The class meets M 2:00-3:00 pm, W 9:00-10:00 am, F 3:00-4:00 pm in 219 Cahill
The TA is graduate student
Rebecca Jensen-Clem (244 Cahill, x4351)
TA Office Hours: by arrangement with Rebecca (Becky).
Textbook: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Bradley
W. Carroll and Dale A. Ostlie.
This is available on reserve in the library, but if you plan on taking other courses in astronomy at any time in the future, this text is a highly recommended purchase.
The course syllabus and teaching schedule.
Grading will be based on weekly homework sets, an oral midterm, and a written closed-book final exam. On homeworks, you may collaborate with your classmates, but the work you turn in should be your own.
The TAs held a software tutorial for Matlab and Python during the second week of classes.
Problem sets will be roughly weekly.
PS 1 - due week of 20 January
PS 2 - due week of 3 February
(we may designate one or a few of the later problems as extra credit)
PS 3 - due week of 10 February
midterm info and questions
don't forget to sign up here for a time slot
PS 4 - due week of 24 February
* PS 5 - due 7 March *
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Broaden your horizons with the Astronomy Picture of the Day
Current images of the Sun
The meridian line applet that professor Hillenbrand mentioned in class
Get to know Planck's Law
Applet for the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
Applets from Cornell on stellar parallax, binary stars, and stellar evolution
The slides on telescopes / instruments that professor Hillenbrand showed in class
Astrophysical simulation of mass transfer in the famous system Algol .
Artist's rendition of the full evolution of a close, and later interacting, binary system.Last updated January 14, 2013 by LAH