Lecture Notes for

Big Bang and Black Holes

ASTR/PHYS 109, Fall 2020
Last Updated on 04/28/21


You are expected to do the reading before the lecture. The reading can be found here

Note: There are three different columns below.

  1. The first column containts links to the lecture notes shown in class in .pdf version
    • Not all the PowerPoint slides for a Chapter (given in the 2nd column) are given in a single lecture
    • An error indicates that the lecture has not yet been posted. Lectures after posted AFTER the lecture has occurred. If a lecture appears to be missing send mail toback@tamu.edu
  2. The second column contains the full set of PowerPoint slides
    • Not all the PowerPoint slides for a Chapter are given in a single lecture.
    • There are many slides from previous semesters that are come after the "End of Lecture" slide. I try to clean them up, but if I haven't you should ignore them
    • The videos/animation do not show up in the PowerPoint slides, but links to them are available in Column 3
  3. The third column contains the videos shown in class.
    • Some of the videos are not shown in class, but I've left them there since you might find them helpful.

A link to Last Semester's lectures (the lectures for this semester are expected to be similar, but not identical)


Lecture Notes in PDF
(What was actually shown in class)

Topic and PowerPoint Lecture Notes
(More detail, including the slides so you can watch things move)

Videos

Lecture 1 (PDF) (posted 01/19/21)

Lecture 2 (PDF) (posted 01/22/21)

Introduction (Chapter 1) and Course Organization

  • None

Lecture 2 (PDF) (posted 01/22/21)

Lecture 3 (PDF) (posted 01/25/21)

Lecture 4 (PDF) (posted 01/27/21)

Going Big (Chapter 2)

Lecture 5 (PDF) (posted 01/29/21)

Lecture 6 (PDF) (posted 02/01/21)

Going Small (Chapter 3)

Lecture 6 (PDF) (posted 02/01/21)

Lecture 7 (PDF) (posted 02/03/21)

Lecture 8 (PDF) (posted 02/05/21)

Evidence and the Scientific Method (Chapter 4)

Lecture 9 (PDF) (posted 02/08/21)

Lecture 10 (PDF) (posted 02/10/21)

Lecture 11 (PDF) (posted 02/12/21)

Light and Doppler Shifts (Chapter 5)

Lecture 12 (PDF) (posted 02/22/21)

Lecture 13 (PDF) (posted 02/24/21)

Lecture 14 (PDF) (posted 02/26/21)

Lecture 15 (PDF) (posted 03/01/21)

Gravity, General Relativity and Dark Matter (Chapter 6)

Lecture 16 (PDF) (posted 03/03/21)

Lecture 17 (PDF) (posted 03/05/21)

Lecture 18 (PDF) (posted 03/08/21)

Atomic Physics and Quantum Mechanics (Chapter 7)

Lecture 19 (PDF) (posted 03/10/21)

Lecture 20 (PDF) (posted 03/12/21)

Nuclear Physics and Chemistry (Chapter 8)

Lecture 21 (PDF) (posted 03/15/21)

Lecture 22 (PDF) (posted 03/17/21)

Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium (Chapter 9)

Lecture 23 (PDF) (posted 03/18/21)

Lecture 24 (PDF) (posted 03/22/21)

The Exploding Universe (Chapter 10)

  • None

Lecture 24 (PDF) (posted 03/22/21)

Lecture 25 (PDF) (posted 03/24/21)

Lecture 26 (PDF) (posted 03/26/21)

Expanding Space-Time (Chapter 11)

Lecture 26 (PDF) (posted 03/26/21)

Lecture 27 (PDF) (posted 03/29/21)

Lecture 28 (PDF) (posted 03/31/21)

Photons and Hydrogen in the Universe (Chapter 12)

  • CMB (No longer used as of 2017A)

Lecture 28 (PDF) (posted 03/31/21)

Lecture 29 (PDF) (posted 04/05/21)

Lecture 30 (PDF) (posted 04/07/21)

The Early Universe (Chapter 13)

Lecture 30 (PDF) (posted 04/07/21)

Lecture 31 (PDF) (posted 04/09/21)

After the First Three Minutes (Chapter 14)

  • None

Lecture 31 (PDF) (posted 04/09/21)

Lecture 32 (PDF) (posted 04/12/21)

Lecture 33 (PDF) (posted 04/14/21)

Galaxies (Chapter 15)

Lecture 33 (PDF) (posted 04/14/21)

Lecture 34 (PDF) (posted 04/16/21)

Lecture 35 (PDF) (posted 04/19/21)

Stars (Chapter 16)

Lecture 35 (PDF) (posted 04/19/21)

Lecture 36 (PDF) (posted 04/21/21)

Lecture 37 (PDF) (posted 04/23/21)

Black Holes (Chapter 17)

Lecture 37 (PDF) (posted 04/23/21)

Lecture 38 (PDF) (posted 04/26/21)

Possible Fates of the Universe, Dark Matter and Dark Energy (Chapter 18)

  • None

Lecture 38 (PDF) (posted 04/26/21)

Lecture 39 (PDF) (posted 04/28/21)

Particle Physics, Dark Matter and the Very Early Universe (Chapter 19)

Lecture 39 (PDF) (posted 04/28/21)

Inflation and the Earliest Moments in Time (Chapter 20)

  • None

 

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