ASTR1120H - INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Spring 2004

 

 

 

 

Professor: Loris Magnani Office: Physics 238 Phone: 542-2876

E-Mail: loris@hal.physast.uga.edu

Web Page: www.physast.uga.edu/~loris/astr1120h/prob.html

Class Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:15 PM in Physics 302

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 AM (or by appointment)

 

 

 

Textbook:

Stars, Galaxies, & Cosmology The Cosmic Perspective Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, & Voit (3rd Edition)

 

Exams: Two (2) exams during the semester - 30% each

Final Exam - May 4, 2004 - 40%

You are responsible for attending class to find out exactly when the mid-terms will be scheduled. The date and time of the final exam are scheduled by the University.

If you miss an exam, you will be allowed to make it up if you have a valid absence.

 

Letter Grades: We will follow the traditional system: A is for an average of 90.00 or above, B is for the range 80.00 89.99, C is for 70.00 79.99, D is for 60.00 69.99, and F is for any average below 60.00.

 

 

Problem Sets: 5-15 problems assigned each week, neither collected nor graded. However, you should feel free to come and discuss these problems with me if they give you trouble. Your incentive for doing the problems is that many similar problems will show up on the exams. Solutions will be posted on the web page.

 

LIST OF TOPICS AND READINGS

Week of

Jan. 4 - Handing out of syllabi Read Chapter 1

Jan. 11 - Blackbody Radiation Ch. 4

Jan. 18 - Basic Properties of Light Ch. 6

Jan. 25 - Special Relativity Ch. S2

Feb. 1 - General Relativity Ch. S3

Feb. 8 - The Sun Ch. 15

EXAM I

 

Feb. 15 - Stars: Basic Properties Ch. 16

Feb. 22 - Stellar Evolution Ch. 17

Feb. 28 - The Death of Stars Ch. 18

Mar. 7 - Spring Break

Mar. 14 - Our Galaxy Ch. 21

Mar. 21 - Galaxies in the Universe Ch. 20

EXAM II

 

Mar. 28 - Galaxy Evolution Ch. 21

Apr. 4 - Dark Matter Ch. 22

Apr. 11 - Cosmology: I Ch. 23

Apr. 18 - Cosmology: II Ch. 23

Apr. 25 - SETI Ch. 24

 

Reading Day (Friday, April 30th, 2004 )

 

 

FINAL EXAM (May 4th, 2004)