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 |

Office: | Disque 815 |

Phone: | (215) 895-2709 |

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 |

- The course syllabus contains a complete discussion of course content and policies, as well as a list of topics to be covered.

- The Mid-term Examination will be held in class on Tuesday, February 13 (week 6). You will have 1 hour 15 minutes to complete it. It will be open book, open notes, and you will have a choice of questions.

- Week 1
- Week 2