ASTR 2030002: BLACK HOLES
Course Timetable: Fall 2012
Reading: Be = Begelman and Rees;
Th = Thorne
1 
Aug. 28 
Overview/preview of the course and goals. You can find the preview here if you missed the class. 
2 
Aug. 30 
Background material: Scientific notation  Unit conversion 
The electromagnetic spectrum. 
3 
Sep. 4 
Video from "The Mechanical Universe": Lecture
1. 
4 
Sep. 6 
Special Relativity: Lorentz contraction  Relativity of Mass 
MassEnergy equivalence  Relativistic Light Aberration. 
5 
Sep. 11 
Concept of Spacetime  General Relativity: The Equivalence
Principle  Gravitational Time Dilation. 
6 
Sep. 13 
Test clicker questions. 
7 
Sep. 18 
Project I 
8 
Sep. 20 
General Relativity: Gravitational deflection of light 
Curvature  Tides  Geodesics. 
9 
Sep. 25 
Experimental tests of General Relativity: Mercury's Precession
 Gravitational Lensing and 
10 
Sep. 27 
Black Holes: The Schwarzschild's solution  Voyage to a Black
Holes  Tidal forces in Black Holes 
11 
Oct. 2 
Orbits in strongly curved spacetime  Kerr Black Holes  No
Hair Theorem. 
12 
Oct. 4 
Quantum Mechanics: Waveparticle duality  Uncertainty
Principle  Bosons and Fermions  Pauli Principle and Degeneracy
Pressure. 
13 
Oct. 9 
Project II 
14 
Oct. 11 
Thermodynamics of Black Holes: Area Theorem and Entropy of
Black Holes  
15 
Oct. 16 
Inside Black Holes  Penrose's Theorem and Pensorse's
conjecture  Quantum foam. 
16 
Oct. 18 
Black Holes in popular movies: video clips from the
movies: "Andromeda: Under the Night", "The Black
Hole" 
17 
Oct. 23 
How stars live and die: White Dwarfs  Neutron Stars  Black
Holes. 
18 
Oct 25 
Project III 
19 
Oct 30 
Fiske Planetarium: show on “The Milky Way: a City of Stars”. Hosted by Tito Salas. 
20 
Nov. 1 
Hunting for Black Holes in our Galaxy: Black Holes in Xray
Binaries  Accretion Disks 
21 
Nov. 6 
Supermassive Black Holes: Quasars  Jets  The quiescent black
hole at the center 
22 
Nov. 8 
Maser and the discovery of supermassive Black Holes at the
center of nearby galaxies. 
23 
Nov. 13 
Fiske Planetarium: show on Supernovae hosted by Prof. D. McCray (or Video: "Black Holes: the ultimate abyss" on the 15th and the Universe on the 13th) 
24 
Nov. 15 
The Universe: solutions to Einstein's equations for a
homogeneous and isotropic Universe  
Nov. 20 
Fall Break 

Nov. 22 
Thanksgiving 

25 
Nov. 27 
Guest lecture by W. Cash on MAXIM 
26 
Nov. 29 
Project IV 
27 
Dec. 4 
General review of the course 
28 
Dec. 6 
Guest lecture I by A. Hamilton 
29 
Dec. 11 
Guest lecture II by A. Hamilton. 
30 
Dec. 13 
Practice questions for the final exam. Remember to bring your clicker. 
FINAL EXAM: Sat, Dec 15, 4:307pm, in G125 