Office hours: All
undergraduates are required to attend office hours at least twice per
semester (once before and once after the midterm).
Course Description: This is a
general course intended to introduce
quantitative astronomy and astrophysics to students with a
physical-sciences background. A background in calculus-based
physics is required. This semester is focused on core concepts
in stellar structure and evolution including:
Course Textbook: The
Physics of Stars
, 2nd edition, by A. C. Phillips (Second Edition, Wiley, 1999)
Problem sets (weekly): 50%; grade will be best 10 of 11 problem
Midterm exam: 20%
Final exam: 30%
You are encouraged to discuss the problem sets with each other
not allowed to copy each other.
The mid-term will be an in-class,
closed-book exam of 1 hour duration (only
The final exam will be a closed-book exam of 2 hours duration (only
calculator allowed). It will be at 7:30am on Thursday, Dec. 22
For both exams, formula/constant sheets will be provided.
Graduate Component: Students
registered for Physics 903 will have an extra numerical problem on
each problem set. This is required for graduate students. The result
will need to be emailed separate to email@example.com, with the email containing the source code (C, Matlab, or python) and the resulting plot(s). For undergraduates this problem will be extra credit.