Literature:Astrophysics, Decoding the Cosmos by J. A. Irwin, Wiley (click link to order) Office hours: Please see me after Monday and Wednesday lectures (room Stirling 202E) until 2 pm. TA: Ananthan Karunakaran (office hour Wednesdays 10.30 to 11.30 in room 358) Lectures: Mondays 9.30, Wednesdays 9.30 and Thursdays 10.30 in room Stirling 414 (50 minutes each)
First lecture: Thursday September 5th First Assignment: Monday Sep 16 Project observations: TBA (likely last week of Sept and first week of Oct) Autumn break: Oct 25 Project deadline: Dec 3 at 23.59 Final exam: December 16, 9am - noon, location:
Summary: This course assumes some basic knowledge of astronomical facts and terminology at the level introduced in Physics 216 as well as a basic knowledge of physics. It is assumed that the student is familiar with coordinate systems and has some understanding as to how distances, sizes, and masses in astronomy are obtained. The emphasis in this course is on the physical understanding of astronomical processes, especially with regards to radiation processes, with applications to real objects, as appropriate.
Evaluation: The course will be evaluated as follows: Assignments (8): 24% Observatory visit: 1% - we never had time for this, so this percent is moved over to the Project. Project: 25% - now 26 %. Final exam: 50%. NEW: The exam has been graded, and final grades are reported on Monday Jan 6 to the office.