PHYS 321 - Astronomy & Astrophysics II Spring 2019



Course Information

  • Instructor: Prof. Bin Chen
  • Email: bin.chen at njit dot edu
  • Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 02:30 pm—03:50 pm
  • Classroom: Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 203
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 01:00-02:00 pm, in Tiernan Hall Room 101
  • Textbook: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd Edition, Carroll & Ostlie (same textbook as Phys 320).
  • Homework: Assigned approximately every week. Collected at the beginning of the lecture in the following week.
  • Exams: Two in-class exams and one final exam.
  • Grades: Your grade will be based on your homework (20%), class participation and presentations (20%), two in-class exams (15% each, 30% total), and final exam (30%).
  • Syllabus: Download PDF

Course Schedule and Lecture Notes

(subject to change during the semester; please check regularly)

WEEKS

TOPICS

TEXT STUDIES

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1:       1/21 Light, Blackbody Radiation, and Color Index Chapt 3, Section 3, 4, 5, 6

PS #1; Due Jan 31
Week 2:       1/28 The Interaction of Light and Matter

Chapt 5

PS #2; Due Feb 7

Week 3:       2/4

Stellar Spectra and H-R Diagram

Chapt 8

PS #3; Due Feb 14

Week 4:       2/11

Stellar Atmosphere

Chapt 9 N/A

Week 5:       2/18

Stellar Atmosphere (cont'ed)

Chapt 9

PS #4; Due Feb 26

In-class Exam #1  Feb 26/Tu

Topics in Weeks 1-5

Week 6:      2/25

Stellar Interiors Chapt 10 N/A

Week 7:      3/4

Stellar Interiors (cont'ed) Chapt 10 PS #5; Due Mar 14

Week 8:      3/11

Stellar Evolution

Chapts 12.2, 12.3, 13, 15

PS #6; Due Mar 28

Week 9:      3/18

Spring Break. No class

Week 10:      3/25

Stellar Remnants

Chapts 16, 17

N/A

In-class Exam #2  Apr 9/Tu

Topics in Weeks 6-10

Week 11:      4/1

Stellar Remnants (cont.)

Chapt 16, 17 PS #7; Due Apr 9

Week 12:      4/8

The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapt 24 PS #8; Due Apr 23

Week 13:      4/15

Nature of Galaxies Chapt 25, 26 N/A

Week 14:      4/22

Large-Scale Structures, Big Bang Chapt 27, 29 PS #9; Due May 2

Week 15:      4/29

Presentations: (4/30) Dichiara (Mars), Maurer/Panchhi (Binaries), Grajales/Daniels (Neutron Stars);
(5/2) MacKelvey/Nemati (Galaxies), Bronicki/Lomuscio (Black Holes)
Final Exam:   
May 13 8:30-11:00 AM, CKB 220

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