This course provides a physics-based, mathematical introduction to the
stars, galaxies, and the Universe.
Topics covered include:
the observed properties of stars;
the Sun as a star;
the life and death of stars;
binary stars and X-ray sources;
the interstellar medium;
our Milky Way galaxy;
clusters of galaxies;
the large-scale structure of the Universe;
the expanding universe;
the Big Bang,
and the early Universe.
It is intended primarily for Astronomy, Astronomy-Physics, and Physics majors.
The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation were covered last
semester by Mike. As a result, my lectures will be mainly a review.
You might want to look over Mike's lecture notes from last
semester. They are: