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 first Test will be Monday, February 25, in class.
The test will use the entire class period.
Please bring pencils and paper.
During the test, you will not be allowed to use the text, your notes, or
any other written materials.
You will be allowed to bring one 3x5 index card with equations
written on it.
You will be required to know the values of the following five astronomical
the Astronomical Unit (AU);
the parsec (pc);
the Solar mass
the Solar radius
the Solar luminosity
These quantities cannot be given on your index card.
You are encouraged to bring and use a calculator.
Of course, you will not be allowed to consult any other person, except
for your instructor.
The test will cover material on
Basic Stellar Properties,
Stellar Spectra and Atmospheres,
This includes material in the text in Chapters 7, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 18,
and Sections 19.3, and 23.3.
The test will include material which was on the first
The test will consist of quantitative and qualitative problems.
The quantitative problems will be similar to the homework problems.
The qualitative problems will be
fill in the blank.
(No essay questions.)