Instructor: Prof.
Eliot Quataert
Office: 645
Campbell Hall
Phone: 642-3792
(email is preferable unless it's urgent)
E-mail: eliot{at}astro.berkeley.edu
Class time: 2:00-3:30, Tue and Thu, 110 Barrows
Office Hours:
TALC is held Tue 5-7 PM in 264 Evans & W 7-9 PM in 544 Campbell starting Tue. 9/4.
Based on previous experience, 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 need to try to start
the HW problems before
you come to TALC.
Class Overview: This
course provides an introduction to astrophysics, emphasizing the
application of simple physics to the understanding of astronomical
objects.
The course focuses on stars, their formation, structure, and evolution,
and their
"death" as compact objects -- white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black
holes.
Lecture topics will follow the text by Carroll & Ostlie (see
below),
though I often
present the material in a somewhat different way than the text.
Prerequisites:
Physics 7A & 7B (concurrent). This course uses math
extensively
-- scientific
notation (10^{n}x10^{m}=10^{m+n}),
algebra, and some calculus. If you think you would prefer a less
mathematical introduction to Astronomy, you
may want to consider taking
Astro
10.
Field Trip: There
will be a field trip to Lick
Observatory
on nearby Mt. Hamilton. This facility
contains a number of telescopes used by UC
astronomers in their research, including a 3m diameter
telescope and a fully robotic telescope (no
observer required). Date to be announced (a Sat or Sun).
Grading:
Homework
is due at 12 noon Friday starting 9/7. It should be placed in the
special boxes just
outside of 11 Campbell
Hall.
11 Campbell Hall is in the basement. To reach it, take the stairs
to the right of the elevators
(the elevators can be slow and congested). The appropriate box
will
be marked Astro 7A. Do
not place your homework in any of the other boxes which are for Astro
10.
Write your name and section
(date & time) on each homework and please staple your sheets
together.
The homework questions can be
discussed with your classmates but must be written up
individually.
Late homework will not be
accepted
(the homework will be picked up by the grader soon after 12PM
on Fridays). Your lowest
homework grade will, however, be dropped in determining your final grade.
If you miss an exam you
will
receive zero credit for that portion of the course grade. No
make-up
exams will be given. In
exceptional cases (e.g., you miss the exam because of a well-documented
medical problem), I will not
count a midterm when calculating the final grade. If you miss the
final exam for a very good
well-documented
reason, your grade will be an incomplete.
Exam Dates (midterms are held in class):
Course Topics: