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ASTR 3730: Astrophysics 1 Stellar and Interstellar http://jilawww.colorado.edu/~pja/astr3730/

Summary: ASTR 3730: Astrophysics 1 Stellar and Interstellar
TIME & PLACE: MWF 2:00 2:50, Duane G131
INSTRUCTOR: Phil Armitage
EMAIL: pja@jilau1.colorado.edu
OFFICE: JILA tower A909, phone 303 - 492 7836. My mailbox is on the second
floor of the tower, at the JILA reception.
AIMS OF THE COURSE: This course is the first part of yearlong introduction to
astrophysics. The goal is to show you how we can apply basic physical principles
(gravity, fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics etc) to understand the properties of
astronomical objects. The focus during this semester will be on stars and objects
within our own Galaxy, this will lead on to ASTR 3830 in the Spring which will
concentrate on extragalactic astrophysics. Ideally, by the end of the class you
should be able, when presented with a new and unfamiliar astronomical
situation, to start analyzing it quantitatively. For example, if told tomorrow that
`astronomers claim to have found the first planet in orbit around a black hole',
you ought to be able to work out if this is physically reasonable; think about
simple estimates you could do to assess the scenario; and have an idea how to
formulate more detailed versions of any problems this brings up.
CONTACTING ME: `Official' office hours are 3:00 4:00 pm Wednesday and


Source: Armitage, Phil - Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder


Collections: Physics