Instructor: Eugene Chiang
Office: Hearst Field Annex D29B
Phone: 701-5996 (email is preferable)
Class Time and Place: Tue/Thur 12:30-2:00 in 3 EvansGraduate Student Instructors:
TALC is held Wed 5-7 PM in HFA B1 starting Wed Jan 22.
Historically, students who attend TALC regularly do better in the course. However, it is crucial that you actively participate in TALC, and not just copy or passively absorb the answers to HW questions from others. Towards this end, you must start the HW problems before you come to TALC.Class Home Page: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~echiang/Astro7B/7B.html
Homeworks, solutions and other course material will be posted on the website regularly.
Text: Choose one (or both) of the following:
Readings from Ryden and Peterson (RP) are scheduled for every lecture day. Please keep up.
Readings from Carroll and Ostlie (CO) are scheduled for every lecture day. Please keep up.Optional Text:
course continues the survey of introductory astrophysics
begun in Astro 7A, emphasizing the application of basic physics to the
understanding of astronomical objects. We treat
interacting binaries; tides; accretion disks; black holes;
gravitational lensing; and galaxies. We conclude with cosmology:
the content and evolution of the universe at large.
Lecture topics (see below) will follow some of the text by RP and CO,
but will sometimes diverge. The presentation will differ
from the textbook.
Physics 7A & 7B (7B may be taken concurrently).
This course uses calculus, vectors, and scientific
notation (10nx10m=10m+n). If you think you would
prefer a less mathematical introduction to astronomy,
consider taking Astro 10.
FIELD TRIP (optional): Toward the end of the course, we will tour Aaron Parson's experimental cosmology lab.
is due at 11:30 am Thursday starting Jan 30. It should be placed in the
special boxes inside Hearst Field Annex Building B, in the front office (walk to your left upon entering). The boxes will be marked Astro 7B with the
appropriate sections. Do not place your homework in any of the other
boxes which are for Astro 10. The homework will be picked up by the
grader soon after 11:30 am Thursday. Late homework will not be
If you miss an exam you
receive zero credit for that portion of the course grade. No
make-up exams will be given. If you miss the
final exam for a good and well-documented
reason, your grade will be an Incomplete.
Exam Dates (midterms are held in class unless
Write your name and section (and date & time) on each homework and please staple your sheets together.
Please start the homework questions yourself, independently of other students.
If, after serious effort, you remain unsure of how to proceed, you are welcome to discuss the homework with classmates or instructors. Under all circumstances, the answers must be written up individually.
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If you miss an exam you will receive zero credit for that portion of the course grade. No make-up exams will be given. If you miss the final exam for a good and well-documented reason, your grade will be an Incomplete.
Exam Dates (midterms are held in class unless otherwise noted):