PHYS 3305            INTRODUCTION TO ASTROPHYSICS                     FALL2009

 

Prof. Pinsky

 

SYLLABUS

 

Aug.   24  M  (Read Chap. 1 on your own) Review of Chap. 2—Mechanics

         26  W Chap. 3—Continuous Spectrum of Light (Review Chap 4 on your own)

         31  M  Chap. 5—Light and Matter I

Sep.    2    W  Chap. 5—Light and Matter II, and Chap. 7—Binary Systems

         7    M  Labor Day (NO CLASS)

         9    W  (Read Chap. 6 on your own) Chap 8—Classification of Stellar Spectra

         14  M  (NO CLASS-unless otherwise announced)

         16  W Review for Exam

         21  M  EXAM 1 (Chaps. 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8)

         23  W Chap. 9—Stellar Atmospheres I

         28  M  Chap. 9—Stellar Atmospheres II

         30  W Chap. 10—Stellar Interiors I

Oct.    5    M  Chap. 10—Stellar Interiors II

         7    W  Chap. 11—The Sun I

         12  M  Chap. 11—The Sun II

         14  W Chap. 12—The Interstellar Medium

         19  M  Chap.13—Main Sequence and Post Main Sequence Stellar Evolution

         21  W Chap. 14—Stellar Pulsation

         26  M  Review for Exam

         28  W EXAM 2 (Chaps. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14)

Nov.   2    M  Chaps. 15 & 16—Fate of Massive Stars + Degenerate Remnants of Stars

         4    W  Chap. 17— General Relativity & Black Holes

         9    M  Chap. 18— Close Binary Systems

         11  W Chaps. 24 & 25—The Milky Way + The Nature of Galaxies

         16  M  Chaps. 26 & 27—Galactic Evolution + The Structure of the Universe

         18  W Chap. 28—Active Galaxies

         23  M  Chap. 29—Cosmology

         25  W Thanksgiving Holiday (NO CLASS

         30  M  Chap. 30—The Early Universe

Dec.   2    W  EXAM 3 (Chaps. 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30)

 

Dec.   16  W FINAL EXAM (2:00-5:00 PM) (Comprehensive)

 

Text:  AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN ASTROPHYSICS 2 ed

(Carroll & Ostlie – Pearson-Addison Wesley)