Astro Lab (ASTR:4850)

Spring 2020

The course is designed to acquaint students with telescopes and instruments and the basics of astronomical research. The course will cover hands-on use of computer-controlled instruments, observations with telescopes, and data reduction and analysis. Students will work in teams and write lab reports with the Online LaTeX Editor Overleaf.

  • Place: 655 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 6:30-9:20 Tuesday Night
  • Textbooks:
    • Handbook of CCD Astronomy, by Howell, 2nd Edition (2006)
    • Introduction to Astronomical Spectroscopy, by Appenzeller, 1st Edition (2013)
    • Practical Statistics for Astronomers, by Wall and Jenkins, 2nd Edition (2012)

Intro Astronomy I (ASTR:1771)

Fall 2019

This general education course is designed for science majors who wish to learn basic astrophysics from a quantitative perspective. The course includes an introduction to the physical principles needed to understand astronomical phenomena, such as laws of motion, gravitation, and radiation; astronomical instruments; the structure and evolution of the Solar System bodies; properties of exoplanets; and the search for life.

  • Place: 470 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 9:30-10:20 MWF
  • Textbooks:
    • Exploration of the Universe, by Abell, 2nd Edition (1969)
    • 21st Century Astronomy, by Blumenthal, Kay, and Palen, 6th Edition (2019)

Astrophysics II (ASTR:3772)

Spring 2019, Spring 2017

This is the second semester of the one-year upper level introductory Astrophysics course for juniors and seniors majoring in Physics & Astronomy. The topics for the Spring semester include post-main-sequence stellar evolution, stellar remnants, close binary stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, active galactic nuclei, galaxy evolution, and cosmology.

  • Place: 358 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 11:00-12:15 TTh
  • Textbook: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by Carroll and Ostlie, 2nd edition (2007)

Astrophysics I (ASTR:3771)

Fall 2018 (previous semesters: Fall 2016)

This is the first semester of the one-year upper level introductory Astrophysics course for juniors and seniors majoring in Physics & Astronomy. The topics for the Fall semester include celestial mechanics, radiative transfer, stellar structure and evolution, and star formation.

  • Place: 470 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 9:30-10:45 TTh
  • Textbook: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by Carroll and Ostlie, 2nd edition (2007)

Extragalactic Astronomy (ASTR:6782)

Fall 2017, Spring 2014

This graduate-level course reviews the observed properties of galaxies across the cosmic history and discusses observational techniques, analytical models, and numerical simulations astronomers use to understand galaxy formation and evolution.

  • Place: 358 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 9:30-11:45 Tues & Thur
  • Textbook: Galaxies in the Universe: an Introduction, by Sparke & Gallagher, 2nd edition

Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (ASTR:1070)

Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

This general education course is a survey of stars, galaxies, and the universe. Topics include the life cycles of stars, the diversity of galaxies, and the history, the structure, and the fate of the universe. High school algebra and geometry are used.

  • Place: LR1 Van Allen Hall
  • Time: 12:30-13:20 MWF
  • Textbook: Understanding Our Universe, by Palen, Kay, Smith, Blumenthal