary star systems containing black holes and on stellar collisions in dense star clusters. He has lectured on "How To See a Black Hole" to school groups, Yale alumni, and amateur astronomical societies. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers, and his work was featured in the PBS mini-series, Mysteries of Deep Space.



ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics (Spring, 2007)

Syllabus

Professor:

Charles Bailyn, Thomas E. Donnelley Professorof Astronomy and Physics, Yale University



Description:

This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out.



Texts:

See reading assignments for individual lectures.



Requirements:

There will be weekly problem sets that contain both quantitative problems and essay-type questions. Policies for lateness and collaboration on problem sets are described in the short essay, Problem Sets in Theory and Practice [text].

There will be two in-class tests, and a final exam. All of these exams will be open book, but electronic aids, including calculators, are not allowed.

Discussion sections are required and will form a crucial part of the course: part of each section will be devoted to understanding the current problem set. There will be an optional 6-12 page paper [PDF]. It will be worth 10% and will reduce the weight of the weakest major portion of the grade from 30% to 15%. However, no problems sets or tests can be dropped altogether.



Grading:

Problem sets: 30%
Two in-class exams: 30% (20% for the stronger grade, 10% for the weaker one)
Discussion section attendance and participation: 10%
Final examination: 30%



ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics

Class Sessions

Click session titles below to access audio, video, and course materials.

1. Introduction
2. Planetary Orbits
3. Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem
4. Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters
5. Planetary Transits
6. Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods
7. Direct Imaging of Exoplanets
Midterm Exam 1
8. Introduction to Black Holes
9. Special and General Relativity
10. Tests of Relativity
11. Special and General Relativity (cont.)
12. Stellar Mass Black Holes
13. Stellar Mass Black Holes (cont.)
14. Pulsars
15. Supermassive Black Holes
Midterm Exam 2
16. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang
17. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)
18. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)
19. Omega and the End of the Universe
20. Dark Matter
21. Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe and the Big Rip
22. Supernovae
23. Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave Background
24. The Multiverse and Theories of Everything


ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies inAstrophysics (Spring, 2007)

Downloads

Course Pages:

The file below contains all of the course pages from this course andmay be downloaded for offline use. The file is offered in .zip format;you must have access to a suitable decompression application to unzipthe contents before use. After decompressing the file, please click"start.html" to launch.

[ download all course pages ] - size 103.7 MB - filetype application/zip

Course Media:

Audio and video files for this course may be downloaded in two ways: iTunes U or the links below for individual files.

To download all tracks from iTunes U, click the "Get Tracks" button on any course page in the iTunes U interface. If the download is interrupted, click "Resume" to continue the download process. You must have Apple's iTunes software installed on your computer to download from iTunes U.

 

To download individual media files from the course, please click the links in the Class Sessions section below. Apple QuickTime 7.2 or higher is required to view the videos, while the mp3 files will play in any mp3-compatible device/player.

 
 1. Introduction[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 2. Planetary Orbits[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 3. Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 4. Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 5. Planetary Transits[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 6. Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 7. Direct Imaging of Exoplanets[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 8. Introduction to Black Holes[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 9. Special and General Relativity[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 10. Tests of Relativity[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 11. Special and General Relativity (cont.)[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 12. Stellar Mass Black Holes[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 13. Stellar Mass Black Holes (cont.)[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 14. Pulsars[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 15. Supermassive Black Holes[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 16. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 17. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 18. Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 19. Omega and the End of the Universe[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 20. Dark Matter[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 21. Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe...[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 22. Supernovae[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 23. Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave...[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]
 24. The Multiverse and Theories of Everything[ high bandwidth ]   [ medium bandwidth ][ mp3 ]

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這是已翻譯好的課程嗎? 不能觀看影片

ztop, 2011-12-09 16:50:45
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請問哪裡有原網站網址?? 這裡什麼東西都不能下載 :-(
JTHuang1991, 2011-07-04 02:57:46

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