Astronomy 2211 - Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology (Spring 2017)

Instructor: Prof. Dominik A. Riechers
Location: Space Sciences Building (SSB) 105
Time: Tuesday & Thursday 11:40 am - 12:55 pm
   
Texts:

There is no compulsory textbook for this course. Exams and problem sets are based on the lecture notes.
The following, optional textbook is a good complement to the lecture notes:
(Optional but strongly recommended) Astronomy: A Physical Perspective (2nd edition) by Marc Kutner
This book can be found on reserve in the Cornell Library.

   
Lecture Schedule: The schedule, reading assignments, and due dates for problems sets are located here. This page will be updated on a regular basis.
Lecure notes, problem sets, and any additional details will be posted on Blackboard.
   
Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and Tuesday/Thursday after class (SSB 220; other times by appointment)
Final Exam: Thu, May 18, 2017, 2:00 pm (The time and location will be posted here as well.)
   
   

A2211 will cover the following broad topics:
- Cosmic Evolution from the Big Bang onwards
- Galaxy Structure, Formation & Evolution
- Stellar Death: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars & Black Holes
- Stellar Structure, Formation & Evolution
- Quantum Physics & Particle Physics in Astrophysics (only intoductory calculus is assumed)
- Current Space Missions & Surveys

Notes will be posted for each lecture.

You can reach me at riechers_AT_cornell.edu if you have questions or to arrange appointments at other times.

Students taking this course are expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity.

 

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