ASTR 2120: Introduction to Astrophysics II

Semester
Spring
Year offered
2021

This course provides a physics-based, mathematical introduction to the astronomy of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Topics covered include: the observed properties of stars; stellar interiors; stellar spectra; binary stars; the Sun as a star; the life and death of stars; black holes; binary stars and X-ray sources; the interstellar medium; our Milky Way galaxy; other galaxies; clusters of galaxies; the large-scale structure of the Universe; active galaxies; the expanding universe; cosmology, the Big Bang, and the early Universe. It is intended primarily for Astronomy, Astronomy-Physics, and Physics majors.

Class Announcements:

This is the webpage is from the last time I taught this course, and will be updated before I teach it again.

Syllabus

Text:

Ryden and Peterson, Foundations of Astrophysics, ISBN-13: 978-1-108-83195-6, Cambridge University Press

Reading:

  • Basic Stellar Properties [Chapt. 13, pp. 307-321; Sect. 19.3, pp. 444-448]
  • Binary Stars [Chapt. 13, pp. 322-335]
  • The Sun [Review Chapt. 7]
  • Stellar Spectra [Chapt. 14, review Chapt. 5]
  • Stellar Structure [Chapt. 15]
  • Stellar Evolution [Chapt. 17, pp. 398-408]
  • General Relativity [Sect. 23.3]
  • The Death of Stars [Chapt. 18]
  • ** END OF MATERIAL FOR TEST 1 **
  • The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation [Chapt. 16, Sect. 17.1]
  • Our Galaxy, the Milky Way [Chapt. 19]
  • Normal Galaxies [Chapt. 20]
  • Clusters of Galaxies and the Extragalactic Distance Scale [Chapt. 22]
  • ** END OF MATERIAL FOR TEST 2 **
  • Active Galaxies and Quasars [Chapt. 21]
  • Cosmology - Observations [Chapt. 23.1]
  • Cosmology - Expansion and Standard Models [Chapt. 23]
  • Cosmology - History and Origin of the Universe [Chapt. 24]