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Introduction to Astrophysics I.

Fall 2017

This course provides a physics-based, mathematical introduction to the astronomy of stars, stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), interstellar matter, and the Milky Way (our galaxy). It is intended primarily for Astronomy, Astronomy-Physics, and Physics majors. Topics which are covered include: orbital motions; coordinate systems: telescopes; emission and absorption of radiation; the observed properties of stars; the Sun; stellar interiors; stellar spectra; binary stars; the life and death of stars; general relativity; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; interstellar matter; and the Milky Way, our galaxy.

The Center of the Whirlpool Galaxy from the Hubble Space Telescope
Whirlpool Galaxy

Class Announcements


The Cat's Eye Planetary Nebulae from the Hubble Space Telescope
Planetary Nebula

Class Handouts

Class Lecture Notes

The Center of the Antennae Merging Galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope
Antennae Galaxies


Test #1

Test #2


Ryden and Peterson, Foundations of Astrophysics, ISBN-13: 978-0321595584, Addison-Wesley.

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MAP Image of Heat Radiation from the Early Universe
MAP Image

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