Recitation topics, by week
(Times and locations of recitations live on the Contact page.)

Note: Homework sets 1-6 are due at 7PM Wednesdays, 16 and 30 September, and 21 October; Friday, 6 November; and Wednesdays, 25 November and 9 December. Exams 1-3 take place 11 AM-6 PM on 1 October, 10 November and 10 December, each accompanied by a review session the night before.

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Topics

31 August 2015  No recitations.
7 September 2015 Recitations Tu-Th; topics include the definition of Life, and the calculation of the ages of rocks using the two-mineral formula introduced in class. Help available on Homework #1.
14 September 2015 Recitations Tu-W; nuclear-chemical evolution of the Universe, interstellar molecules, molecular spectroscopy, and molecular clouds in the interstellar medium. Help available on Homework #1. Recitation Th: start next week's material
21 September 2015 Recitations Tu-Th; topics include the formation of stars and protoplanetary disks. Help available on Homework #2.
28 September 2015 Recitations Tu-W. Planets and moons, habitability and the calculation of temperatures of planets and moons in planetary systesm; detection of exoplanets. Help available on Homework #2 and the Practice Midterm. No recitation Th.
5 October 2015 No recitation Tu. Recitations W-Th: chemical evolution and the emergence of primitive life on habitable planets. Help available on Homework #3.
12 October 2015 Recitations Tu-Th: RNA World, the calculation of probabilities and time scales for development of long carbon chains, and alternatives to carbon-based life; help available on Homework #3
19 October 2015 Recitations Tu-Th: the possibilities for life elsewhere in our Solar system and the rest of the Universe. Help available on Homework #4.
2 November 2015 Recitations Tu-Th: biological evolution, geological evolution, and the emergence of species diversity and intelligence. Help available on Homework #4 and the Practice Exam.
9 November 2015 Recitations Tu-Th: the evolution of intelligence, and the emergence of civilization. Help available on Homework #5.
16 November 2015 Natural and human-made threats to civilization. Help available on Homework #5
23 November 2015 No recitations.
30 November 2015 Recitations Tu-Th: the future of life in the Solar system, and completion of the Drake equation. Help available on Homework #6.
7 December 2015 Recitation Tu-W: space travel, communication with extraterrestrial civilizations. Help available on Homework #6 and the Practice Exam. No recitations for the rest of eternity.