ASTR 160 - Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics

Open Yale Courses - ASTR 160: Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics (Spring 2007). This consists of 24 lectures given by Professor Charles Bailyn. This course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years. The course explores not just what is known, but what is currently not known, and how astronomers are going about trying to find out. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Introduction

Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Planetary Orbits
Lecture 03 - Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem
Lecture 04 - Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters
Lecture 05 - Planetary Transits
Lecture 06 - Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods
Lecture 07 - Direct Imaging of Exoplanets
Lecture 08 - Introduction to Black Holes
Lecture 09 - Special and General Relativity
Lecture 10 - Tests of Relativity
Lecture 11 - Special and General Relativity (cont.)
Lecture 12 - Stellar Mass Black Holes
Lecture 13 - Stellar Mass Black Holes (cont.)
Lecture 14 - Pulsars
Lecture 15 - Supermassive Black Holes
Lecture 16 - Hubble's Law and the Big Bang
Lecture 17 - Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)
Lecture 18 - Hubble's Law and the Big Bang (cont.)
Lecture 19 - Omega and the End of the Universe
Lecture 20 - Dark Matter
Lecture 21 - Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe and the Big Rip
Lecture 22 - Supernovae
Lecture 23 - Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave Background
Lecture 24 - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything

References
ASTR 160 - Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics
Professor Charles Bailyn. Class Sessions. Downloads. Syllabus. This course focuses on three interesting areas of astronomy: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy.