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  ASTR 200, Sep-Dec 2018

ASTR 200 , Frontiers of Astrophysics

This web page concerns ASTR 200 for the period : September - December 2018.


Professor Brett Gladman       Tel: (604) 822-6244
Room 300B, Hennings Building

Office Hours

You may ALWAYS email us to obtain a time for a private meeting.

Prof Gladman, Henn 300B. gladman@astro.ubc.ca
  - Mondays 1:30-2:30
  - Thursdays 2:30-3:30
  - By appointment. Email me!
TA Edward Ashton, Henn 312. eashton@phas.ubc.ca
  - Wednesday 3:30-4:30, ON DAYS BEFORE Homeworks DUE.
  - By appointment. Email him.


LOCATION: MWF, 12:00 - 13:00, Hennings 202

AIM: This course is an introduction to astrophysics. In it we will look at a broad range of astronomical topics ranging from the Solar System to the most distant galaxies, and learn how astronomical phenomena are governed by physical laws and principles.
The main goals of the course are to:
- provide an overview of the Universe and its constituents, including stars, planets, galaxies, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae, dark matter and black holes.
- improve your understanding of physical processes in astronomy.
- help you develop skills at applying physics and math to solve abstract and practical problems

Note: This course also serves as an introduction for ASTR 205 (Stars and Stellar Populations) which is offered in term two, and uses the same text book.

LEVEL: Second year undergraduate. No prior astronomy knowledge assumed
TEXTBOOK (Required): - Foundations of Astrophysics (Ryden and Peterson)
HOURS PER WEEK: Three hours of classroom instruction per week.

Lecture Slides (not for all lectures)

Sept 5 : Lecture 1 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 7. Pre-readings for Friday Sept 7: Sec 2.1 and 2.2; refer to Fig 1.7 when needed,
but also look at THIS FIGURE to see the path of Mars in 2018.
  Lecture 2 for ASTR 200. PDF format.       HOMEWORK 1 assigned, Due Sept 13, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Sept 10. Pre-readings for Monday Sept 10: Sec 2.3 and pp 58-59 on stellar parallax
  Lecture 3 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 12. Pre-readings for Wednesday Sept 12: Secs 2.4 and Sec 2.5, pp 61-63
  Lecture 4 on Keplerian motion. No notes. On blackboard.

Sept 14. Readings for Friday Sept 15: pp 68-73 and Sec 3.3 (skipping Eqs. 3.68-3.71)
  Lecture 5 on Astrodynamics. No notes. On blackboard.       HOMEWORK 2 assigned, Due Sept 20, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Sept 17. Readings for Monday Sept 17: pp. 194-196
  Lecture 6 on Intro to the Solar Sytem. PDF format. TO APPEAR

Sept 19. Readings for Wednesday Sept 19: Read pg 143, look at Figs 5.14 and 5.15, pp 194-197.
  Lecture 7. No notes; on board. Thermal radiation and planetary energy balance.

Sept 21. Readings for Friday Sept 21: Sects 5.0 and 5.1. Colour Figs 2 and 3 (plates in center of book)
  Lecture 8. Spectra and Atomic Structure . PDF file       NOT POSTED YET

Sept 24. Readings for Monday Sept 24: pp. 228-230, on radioactive decay. Also: page 286 on meteorites.
  Lecture 9. Meteorites and radioactive dating. PDF file       NOT POSTED YET

Homework Guidelines, for ASTR 200

- You may work with other students when figuring out how to approach/solve the problems, but you will then INDEPENDENTLY write up your exposition of the solution for each problem.

- The clarity and logic and quality of explanation of your solution is part of the grade. Handing in confusing and/or rough work will result in full marks not being awarded. The graders have the authority to decide if a proposed solution to a problem does not sufficiently explain how and why an answer has been reached.

Homework 1. PDF format.
Due Sept 13, 5 PM (see top of the homework page for instruction).

Homework 2. PDF format. TO APPEAR
Due Sept 20, 5 PM (see top of the homework page for instruction).
Optional Homework 2 text table. TXT format.