MODERN ASTROPHYSICS

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"Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."
-- Sir Arthur Eddington

Course InfoContacts
Number:  PHYS 5500
Title:  A Survey of Modern Astrophysics
Lectures:  MWF 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Room:  ENGR 204

Text: "An Introduction ot Modern Astrophysics", Carroll and Ostlie

Instructor:  Shane L. Larson
Office:  SER 236
Phone:  435-797-8838
eMail: 
Syllabus/Schedule (PDF)

Writing Rubric (PDF)

Term Projects (PDF)


Homework Assignments

Homework will be posted here, along with solutions.
AssignmentSolutions
Assignment 1 (PDF)
DUE: Fri Jan 20
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Writing 1 -- Your Legislator (PDF) | Resources
DUE: Wed Jan 25
Assignment 2 (PDF)
DUE: Fri Jan 27
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Writing 2 -- Using ADS (PDF)
DUE: Wed Feb 1
Assignment 3 (PDF)
DUE: Fri Feb 3
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Writing 3 -- Role Reversal (PDF) | Article at TIME (Local PDF capture)
DUE: Mon Feb 6
Writing 4 -- Devloping Proposals (PDF)
Example 1 | Example 2 | Example 3
DUE: Wed Feb 15
Exam 1 Equations/Guide (PDF) | Exam I, part II | Solutions (PDF)
Writing 5 -- Reading Scientific Papers (PDF)
DUE: Wed Feb 22
Assignment 4 (PDF)
DUE: Fri Feb 24
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Writing 6 -- Writing Nuggets (PDF)
DUE: Wed Feb 29
EXAMPLES: NS Oscillations | BH Initial Data | Pulsar Timing Noise | EMRI Orbits
Assignment 5 (PDF)
DUE: Fri Mar 2
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Writing 7 -- Technical Illustration (PDF)
DUE: Wed Mar 7
Assignment 6 (PDF)
DUE: MONDAY 19 March
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Exam 2 Equations/Guide (PDF) | Solutions (PDF)
Maple Assignment -- Galaxy Simulations (PDF) | Maple Worksheet Soln
DUE: WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL
Writing 8 -- Abstracts (PDF)
DUE: Wed Apr 4
Assignment 7 (PDF)
DUE: FRIDAY 13 April
SOLUTIONS (pdf)
Assignment 8 (PDF)
DUE: MONDAY 23 April
SOLUTIONS (pdf)

Lectures

Lecture 1 (9 Jan 2012): Principles of Astronomy
Notes 1 (PDF)
Lecture 2 (11 Jan 2012): Some Astronomy Basics
Notes 2 (PDF)
Lecture 3 (13 Jan 2012): Distribution Functions
Notes 3, p. 1-4 (PDF)
Lecture 4 (18 Jan 2012): Spectral Types
Notes 3, p. 5-6 (PDF)
Lecture 5 (20 Jan 2012): HR Diagram
Notes 3, p. 7-10 (PDF)
Lecture 6 (23 Jan 2012): Stellar Structure (Hydrostatic Equilibrium)
Notes 4, p. 1-3 (PDF)
Lecture 7 (25 Jan 2012): Stellar Structure (Kelvin Helmholtz)
Notes 4, p. 4-5 (PDF)
Lecture 8 (27 Jan 2012): Stellar Energy
Notes 5, p. 1-3 (PDF)
Lecture 9 (30 Jan 2012): Stellar Structure (with Maple)
Notes (PDF) | Maple Worksheet
Lecture 10 (1 Feb 2012): Stellar Energy
Notes 5, p. 3-4 (PDF)
Lecture 11 (3 Feb 2012): Nuclear Chains
Notes 5, p. 4-6(PDF); Notes 6, p. 1-2 (PDF)
Lecture 12 (6 Feb 2012): Stellar Old Age
Notes 6, p. 2-4 (PDF)
EXAM 1 (10 Feb 2012)
SOLUTION (PDF)
Lecture 13 (13 Feb 2012): HR Diagram, Evolution
Notes 6, p. 5-7 (PDF)
Lecture 14 (15 Feb 2012): HR Diagram, Cluster Evolution
Notes 6, p. 7-8; (PDF) | Notes 7, p. 1-2 (PDF)
Lecture 15 (17 Feb 2012): White Dwarfs
Notes 7, p. 3-4 (PDF)
Lecture 16 (21 Feb 2012): White Dwarf Interiors
Notes 7, p. 5-7 (PDF)
Lecture 17 (22 Feb 2012): Neutron Stars
Notes 7, p. 6-12 (PDF)
Lecture 18 (24 Feb 2012): Orbits (with Maple)
Notes (PDF) | Maple Worksheet
Lecture 19 (27 Feb 2012): Geometry of Orbits
Notes 8, p.1-3(PDF)
Lecture 20 (29 Feb 2012): Mass Function in Binaries
Notes 8, p.4-5(PDF)
Lecture 21 (2 Mar 2012): The Kepler Equation
Notes 8, p.6(PDF)
Lecture 22 (5 Mar 2012): Intro to Gravitational Waves
Notes 9, p.1-3(PDF)
Lecture 23 (7 Mar 2012): Gravitaitonal Wave Detectors
Notes 9, p.4-6(PDF)
Lecture 24 (9 Mar 2012): Gravitaitonal Wave Sources
Notes 9, p.6-8(PDF)
Lecture 25 (19 Mar 2012): Moth -- Day 1
Idea based on The Moth in New York
Lecture 26 (21 Mar 2012): Moth -- Day 2
Idea based on The Moth in New York
EXAM 2 (23 Mar 2012)
SOLUTION (PDF)
Lecture 27 (26 Mar 2012): Galaxies -- History
Notes 10, p.1-6(PDF)
Lecture 28 (28 Mar 2012): Galaxies -- Distance Ladder
Notes 10, p.6-9(PDF)
Lecture 29 (30 Mar 2012): Moth -- Day 3
Idea based on The Moth in New York
Lecture 30 (2 Apr 2012): Galaxy Morphology (with Maple)
Notes (PDF) | Maple Worksheet
Lecture 31 (4 Apr 2012): Galaxies -- Missing Mass & Halo
Notes 10, p.10-14(PDF)
Lecture 32 (6 Apr 2012): Galaxies -- Dark Matter & Black Holes
Notes 10, p.15-17(PDF), Notes 11, p.1(PDF),
Lecture 33 (9 Apr 2012): Black Holes -- Candidates
Notes 11, p.2-5(PDF)
Lecture 34 (11 Apr 2012): Black Holes -- Quasars
Notes 11, p.6-8(PDF)
EXAM 3 (DUE: 3:20pm, 2 May 2012)
SOLUTION (PDF)
Below are my summary notes, being posted as they are written, and not numbered in accordance with lectures!
notes 1 (PDF): Principles of Astronomy
notes 2 (PDF): Some Astronomy Basics
notes 3 (PDF): Basic Star Properties
notes 4 (PDF): Stellar Physics
notes 5 (PDF): Stellar Energy
notes 6 (PDF): Stellar Lives
notes 7 (PDF): White Dwarfs/Neutron Stars
notes 8 (PDF): Binaries
notes 9 (PDF): Gravitaitonal waves
notes 10 (PDF): Galaxies
notes 11 (PDF): Black Holes
notes 12 (PDF): Cosmology