ASTR 2030001: 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. Concept
of Spacetime. Relativistic addition of velocities. 
5 
Sep. 11 
General Relativity: The Equivalence Principle  Gravitational
Time Dilation. 
6 
Sep. 13 
Video from "The Mechanical Universe": Lectures 2 and
3. 
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
Hole. 
11 
Oct. 2 
Orbits in strongly curved
spacetime  Kerr Black Holes  No Hair Theorem – Price's
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 – Vacuum
fluctuations and Hawking radiation – BH evaporation. 
15 
Oct. 16 
Inside Black Holes – Various types of singularities –
Penrose's theorem – Quantum foam – Wormholes and Time
Machines. 
16 
Oct. 18 
How stars are born, live, and die: White Dwarfs – Neutron
Stars – Black Holes. 
17 
Oct. 23 
Black Holes in popular movies: video clips from the movies :”Andromeda: Under the Night”, “The Black Hole”, and “Contact”, followed by discussion and clicker questions. 
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  quiescent black
holes at the center of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. 
22 
Nov. 8 
Witnessing
the birth of a new Black Hole in the Universe: GammaRay
Bursts. 
23 
Nov. 13 
Fiske Planetarium: show on Supernovae hosted by Prof. D. McCray 
24 
Nov. 15 
The
Universe: solutions to Einstein's equations for a homogeneous and
isotropic Universe – the Big Bang Theory. 
Nov. 20 
Fall Break 

Nov. 22 
Thanksgiving 

25 
Nov. 27 
Guest lecture by Prof. Web Cash on “MAXIM” 
26 
Nov. 29 
Project IV 
27 
Dec. 4 
Guest lecture by Prof. Andrew Hamilton on Schwarzschild's black holes with visualization tools. 
28 
Dec. 6 
General Course Review. Lecture notes: FinalReview.pdf 
29 
Dec. 11 

30 
Dec. 13 

FINAL EXAM: Sat, Dec 15, 4:307pm, in G1B30 