Professor: Alice Quillen, B+L424, 2759625 aquillen at pas.rochester.edu 
Natural color view of Saturn's rings made from images captured by Cassini July 21, 2004. Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute. 
TIs: Josh Rosser, Saad Usmani  
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursdays 11:05am12:20 in Dewey 2110E 

Labs and Workshops: Thursday 6:158:55pm and Friday 2:004:40pm in Bausch and Lomb 203H 

AST 111 Course Information 

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Homeworks: 
Handouts: 

Lecture 1a, Lecture 1b
Solar system overview, Celestial sphere, Orbital elements 
Homework 1,
solutions
due Friday 6pm on Sept 9 
The Celestial Sphere
Reading: Chap 1 of Lissauer and de Pater (LdP) 
Lecture 2a, Lecture 2b
Kepler's laws as following from Newton's laws, Radial velocity exoplanet searchs, orbital resonances, Keplerian orbits, escape velocity, transfer orbits 
Short assignment,
Homework 2,
solutions
Homework 2 is due Friday 6pm on Sept 23, but the short assignment is due Friday 6pm on Sept 16. 
Astrometry and Photometry
Reading: Chap 2 of LdP 
Lecture 3a, Lecture 3b
Tidal Forces, Lagrange Points, Horseshoe and Tadpole orbits, Radiation forces, Poynting Robertson Drag, Gas Drag, Hill radius, synchronous orbits 
Homework 3,
solutions
due Friday Sept 30 
Reading: finish Chap 2 of LdP 
Lecture 4a, Lecture 4b
Astronomical magnitudes, Electromagnetic spectrum, Black bodies, Telescopes, diffraction limit, Magnification, Focal length, Poisson statistics and sky background 
Homework 4,
solutions
due Friday Oct 7 
Reading: About Telescopes from Kutner's book. The book is on reserve and I uploaded a set of notes from it onto blackboard. 
Lecture 5
Energy Balance and Transport. Albedo. Equilibrium temperature. Diffusive transport. Heat conduction. Radiative energy transport. Thermal inertia. Greenhouse effect. 
Homework 5,
solutions
due Friday Oct 14 
Reading: LdP, On energy transport: Chap 4. 
Midterm Exam Tuesday Oct 25  Exam1, Solutions  Practice exam/Review, Solutions 
Lecture 6
Hydrostatic equilibrium. Adiabatic index. Convective energy transport. Dry lapse rate. Atmospheric structure. Atmospheric escape. 
Homework 6,
solutions
due Friday Nov 4 
Reading: LdP, On atmospheric escape: Section 5.7, On thermodynamics and hydrostatic equilibrium: Sections 3.1,3.2 
Lecture 7a, Lecture 7b
Atmospheres and Meteorology. Cloud formation and precipitation. Geostrophic and cyclostrophic flows. Hadley cells, Thermal tides, Condensation flows. Wet and dry adiabatic lapse rates. 
Homework 7,
solutions
due Friday Nov 11 
Reading: Chap 5 of LdP 
Lecture 8a,
Lecture 8b
Meteorites, Isotopic composition, Radioactive Dating, Asteroids 
Homework 8,
solutions
due Friday Nov 18 
Reading: Chap 11,12 of LdP
On Climate of Proxima B: Ribas et al., Turbet et al., Barnes et al., Meadows et al. 
Lecture 9
The 'Nice' model 
Project assignment  Reading: Chap 15 of LdP 
Lecture 10
Planetary Surfaces, Craters: formation and history of bombardment, Weathering and Erosional Processes, Plate tectonics 
Reading: Chap 6 of LdP  
Midterm Exam Tuesday Dec 13  Exam  Review problems 