WVU Center for Astrophysics
Explosions in Space – Spring 2014

ASTR 110 – Explosions in Space – Spring 2014

Instructor: Dr. Duncan Lorimer

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

Office hours: M/W 1030-1200 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”. Throughout the course, the role gravity plays in shaping all these phenomena will be highlighted. A qualitative understanding of both Newton and Einstein’s theories of gravity which will then be developed and used to explore the properties of these astrophysical exotica. 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.

Student area: To complete homework assignments, and look at your grades, you will need to access your password-protected account:

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Announcements:

Apr 21 – Lecture slides for today

Apr 16 – Example essay on pulsars

Apr 16 – Slides for lecture 35

Apr 15 – Nice article about inflation and BICEP2

Apr 14 – Slides for lecture 34

Apr 13 – Galaxy formation simulations

Apr 12 – Cosmology fortune cookies

Apr 10 – Slides for lecture 33

Apr 9 – Slides for lecture 32

Apr 7 – Slides for lecture 31

Apr 4 – Slides for lecture 30

Apr 2- Gamma-ray bursts and mass extinctions

Apr 1 – Slides for lecture 29

Mar 30 – My answers to the Black Hole fortune cookies survey

Mar 30 – Slides for lecture 28

Mar 27 – Slides for lecture 27

Mar 26 – Slides for lecture 26

Mar 24 – Slides for lecture 25

Mar 24 – Mini black holes and the safety of the planet

Mar 24 – LHC black hole formation simulation

Mar 21 – Slides for lecture 24

Mar 19 – Slides for lecture 23

Mar 17 – Slides for lecture 22

Mar 17 – Detection of primordial gravitational waves??

Mar 13 – Information about term paper

Mar 6 – The Drake equation

Mar 6 – Extra-credit lecture on the Fermi paradox

Mar 5 – Slides for lecture 21

Mar 5 – Galactic center stars

Mar 5 – Escape velocity demo

Feb 24 – Lecture 20 slides

Feb 24 – A pulsar in a triple system

Feb 20 – Mid-term study guide

Feb 20 – Slides for lecture 19

Feb 19 – The sounds of pulsars

Feb 19 – The genius of Fritz Zwicky

Feb 19 – Slides for lecture 18

Feb 18 – Example essay on pulsars pdf file here

Feb 18 – Core collapse supernovae

Feb 15 – Slides for lecture 17 [lecture 16 was combined with 15!]

Feb 14 – Animated HR diagram

Feb 14 – Slides for lecture 15

Feb 10 – Slides for lecture 14

Feb 9 – Star formation movies

Feb 9 – Slides for lecture 13

Feb 7 – Slides for lecture 12

Feb 2 – Slides for lecture 11

Jan 31 – Slides for lecture 10

Jan 29 – Eddington’s solar eclipse experiment

Jan 29 – Eddington and Einstein drama

Jan 29 – Double Pulsar Movies

Jan 28 – Slides for lecture 9

Jan 27 – Just when you thought that black holes were simple…

Jan 27 – A recent supernova spotted by undergraduates

Jan 27 – Eddington’s experiment in more detail

Jan 27 – Updated course lecture notes

Jan 27 – Slides for lecture 8

Jan 22 – Slides for lecture 7

Jan 22 – How to measure the speed of light in your kitchen

Jan 22 – Slides for lecture 6

Jan 17 – Slides for lecture 5

Jan 15 – Light clock and time dilation

Jan 15 – My five minutes of NPR fame

Jan 14 – Slides for lecture 4

Jan 14 – Link describing the relativity of simultaneity

Jan 13 – Slides for lecture 3

Jan 10 – Slides for lecture 2

Jan 10 – Class facebook page now up and running…

Jan 8 – You tube video explaining scientific notation

Jan 8 – Slides for lecture 1

Jan 8 – Course lecture notes

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