Astronomy 10 - Introduction to General Astronomy

Astronomy 10: Introduction to General Astronomy (Fall 2011, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor Marc Davis. This course provides a description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Topics covered include: a brief history of astronomy, blackbody radiation, telescopes and astronomical instruments, the solar system, rocky planets, Jovian planets, comets and solar system debris, measuring stars, Einstein's general theory of relativity, gravitational lensing, neutron stars, expansion of the Universe, and life in the Universe.


Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Brief History of Astronomy
Lecture 03
Lecture 04
Lecture 05 - Blackbody Radiation
Lecture 06 - Telescopes and Astronomical Instruments
Lecture 07 - The Solar System
Lecture 08 - Planets, The Earth as an Astronomical Body
Lecture 09 - Rocky Planets and their Atmospheres
Lecture 10 - The Jovian Planets
Lecture 11 - Comets and Solar System Debris
Lecture 12 - Measuring Stars
Lecture 13
Lecture 14 - Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, Gravitational Lensing
Lecture 15 - An Overview of Particle Physics
Lecture 16 - Stars: The Sun
Lecture 17 - Measuring the Properties of Stars, The Classification of Stars
Lecture 18 - Main Sequence
Lecture 19 - More about the Main Sequence: Late Evolutionary Fate of Stars
Lecture 20 - The Evolution of Isolated Stars Depends Primarily on Their Masses
Lecture 21 - Neutron Stars
Lecture 22 - External Galaxies
Lecture 23 - The Expansion of the Universe (No Audio for the first 13 minutes)
Lecture 24 - Mergers of Galaxies, Large-Scale Structure, Evolution of the Universe
Lecture 25 - The History of the Universe: Evidences for the Big Bang Theory
Lecture 26 - The Scientific History of the Universe, Shortcomings of the Big Bang Model
Lecture 27
Lecture 28 - Cosmology: Inflation (No visuals for first 12 minutes)
Lecture 29 - Life in the Universe