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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.

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

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