
SYLLABI & SCHEDULES
Physics of Astronomy  updated 30.March.2004


Here is an overview of our plans each quarter. Syllabi may
shift in response to student needs. Check the weekly Lecture
Notes for homework assignments. Check the HW +
Help link for details and updates on specific assignments. Seminar Syllabus. Astronomy & Cosmology

weekend

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

morning

 read
 meet teams
 post P+Q
 do HW

prep 
prep 
 read
 meet teams
 post P+Q
 do HW
(4:00: solar physics research)

911 optional piloting workshop 
Research projects
HW
minilecture prep

afternoon

1:004:30 Physics, Lab II
2242 
1:004:30 Astronomy,
Lab II CAL 
4:005:30 Physics, Lab II
2242 
evening


5:006:30 Seminar on Cosmologies Lib 4004 
6:009:00 Astronomy,
Lab II CAL
79: Cel.
Nav. workshops
910: OBSERVE

5:006:00: office hours in Lab II 2272
or fishbowl 
5:006:30 Seminar on Astronomy, Lib 4004 



Relationships between spring quarter's linked programs:
Advanced students will continue in Physics of
Astronomy (PA) in spring for 16 credits. This includes Science
Seminar and your help in some Astronomy classes. You are not required
to attend the green times.
New students will participate in the spring Astronomy
& Cosmology (AC) program for 16 credits. This includes
Seminar and Celestial Navigation. You do not attend the yellow times.
All students in PA and AC will participate in Science Seminar,
which is also open to other students for 4 or 8 credits. Science
Seminar students only need attend the orange times.
OPTIONAL: Students from the 16credit spring program, Working the
Waters, are invited to join us for Celestial Navigation
workshops (a regular part of Astronomy) every Tuesday night for an
extra 2 cr. Astronomy students are invited to join Working the Waters
for Piloting workshops every Thursday morning for an extra 2
cr.

weekend

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

earlier

 read
 meet teams
 post P+Q
 do HW

prepare 
prepare 
 read
 meet teams
 post P+Q
 do HW
3:00: research
team in Lab II 3270

prepare 
Research projects
HW
minilecture prep

1:005:00

Physics of Astronomy, Lab
II 2242 
Physics of Astronomy, Lab
II 2242 
Physics of Astronomy, LIB
2126 
5:007:00

Seminar: books (WebX)
LIB 2221 
56: office hours in CAB Lab II
2270 
Seminar: journals (WebX)
LIB 2221 
Read: Most scientists skim on the first reading
of very new material, with unfamiliar language and concepts. Get the
big picture when you skim, look at the pictures (read figure captions),
and be alert for connections to other things you are studying. Then do
a thorough second reading before class. Work through key derivations
on the third reading, which can be after class unless you are doing
a minilecture on the material.
HW is homework, which will be due different days of the
week, depending on our material. HW assignments and hints will be
posted on WebX.
Minilectures are short presentations or workshops given
by students to the class, individually or in teams. We will use a
variation of Jigsaw Learning and Learning
Through Discussion techniques. Your prof will guide team choices of
materials. When it is your team's turn, please prepare a legible
onepage handout for all class members, and either an electronic
presentation or overhead transparencies of your notes. Secretaries Ruth
and Pat (Lab II Rm 2250) can help you make copies and transparencies,
with 2 hours advance notice. (Remember to thank them.) On Thursdays in
Lib 2126, you can use the display projector without transparencies.
P+Q are Points and Questions, which you will post to
WebX. You will have P+Q assignments for both the Science and the
Seminar part of this program.
Teams are small groups of classmates. Three or four is a good
size.
Prepare for your team meeting:
 Finish the reading assignment, taking notes in
your notebook and/or text margins. Investigate other texts or online
resources if you have time and motivation. Note connections with other
program material.
 Summarize key points of your reading, in
writing.
 Articulate questions large and small, from
simple questions of fact, to deeper questions of meaning and
connections. Write them down, complete with references to pages,
equations, or figures, so you and your team can take a deeper look at
them.
 Do as much of your homework as you can on your own.
 Complete any other preteam assignments.

Do with your team:
 Discuss the reading. If you loved it or hated
it, vent now, so you can concentrate on the actual content in class.
What's interesting? How does it relate to other material?
 Discuss your summaries, and choose 3 key
points about the reading to share in class. Reference relevant pages,
equations, or figures, always.
 Discuss your questions. Answer each other's
simple questions, e.g. about notation or definitions.
 Choose 3 key questions that you agree you would like
addressed in class.
 Post your group's 3 key points and questions
on WebX.
 Work on homework and any other assignments together.

