|Professor||John P. Huchra||Observatory Pfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|TF||James Battat||Observatory Pemail@example.com|
|TF||Randall Cooper||Observatory Afirstname.lastname@example.org|
|JPH's Assistant||Katie Lynn||Observatory Pemail@example.com|
The class meets Monday + Wednesday 9:30-11:00 A.M.
in the Science Center, Room 309A (check for changes!).
First meeting Wednesday, February 2nd.
There will be a final exam and a mid-term research project instead of a mid-term exam.
The goal of this course is to provide astronomy and physics concentrators with a more advanced view of astrophysics which includes astrophysical processes and principles. We will do this by first covering relatively basic material but with an eye towards observational limitations and uncertainties. We will then cover a broad but selected set of topics that will range accross stellar evolution, star formation, the interstellar medium, cosmology and extragalctic astronomy. Rougly speaking a thurd of the course will be devoted to fundamentals, a third to stars and the interstellar medium and a third to galaxies and cosmology. Each week we will also discuss a current preprint available on the astrophysics preprint server and related to the topic of the lectures.
(Carroll & Ostlie unless noted)
|Introduction (2 lectures)|
|L01 Feb 2||---||The Philosophy of Astrophysics (and this Course!)|
|L02 Feb 7||---||Definitions, Units, Coordinates|
Astrophysical Laws (5 lectures)
|L03 Feb 9||---||Black-Body Radiation, Thermal Equilibrium||3.1 - 3.5|
|L04 Feb 14||---||Radiative Transport||9.1 - 9.3|
|L05 Feb 16||---||Radiative Transport, Opacity, Absorption, Emission||9.1 - 9.3|
|--- Feb 21||---||No class (Presidents' Day)||------||L06 Feb 23||---||Gravity: Conservations Laws, Orbits||2.1 - 2.4|
|L07 Feb 28||---||Gravity, Virial Theorem, Tides, Hydrostatic Equilibrium||2.1 - 2.4|
|L08 Mar 2||---||Stars: Basic Properties, Structure||10.1 - 10.4 & 10.6|
Stellar Physics (4 lectures)
|L09 Mar 7||---||Stellar Evolution, the HR Diagram||8.1 - 8.2|
|L10 Mar 9||---||Chemical Dependence and Evolution, First Light|
|L11 Mar 14||---||Midterm Observing Project|
|L12 Mar 16||---||Star Formation and Star Death
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes
|12.1 - 12.3 & 13.1 - 13.3
and Ch. 15, Ch. 16
Interstellar Medium (3 lectures)
|L13 Mar 21||---||Components of the ISM||12.1 - 12.3|
|L14 Mar 23||---||Heating and Cooling||12.1 - 12.3|
|--- Mar 28||---||No class (Spring Recess)||------|
|--- Mar 30||---||No class (Spring Recess)||------|
|L15 Apr 4||---||Gas Dynamics, Shocks and Magnetic Fields|
Cosmology (5 lectures)
|L16 Apr 6||---||Basic Principles of Cosmology||Ch. 27 and Ch. 28|
|L17 Apr 11||---||Models: Hot Big Bang||cont.|
|L18 Apr 13||---||Cosmological Parameters
Expansion rate (H0)
|--- Apr 18||---||Patriot's Day|
|L19 Apr 20||---||Dark Matter, Accelerating universe Inflation and Concordance Cosmology||cont.|
|L20 Apr 25||---||Large-Scale Structure, Backgrounds, Inflation||cont.|
Galaxies (4 lectures)
|L21 Apr 27||---||Structure: Ellipticals, spirals||23.2, 23.4|
|L22 May 2||---||The Milky Way: Rotation curves, density waves||23.3 and Shu Ch. 12 (p. 275)|
|L23 May 4||---||Populations and Evolution||23.4|
|L24 May 9||---||Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)||Ch. 26|
|Reading Period Begins|
|May 11||---||Exam Review|
Remember!! There will be a Final Exam on Friday, May 27th in Boylston 103
at 9:15:00 AM. Exams are 3 hours in length and will use bluebooks.
This is open notes, open book, calculators allowed.
Problem sets and their solutions will be posted on this website during the term.
We are preparing an observing project for the class which will used the
small telescope on the Science Center. It will be one of several
aimed at introducing students to observing and the reduction of
simple digital astronomical data.
ADS abstract service
Astrophysics Preprints From LANL
Solar Model fromBahcall et al '05
Basic Stellar Data
Recombination Coefficients for Hydrogenic Atoms
Distance Measures In Cosmology (PDF) by David Hogg, from astro-ph/9905116
John P. Huchra <firstname.lastname@example.org>