The goal of this course is to understand the unifying principles of
physics that relate familiar phenomena on Earth to what goes on in the
larger universe. We will discuss the motions of the planets, gravity,
and the motions of the stars, and try to bring all of these concepts
together. We will also talk about how just a few simple physical laws
can predict the structure and evolution of stars. We will then
discuss energy transfer, radiation, and the detection of the most
distant galaxies, and finally the structure and evolution of the
universe itself. All in 10 weeks!
No prior knowledge of astronomy or astrophysics is assumed. Students who have taken "Survey of the Universe" may find some topics familiar, but this course will cover a number of very different topics, at a significantly higher level than PHYS 131. Knowledge of mechanics at the PHYS 101/PHYS 113 level is assumed, as is elementary differential and integral calculus. On a day to day basis, I expect you to come to class, ask questions, do the readings, and keep up with your homework. And, most importantly, if I discuss something you don't understand or you don't think you are adequately prepared for, please come see me.
|Instructor:||Prof. Steve McMillan|
|e-mail:||steve (at) physics.drexel.edu|
|Lectures:||Disque 919, Tu Th 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm|
|Office Hours:||Tu 3:30 - 4:30, or by appointment|
|Text Book:||D. Maoz, Astrophysics in a Nutshell, Second Edition|