PHYS 321 - Astronomy & Astrophysics II Spring 2018



Course Information

  • Instructor: Prof. Bin Chen
  • Email: bin.chen at njit dot edu
  • Class Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 am—12:55 pm
  • Classroom: Kupfrian Hall, Room 208
  • Office Hours: MW 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%), attendance and class participation (20%), two in-class exams (15% each, 30% total), and final exam (30%).
  • Syllabus: Download PDF

Course Schedule and Lecture Notes

WEEKS

TOPICS

TEXT STUDIES

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Week 1:       1/17 Stars: Distances and Magnitudes Chapt 3, Section 1, 2

N/A

Week 2:       1/22

Light, Blackbody Radiation, and Color Index

Chapt 3, Section 3, 4, 5, 6

ps #1; due Jan 29

Week 3:       1/29

The Interaction of Light and Matter

Chapt 5

ps #2; due Feb 7

Week 4:       2/5

Stellar Spectra and H-R Diagram

Chapt 8

ps #3; due Feb 14

Week 5:       2/12

Stellar Atmosphere

Chapt 9 ps #4; due Feb 28

Exam #1  2/19

Topics in Weeks 1-4

Week 6:      2/19

Stellar Atmosphere (cont'ed)

Chapt 9

N/A

Week 7:      2/26

Stellar Interiors Chapt 10 N/A

Week 8:      3/5

Stellar Interiors (cont'ed) Chapt 10

N/A

Week 9:      3/12

Spring Break. No class

Week 10:      3/19

Stellar Evolution

Chapts 12.2, 12.3, 13, 15

ps #5; due Mar 26

Week 11:      3/26

Stellar Remnants

Chapts 16, 17

ps #6; due Apr 2

Week 12:      4/2

Stellar Remnants (cont'ed);
Neutron Stars (Patel & Janiak);
Black Holes (Bamert & Bober);
Chapts 16, 17

ps #7; due Apr 9

Exam #2  4/9

Topics in Weeks 5-12

Week 13:      4/9

The Milky Way Galaxy

Chapt 24

ps #8; due Apr 23

Week 14:      4/16

Close Binary Star Systems;
Binary Systems (Hand & Kao);
Chapt 18

N/A

Week 15:      4/23

Nature of Galaxies

Chapt 25, 26

ps #9; due May 2

Week 16:      4/30

Large-Scale Structures; Big Bang Chapt 27, 29

 

Final Exam:   
5/7 2:30-5 pm, CKB 341

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