ASTR 3830 SECTION 001
TIME AND PLACE: MWF 10:00-10:50 Duane G131
INSTRUCTOR: Webster Cash
OFFICE: Duane F519 (tower) or ARL (Research Park, 303-492-4056)
HOURS: 9:00-9:30 and 10:45-11:15 MWF in Duane F519, or by appointment
TEXTS: Galaxies and Galactic Structure, D. Elmegreen,
Active Galactic Nuclei, B. Peterson, Cambridge University
Introduction to Cosmology, B. Ryden, AddisonWesley 2003
Texts will be placed on reserve in library if you don't
care to purchase them.
EXAMS: There will be a final research paper. There will be
no in-class exams.
HOMEWORK: There will be written homework assignments on a regular basis. They
will be graded and will count toward your course grade. Solutions will be distributed.
Doing these problems is the core of the course. By working through the problems you will
(hopefully) develop a sense of how astrophysics operates.
COURSE GRADE: Your final grade will be based on the sum of the final exam
or project (300
points), and homework (200 points). Thus the
maximum possible score will be 500 points. Grades will be assigned on a curve which will
be adjusted based on my experience in teaching this course before.
GOALS OF THIS COURSE:
I hope to impart a basic understanding of the physical principles that explain the nature
of the components of the universe. I also hope to show how it is that astrophysicists can
observe the heavens and deduce a great deal with relatively little information.
In the fall 3730 covered emission mechanisms and stellar structure, ending with a
discussion of the Milky Way. In this semester will we discuss the universe beyond our
galaxy. Topics will include galaxies, clustering of galaxies, active galactic nuclei,
cosmology, and the Big Bang.
We will make extensive use of freshman level physics and calculus. Material at a higher
level will be introduced and explained as needed.
Information about the course can be found at http://casa.colorado.edu/~wcash/APS3830/aps3830.htm
We will use the site extensively as the source of most of the information, including
problem sets and notes.