
Introductory Astronomy &
Astrophysics 
by

Room: University 106 Prof. Dale E. Gary Office: Tiernan 403 Office Hours: W 10:0011:30 am Phone: (973) 6427878 email: dgary@njit.edu Course Web Page: http://web.njit.edu/~dgary/321 



Lecture 1 (W 01/17).Stars: Distances and Magnitudes  Chapter 11
Sections 3.13.2, 3.6 
Due 01/22: Ch 11, 3, 8, 10, 11 
Special Planetarium Visit (M 01/22). The Wonder of Astronomy, Positions on the Celestial Sphere  None  Due 01/29: HW#2, 1, 2, 3 
Lecture 3 (W 01/24, M 01/29). Blackbody Radiation and Quantization of Energy  Chapter 8, Section 8.6,
Chapter 11, Section 11.4 
Due 01/05: HW #3: 1, 2, 3, 4 
Lecture 4 (W 01/31). Interaction of Light and Matter  Chapter 8
Sections 8.18.2 
Due 02/05: Chapter 5: 5.10, 5.14, 5.15 & plotting exercise 
Lecture 5 (M 02/05). Classification of Spectra Boltzmann and Saha Equations.  Chapter 8, Section 8.28.4
Chapter 13, Section 13.2 
Due 02/12: Chapter 8: 8.1, 8.5 
Lecture 6 (W 02/07).
HertzsprungRussell
Diagrams and Structure of Spectral Lines
HR Diagram of stars within 25 pc 
Chapter 8, Section 8.5
Chapter 13, Section13.3 
Chapter 8/9: 8.15, 8.16, 9.27 
Lecture 7 (M 02/12) Test on Light, Atoms, and Spectra Stellar InteriorsI  Chapter 16
Section 16.1 
Handout #4: 1, 2 
Lecture 8 (W 02/14, M 02/19) Stellar InteriorsII  Chapter 16
Sections 16.116.2 
Chapter 10: 10.12 and
Handout #5: 1, 2 
Lecture 9 (W 02/21, M 02/26) The Sun  Chapter 10
Sections 10.110.4 
Handout #6: 1, 2 
Lecture 10 (W 02/28)Solar Activity, Interpl. Space, solar/terrestrial effects, heliosphere  Chapter 10
Sections 10.510.6 
Handout #7: 1, 2, 3 
Lecture 11 (M 03/05, W 03/08) Interstellar Medium and Formation of Protostars  Chapter 15
Sections 15.115.3 
Handout #8: 1, 2, 3, 4 
Spring Break
Lecture Number and Title  Reading Assignment  Homework Assignment 
Lecture 12 (M 03/19, W 03/21) Stellar Evolution  Chapter 16
Sections 16.316.4 
Handout #9: 1, 2, 3, 4 
Lecture 13 (M 03/26) Test on Stellar Interiors and Stellar Evolution White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Pulsars  Chapter 17
Sections 17.117.2 
Handout #10: 1, 2, 3, 4 
Lecture 14 (W 03/28) Black Holes  Chapter 17
Section 17.3 
Handout #11: 1, 2 
Lecture 15 (M 04/02) Stellar Pulsation  Chapter 18
Sections 18.118.4 
Handout #12: 1, 2 
Lecture 16 (W 04/04) Close Binary Star Systems  Chapter 18
Sections 18.518.6 
Chapter 17: 2, 11, 18 
Lecture 17 (M 04/09) The Milky Way GalaxyI  Chapter 19
Sections 19.119.4 
Handout #13: 1, 2 
Lecture 18 (W 04/11) The Milky Way GalaxyII  Chapter 20
Sections 20.120.4 
Handout #14: 1, 2 
Lecture 19 (M 04/16) The Nature of Galaxies  Chapter 21, all  Chapter 23: 7, 9 
Lecture 20 (W 04/18) The Structure of the Universe  Chapters 22 and 23, all  Chapter 25: 2, 13*, 14
*For numerical values, read pp 11251128 of text 
Lecture 21 (M 04/23) Test on Star Deaths and GalaxiesActive Galaxies  Chapter 24, all  Chapter 26: 17, 18 
Lecture 22 (W 04/25) Cosmology  Chapter 25, all  TBD 
Special Planetarium Visit (M 04/30) Intelligent Life in the Universe  None  None 
Final Exam  Through Chapter 25 