Fall Term Schedule, Astronomy
Fall 2022
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

ASTR 10501
Adam Frank
TR 2:00PM  3:15PM


In this course we introduce students to our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and use the structure and contents of this normal galaxy to illustrate the origins of stars like the Sun, the origins of the chemical elements from which we are formed, and the evolution of galaxies through the life of the Universe. The emphasis in the presentation is on the descriptive astronomy and the physical principles describing the operation of the various celestial objects, with a minimum of mathematical detail.


ASTR 10502
Adam Frank
T 3:25PM  4:40PM


No description


ASTR 10503
Adam Frank
W 4:50PM  6:05PM


No description


ASTR 10504
Adam Frank
W 3:25PM  4:40PM


No description


ASTR 10505
Adam Frank
R 4:50PM  6:05PM


No description


ASTR 11101
Dan Watson
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


A study of the the structure and composition of the individual planets and smaller solarsystem bodies, the orbital dynamics and overall structure of the Solar system and its contents, and the formation of planetary systems like ours. Designed for firstyears who intend to major in science or engineering, the course involves the use of ideas learned in mathematics and physics courses taken concurrently or in high school, such as singlevariable calculus, Newton's laws of motion and gravity, and the idealgas law. The course also includes a nighttime observing project taking CCD images of planets and their satellites using the Mees Observatory 24inch telescope.Typical textbook: 'Fundamental Planetary Science: Physics, Chemistry and Habitability' by Jack J. Lissauer & Imke de Pater


ASTR 1112
Dan Watson
F 2:00PM  4:40PM


No description


ASTR 1113
Dan Watson
R 2:00PM  4:40PM


No description


ASTR 1114
Dan Watson
R 6:15PM  8:55PM




ASTR 23101
Eric Blackman
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


Introduction to special & general relativity with applications to astrophysics & cosmology. A thorough study of special relativity & then on general relativity. The discussion of the latter begins with the connection between geometry and physics, the equivalence principle, and presentation of the metrics (the solutions to the Einstein field equation) for simple geometries. We will discuss first the sphericallysymmetric (Schwarzschild) solution as an intro. to spacetime warping in strong & weak gravity; the basic physics of orbits around black holes; the connection of black holes & accretion disks; use the emergent concepts to understand astronomical objects that contain BHaccretion disk combinations, such as Xray binaries & active galactic nuclei. Discussion on the effect of black hole rotation on the metric. Gravitational lensing will be introduced; homogeneous & isotropic (RobertsWalker) solution, & apply this metric cosmology & the largescale structure of the universe.


ASTR 39101
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Independent study project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Registration for Independent Study courses needs to be completed thru the instructions for online independent study registration. 

ASTR 393W01
Adam Frank
–


Completion of an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course includes a writing component and can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement. 

ASTR 39501
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Independent study project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Registration for Independent Study courses needs to be completed thru the instructions for online independent study registration. 
Fall 2022
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

Monday and Wednesday  
Tuesday  
ASTR 10502
Adam Frank


No description 

Tuesday and Thursday  
ASTR 23101
Eric Blackman


Introduction to special & general relativity with applications to astrophysics & cosmology. A thorough study of special relativity & then on general relativity. The discussion of the latter begins with the connection between geometry and physics, the equivalence principle, and presentation of the metrics (the solutions to the Einstein field equation) for simple geometries. We will discuss first the sphericallysymmetric (Schwarzschild) solution as an intro. to spacetime warping in strong & weak gravity; the basic physics of orbits around black holes; the connection of black holes & accretion disks; use the emergent concepts to understand astronomical objects that contain BHaccretion disk combinations, such as Xray binaries & active galactic nuclei. Discussion on the effect of black hole rotation on the metric. Gravitational lensing will be introduced; homogeneous & isotropic (RobertsWalker) solution, & apply this metric cosmology & the largescale structure of the universe. 

ASTR 11101
Dan Watson


A study of the the structure and composition of the individual planets and smaller solarsystem bodies, the orbital dynamics and overall structure of the Solar system and its contents, and the formation of planetary systems like ours. Designed for firstyears who intend to major in science or engineering, the course involves the use of ideas learned in mathematics and physics courses taken concurrently or in high school, such as singlevariable calculus, Newton's laws of motion and gravity, and the idealgas law. The course also includes a nighttime observing project taking CCD images of planets and their satellites using the Mees Observatory 24inch telescope.Typical textbook: 'Fundamental Planetary Science: Physics, Chemistry and Habitability' by Jack J. Lissauer & Imke de Pater 

ASTR 10501
Adam Frank


In this course we introduce students to our home galaxy, the Milky Way, and use the structure and contents of this normal galaxy to illustrate the origins of stars like the Sun, the origins of the chemical elements from which we are formed, and the evolution of galaxies through the life of the Universe. The emphasis in the presentation is on the descriptive astronomy and the physical principles describing the operation of the various celestial objects, with a minimum of mathematical detail. 

Wednesday  
ASTR 10504
Adam Frank


No description 

ASTR 10503
Adam Frank


No description 

Thursday  
ASTR 1113
Dan Watson


No description 

ASTR 10505
Adam Frank


No description 

ASTR 1114
Dan Watson


Friday  
ASTR 1112
Dan Watson


No description 