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 schedule Fall 2006 ASTR 2030 Black Holes: Timetable

Week Topic Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Th Prologue Aug 28
Overview
Aug 30
A Vogage Among the Holes
Sep 1
A Vogage Among the Holes
2 Th 1
Special Relativity
Sep 4
Labor Day
No classes
Sep 6
Postulates
Sep 8
Spacetime diagrams
simultaneity (pdf)
Lorentz contraction (pdf)
3 Sep 11
Time dilation, Lorentz contraction
Sep 13
What things actually look like at relativistic speeds
Rules of 4-dimensional perspective (pdf)
5pm Wed Sep 13: Last moment to drop for free
Sep 15
In class Project 1: Twin Paradox
4 Sep 18
Quasars, superluminal jets
Tue Sep 19
Homework 1 Help Session 5-5:50pm Duane G1B20
Sep 20
Review Session
Homework 1 due in class: Draw a Relativistic Scene
Sep 22
Midterm
5 Th 2, 3, 5, 6
General Relativity, Black Holes
Sep 25
Falling into a Black Hole
Sep 27
River Model of BHs
Sep 29
In class Project 2: River Model
6 Oct 2
Schwarzschild geometry
Embedding diagram (pdf)
Oct 4
Schwarzschild Wormhole, White Hole
Collapse to a Black Hole
Oct 6
Principle of Equivalence
7 Oct 9
In class Project 3: Andromeda: Under the Night
Oct 11
Review Session
Oct 13
Midterm
8 How to script a movie
Read Th 4 in preparation for Project 4
Oct 16
"Contact"
Oct 18
"Walt Disney's The Black Hole"
Oct 20
In class Project 4: The Mystery of White Dwarfs
9 Th 8, 9
X-ray Binaries, Active Galactic Nuclei, Gamma Ray Bursts
Oct 23
Prof. Mitch Begelman: "Disks, Jets, X-ray Binaries, and Active Galactic Nuclei"
Oct 25
Prof. Rosalba Perna: "Gamma Ray Bursts" (ppt)
Oct 27
Prof. Mitch Begelman: "Disks, Jets, X-ray Binaries, and Active Galactic Nuclei"
10 Th 4, 5, 6
White dwarfs, Neutron stars, and Supernovae
Oct 30
White dwarfs, neutron stars, and the nature of matter at very high density
Mass-radius relation for cold matter (pdf)
Tue Oct 31
"Monster of the Milky Way"
Nova documentary on supermassive black holes,
7pm, Channel 6 (Rocky Mountain PBS).
If you don't have a TV, watch it (free) at CU's Fiske Planetarium.
Nov 1
Supernovae
Homework 2 Help Session 6-6:50pm Duane G1B20
Nov 3
Video:
"Monster of the Milky Way"
Homework 2 due in class: Black Hole Threatens Earth
11 Th 6, 7, 13, 14
Charged and Rotating Black Holes
Nov 6
Supermassive BHs
Census of known BHs
Nov 8
Charged BHs
Penrose diagrams
Th Nov 9
Homework 3 Help Session 5-5:50pm Duane G1B20
Nov 10
Charged BHs
Homework 3 due in class: Sagittario
12 Nov 13
Rotating BHs
Nov 15
Supernovae
Nov 17
Fiske: "Black Holes"
13   Thanksgiving Break
14 Th 12
Black Holes Evaporate
Nov 27
Hawking radiation
Nov 29 Dec 1
In class Project 5: Compact Binary
15
Big Bang
Dec 4
The Standard Model of Cosmology
Tue Dec 5
Homework 4 Help Session 5-5:50pm Duane G1B20
Dec 6
Homework 4 due in class: Hawking Effect
Dec 8
Prof. Webster Cash "MAXIM"
16 Review week Dec 11
Fiske: "Big Bang"
Dec 13
Review Session
FCQs
Dec 15
Review Session
17 Finals week Monday Dec 18
4:30-7pm Final
   

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