Segev BenZvi

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester


Spring 2017

AST 142: Elementary Astrophysics

Bausch and Lomb 407: Tu Th 11:05 - 12:20
Recitation: F 2:00 - 4:40

AST 142 covers celestial objects outside the Solar System. We discuss the formation and structure of stars, the structure and distribution of galaxies, and the origin and evolution of the Universe. The class meets twice per week for lectures and once weekly for a recitation. Students will also visit Mees Observatory to conduct observations when conditions allow.


The course textbook is Foundations of Astrophysics
Barbara Ryden (ISBN-10: 0321595580). Other useful texts include:

The course syllabus and lectures are available at

Past Courses

PHY 403Modern Statistics and the Exploration of Large Datasets
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
PHY 103The Physics of Music
Fall 2016
Fall 2015