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.
As noted in the syllabus, any late homeworks must be turned in by
Wednesday, May 1 in my mailbox.
Late homeworks count for a maximum of 50% of their regular credit unless
The Final Exam will be Thursday, May 2, 9 am to noon
in the classroom, ASTR 265.
Please bring pencils, paper, and a calculator.
During the test, you will not be allowed to use the text, your notes, or
any other written materials.
Of course, you will not be allowed to consult any other person, except
for your instructor.
You can bring three 3x5 index cards, each with both sides having
The first two cards can be those from Tests 1 & 2.
The final exam will be cumulative; that is, it will cover
material from the entire semester.
This involves material from
Stars and the Sun to Cosmology
Chapters (5), 7, 13-24
There will be some extra emphasis on the material since the last test.
Clusters of Galaxies (problems)
AGNs (Chapt. 21)
Cosmology (Chapts. 23-24)
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 luminosity
You will also be expected to know
a reasonable value for
the Hubble constant in the conventional usits,
the current CMB temperature.
The test will consist of quantitative and qualitative problems.
The quantitative problems will be similar to the homework problems.
The qualitative problems will be short answer, multiple choice, or fill in
the blank questions.
(No essay questions.)
The multiple choice questions will be done on scantron sheets.
The Review Session for the Final Exam will be held on
Wednesday, May 1 at 10 am - noon
in ASTR 265 (the classroom).
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: