Syllabus  

 

Previous Exams:

Mid-term 2011

Mid-term 2010  

Mid-term I, 2007

 

Supplemental information: 

 

COSMOLOGY

History of the big bang (and its observational consequences)

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/gr/public/bb_pillars.html
 
 

An exploration of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image

Hubble Video
 
 

A short description of the Carbon-nuclear resonance and consequences for life:

http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/C/carbon.html

A good primer on the Anthropic principle:

http://www.anthropic-principle.com/primer.html

STELLAR EVOLUTION

The formation and evolution of stars

http://www.maa.mhn.de/Scholar/star_evol.html
 
 

Nucleosynthesis and the cosmic abundance of the elements:

http://www.maa.mhn.de/Scholar/star_evol.html
 
 

FORMATION/EVOLUTION OF SOLAR SYSTEM

A brief review of current theory regarding the formation of the solar system

http://www.nineplanets.org/origin.html

PREBIOTIC CHEMISTRY AND THE ORIGINS OF LIFE

Miller-Urey Chemistries

http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/Exobiology/miller.html

RNA-World

http://www.panspermia.org/rnaworld.htm
 

EVIDENCE FOR EARLY PRESENCE AND EVOLUTION OF LIFE ON EARTH

Our own Professor Awramik's lecture on paleobiochemistry

http://www.accessexcellence.com/bioforum/bf02/awramik/
 
 

The three domains of Life

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/life-01zm.html
 

Extremophiles

Life's diversity on earth

http://www.astrobiology.com/extreme.html

SETI

An overview of methods used in the ongoing search for extraterrestrial life.

http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/seti/