Physics of Astronomy OVERVIEW
(both quarters: approximately two weeks per Astrophysics chapter)

ASTROPHYSICS
Carroll & Ostlie (CO)
(chapters to be covered thoroughly)

ASTRONOMY
Freedman
& Kaufmann
(supporting chapters)

PHYSICS
Giancoli, Griffiths (EM)
(supporting chapters  some optional)

MATHEMATICS
Boas, Spiegel
(some key techniques required by CO)

1. The Celestial Sphere 
Ch.12 

sphericla trigonometry 
2. Celestial Mechanics 
Ch.34 
Classical Mechanics

differential equations, cross products

3. The continuous spectrum of Light 
Ch.5 
EM, Giancoli 3536

exponential, logarithms

5. The Interaction of Light + Matter 
Ch.6 
EM, Giancoli 3334, 3840

partial derivatives

9. Stellar Atmospheres 
Ch.1821 
Giancoli 1720, 38

solid angles, 3D integrals, dot products

10. Stellar Interiors 
Ch.2224 
Giancoli 7, 8, 12, 13, 4244:
Equilibrium, fluids, energy, nuclear

differential equations

11. The Sun 
Ch.18 
EM, Giancoli 2730, 32

vector calculus

25. Structure of the Universe 
Ch.2527 
Giancoli Ch.45


27. Cosmology 
Ch.2829 
Giancoli Ch.45 
differential equations


Homework is required for Astrophysics, and recommended for Universe and Giancoli.
SPRING 
ASTROPHYSICS
Carroll & Ostlie (CO)

ASTRONOMY
Freedman
& Kaufmann

PHYSICS
Giancoli

MATHEMATICS
Boas

week 1 
review winter material, preview spring 
19: The Nature of Stars (36, 63)
20: The Birth of Stars (25, 30, 44)

17: Thermal (63 & repeat for Sun)

review differentiation 
week2 
CO.9: Stellar Atmospheres (#1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
7, 11 due Tuesday) 
21: Stellar Evolution (28, 29, 32, 45)
22: Deaths of stars (25, 26, 28, 33, 41, 44)

19: Heat (86, 87) 
review integration 
week3 
Read CO.10 except skim 3245, 3401, 10.5; skip 10.4 
18: Sun (HSE, fusion) (#2427, 2934)

13. Fluids; 16. Sound (#15); 42, 43: Nuclear 
5. Multiple integrals 
week 4 
CO.10: Stellar Interiors (1, 38, 11, 13, 14,
15, 16) 
23, 24: Neutron Stars, Black Holes

7: Energy
8: Escape velocity
FermiBose statistics p.1046

8.12 differential equations 
week 5 
CO.11: The Sun 
18: The Sun

12: Equilibrium 13: Fluids

8.3 differential equations 
week 6 
CO.11: The Sun 
25: Our Galaxy; 26: Galaxies

4243: Nuclear

8.4 differential equations 
week 7 
BREAK



8.5 differential equations 
week 8 
CO.25: Structure of the Universe 
28: Cosmology: The creation and fate of
the Universe 
45: Astrophysics & Cosmology

(8.5 differential equations) 
week 9 
CO.27: Cosmology 
29: Exploring our Early Universe 

8.6 differential equations 
week 10 
CO.27: Grand Finale 



eval week 
710 June (Graduation 11 June) 



WINTER 
Monday

Tuesday

Thursday

week 1 
5.Jan. Intro 
6.Jan. CO.1 Celestial Sphere 
8.Jan. Astro.12 
week2 
12.Jan. Synthesis; CO.1 HW due 
13.Jan. CO.2 Celestial Mechanics 
15.Jan. 
week3 
(19.Jan. MLK DAY) 
21.Jan. Astro ML 
23.Jan. Giancoli Gravity 
week 4 
26.Jan. Boas 
27.Jan. Synthesis; CO.2 HW due 
29.Jan. CO.3 Light 
week 5 
2.Feb. Giancoli Light, interference 
3.Feb. Astro ML  light 
5.Feb. Giancoli Thermal 
week 6 
9.Feb. EM 
10.Feb. EM 
12.Feb. Synthesis; CO.3 HW due 
week 7 
(16.Feb. PRESIDENT's day) 
(17.Feb. BREAK) 
(19.Feb. BREAK) 
week 8 
23.Feb. CO.5 Intrxn Light + Matter: overview, your research
planning minilectures 
24.Feb. Modern physics: Giancoli Ch.38 ML 
26.Feb. Bohr model and research planning 
week 9 
1.Mar. CO.5 ML and synthesis 
2.Mar. Boas Ch.4, partial differentiation, Giancoli 38 HW due

4.Mar. Boas ML, research planning, HW due on CO.5 
week 10 
8.Mar. CO.11: Sun overview; bring your portfolio for workshop 
9.Mar. Universe Ch.18 ML, HW due on Boas.4 
11.Mar. YOUR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS 
eval week 
Fri.12. and Mon.15.Mar. 
(no evals 16.Mar.) 

