ASTR 111 Fall 2013 Introduction to Astrophysics (Q)

How do stars work? This course answers that question from start to finish. In this course we undertake a survey of some of the main ideas in modern astrophysics, with an emphasis on the observed properties and evolution of stars; this course is the first in the Astrophysics and Astronomy major sequences. It is also appropriate for students planning to major in one of the other sciences or mathematics, and for others who would like a quantitative introduction that emphasizes the relationship of contemporary physics to astronomy. Topics include radiation laws and stellar spectra, astronomical instrumentation, physical characteristics of the Sun and other stars, star formation and evolution, nucleosynthesis, white dwarfs and planetary nebulae, pulsars and neutron stars, supernovae, relativity, and black holes. Observing sessions include use of the 24-inch and other telescopes for observations of stars, nebulae, planets and galaxies, as well as daytime observations of the Sun.
Class Format: lecture/discussion, observing sessions, and five labs per semester
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, two hour tests, a final exam, lab reports, and an observing portfolio
Additional Info: to be eligible for the Gaudino grade, which stipulates "intellectual presence," a student must demonstrate commitment to engaging the course material in all its aspects: lectures, reading, quizzes, observing, homework, and exams
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Prerequisites: a year of high school Physics, or concurrent college Physics, or permission of instructor, and MATH 140 (formerly 104) or equivalent
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: 28
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1014
ASTR111-01(F) LEC Introduction to Astrophysics (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Karen B. Kwitter
, Steven P. Souza
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Physics 203 1014
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