WVU Center for Astrophysics
Explosions in Space – Spring 2015

ASTR 110 – Explosions in Space – Spring 2015

Instructor: Dr. Duncan Lorimer

Contact details: Duncan dot Lorimer at mail dot wvu dot edu

Office hours: M/W 1000-1200 in G61 White Hall

Class times: M/W/F 1330-1420 in B51 White Hall

Overview: The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough qualitative understanding of some of the most violent and energetic phenomena in the universe. Topics discussed will include exploding stars and supernova, pulsars and black holes, wormholes and time travel and the creation of the universe in the so-called “big bang”. Assessment will be via in-class assignments, grading of weekly multiple-choice problem sets, a midterm exam, a term paper and a final exam at the University’s scheduled time during exam week.

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Announcements:

Feb 27 – More notes from the doc cam

Feb 27 – The double pulsar page

Feb 27 – Lecture 20 slides

Feb 26 – More fortune cookies

Feb 26 – Mid-term Exam Study guide

Feb 25 – Neutron stars

Feb 23 – Lecture 19 slides

Feb 23 – Sample essay about pulsars

Feb 23 – Origin of gold

Feb 23 – Lecture 18 slides

Feb 23 – Discovery of pulsars

Feb 19 – SNR catalog

Feb 19 – Betelgeuse: The clock is ticking

Feb 19 – Lecture 17 slides

Feb 17 – Lecture 16 slides

Feb 17 – White Dwarf Merger

Feb 17 – Type I supernova

Feb 17 – Chandrasekhar’ story

Feb 16 – Notes from Doc Cam Feb 11-Feb 16

Feb 16 – Lecture 15 slides

Feb 16 – A second round of fortune cookie questions answered

Feb 13 – Interactive HR diagram

Feb 12 – Lecture 14 slides

Feb 11 – Lecture 13 slides

Feb 11 – Star formation movies

Feb 9 – Notes from Doc Cam up to and including Feb 9

Feb 9 – Journey of Nino the Neutrino

Feb 8 – Slides for lecture 12

Feb 5 – Slides for lecture 11

Feb 3 – Slides for lecture 10

Feb 2 – Slides for lecture 9

Jan 30 – Latest from the world of black holes

Jan 29 – First Round of Fortune cookies

Jan 28 – Slides for lecture 8

Jan 26 – Slides for lecture 7

Jan 25 – Slides for lecture 6

Jan 23 – Ronald Mallett talking about the light clock

Jan 22 – Slides for lecture 5

Jan 21 – YouTube video showing relativity of simultaneity

Jan 21 – Website discussing relativity of simultaneity

Jan 20 – Slides for lecture 4

Jan 16 – Morgan Freeman talking about Hawking Radiation!

Jan 15 – Slides for lecture 3

Jan 13 – Slides for lecture 2

Jan 13 – Class syllabus

Jan 12 – Class facebook page now up and running…

Jan 12 – You tube video explaining scientific notation

Jan 12 – Slides for lecture 1

Jan 12 – lecture notes

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