Spring 2012

This course will provide an introduction to fundamental principles and concepts in astrophysics, intended for students majoring in in physics and/or astronomy or for students with comparable physics and mathematics prequequsities.

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Class Hours: Tues and Thurs 11:05-12:20
B&L 407
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**Prof:
Eric Blackman, Bausch &Lomb 417, blackman@pas.rochester.edu**

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Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2pm
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**TIs:
Alexandra Kuznetsov (akuznet2@u.rochester.edu);
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Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:30pm and Fridays from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
in Room B&L 203H
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**TIs:
Ruka Murugan (s.murugan@rochester.edu) **

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Office Hours: Mondays 11-noon; Fridays 1-2pm; or by appt.
in Room B&L 203H
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**Textbooks:
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The required course textbook is:
"Foundations of Astrophysics" by Barbara Ryden \& Bradley Peterson
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Another book of interest, also on reserve in PoA Library:
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"An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" (Carroll and Ostlie)
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**Syllabus
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The syllabus and order of topics to be covered is below:
(Subject to adjustments as course proceeds.)
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**Early Astronomy and Basic Orbital Mechanics
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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2: sections 2.5, 2.6
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Chapter 3: sections 3.3, 3.4
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** Radiation and its Interaction With Matter and Detection of Radiation
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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** Stars
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Chapter 13
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Chapter 14
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Chapter 15
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Chapter 17
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Chapter 18
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**Coursework:**

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(1) Approximately 8 problem sets (each counted equally and together a total of 25% of final grade)
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(2) Two in-classroom exams (each are 37.5% of final grade)
March 8th, May 1st
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**Problem Sets:**

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All Homework to be turned into the course locker
next to Room B&L 104 by 6pm on the due date shown
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Homework Set 1: Due Friday Jan 27:
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Book Problems: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8
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Homework Set 2: Due Feb 10
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Book Problems 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7
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Homework Set 3: Due Feb 24
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Book Problems 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
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Book Problems 13.1, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 13.6, 13.7, 13.8

Homework Set 5: Due April 9th

Book Problems 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 15.1, 15.4, 15.9

Homework Set 6: Due Tues, April 24

Book Problems: 17.2, 17.3, 17.5, 18.1, 18.3, 18.5, 18.7

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**Exams**