AST142 -- Elementary Astrophysics

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.

Class Hours: Tues and Thurs 11:05-12:20 B&L 407

Prof:     Eric Blackman, Bausch &Lomb 417,  blackman@pas.rochester.edu

     Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2pm

TIs:     Alexandra Kuznetsov (akuznet2@u.rochester.edu);

     Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00pm to 4:30pm and Fridays from 1:30pm to 3:15pm in Room B&L 203H

TIs:     Ruka Murugan (s.murugan@rochester.edu)  

     Office Hours: Mondays 11-noon; Fridays 1-2pm; or by appt. in Room B&L 203H

Office Hours:

Textbooks:

The required course textbook is: "Foundations of Astrophysics" by Barbara Ryden \& Bradley Peterson

Another book of interest, also on reserve in PoA Library:

"An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" (Carroll and Ostlie)

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Syllabus

The syllabus and order of topics to be covered is below: (Subject to adjustments as course proceeds.)

Early Astronomy and Basic Orbital Mechanics

Chapter 1

Chapter 2: sections 2.5, 2.6

Chapter 3: sections 3.3, 3.4

Radiation and its Interaction With Matter and Detection of Radiation

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Stars

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

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Coursework:

(1) Approximately 8 problem sets (each counted equally and together a total of 25% of final grade)

(2) Two in-classroom exams (each are 37.5% of final grade) March 8th, May 1st

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Problem Sets:

All Homework to be turned into the course locker next to Room B&L 104 by 6pm on the due date shown

Homework Set 1: Due Friday Jan 27:

Book Problems: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8

Set 1 Solutions

Homework Set 2: Due Feb 10

Book Problems 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

Set 2 Solutions

Homework Set 3: Due Feb 24

Book Problems 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7

Set 3 Solutions

Homework Set 4: Due, Fri Mar 23

Book Problems 13.1, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 13.6, 13.7, 13.8

Set 4 Solutions

Homework Set 5: Due April 9th

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

Set 5 Solutions

Homework Set 6: Due Tues, April 24

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

Set 6 Solutions

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Exams