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 schedule ASTR 3740 Black Holes Spring 2007: Timetable

Week Topic Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Special Relativity Jan 15
Martin Luther King day
Jan 17
Organization
Jan 19
Philosophy
2 Jan 22
History
Jan 24
Postulates
Jan 26
Spacetime diagrams
3 Jan 29
Video on Special Relativity: The Mechanical Universe Lessons 41-44
Jan 31
Homework 1 due in class
Paradoxes, Time dilation, Lorentz contraction
Last day to drop for free
Feb 2
Spacetime Wheel
4 Feb 5
What things actually look like at relativistic speeds
Feb 7
Energy-momentum
Feb 9
In class Project 1: Tachyons
5 Feb 12
Redshift
Homework 2 due in class
Feb 14
Summary Session
Feb 16
Midterm
6 General Relativity,
Black Holes
Feb 19
Postulates of GR
Feb 21
Principle of Equivalence
Feb 23
Geodesics, metric
Homework 3 due in class
7 Feb 26
Schwarzschild geometry
Feb 28
Spacetime/Penrose diagrams
Mar 2
River Model of BHs
8 Mar 5
Schwarzschild wormhole
Mar 7
Charged Black Holes
Mar 9
Homework 4 due in class
In class Project 2: River Model
9 Mar 12
Mass inflation
Mar 14
Rotating Black Holes
Th Mar 15
Evening Summary Session 5-5:50pm Duane G131
Mar 16
Fiske: "Black Holes"
10 Mar 19
Midterm
Mar 21
Prof. Webster Cash "MAXIM"
Mar 23 No class
11   Spring Break
12 Cosmology Apr 2
Hubble expansion
Apr 4
Geometry
Homework 5 due in class
Apr 6
FRW metric
13 Apr 9
Friedmann equations
Apr 11
Matter, radiation, vacuum
Apr 13
History of the size, temperature, and density of the Universe
14 Apr 16
Cosmic Microwave Background
Apr 18
Cosmic Microwave Background
Homework 6 due in class
Apr 20
In class Project 3
15 Apr 23
Inflation
Apr 25
Dark Matter
Apr 27
Fiske: "Big Bang"
16 Apr 30
Time
May 2
Homework 7 due in class
Summary Session
May 4
Summary Session
17     Wednesday May 9
1.30-4pm Final
 

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