These notes give reading assignments for the second and third editions of Fraknoi's "Voyages Through the Universe". Odds are your instructor uses a different text and gives more or fewer exams, so the notes below are probably of little use for any other course. As a result, this page will eventually be deleted and any generally useful information moved to General Lecture Class Midterm Notes
Refer to General Lecture Class Midterm Notes
for information that is applicable to all of the exams. In particular, note that all exams are closed-book, closed-note tests. Although you are encouraged to thoroughly prepare for each exam, and to write out practice versions of the essay exams, you will not be allowed to use any notes while taking the exams.
The Final counts for half your semester grade. The material on the final is covered by Chapters 14 through 28 of Fraknoi's book. Concentrate on those topics which are dealt with in essay questions 9 through 15, as you will be asked three of those questions, word for word the same as shown on this website. You should also find it useful to refer to the web pages on The Sun
, Stars and Stellar Systems
, Stellar Evolution
, and Galaxies and the Universe
. Detailed breakdowns of each question are available by clicking the numeric links on the essay questions page. These detailed breakdowns are your best guide to what you should study.