SYLLABUS – PHS 556

Astrophysics

Summer 2016 (Dynamically Dated)

Meeting Time & Place: M-Th 4:00 – 6:30 pm; PSH-355

 

Instructor:  Dr. Carl Covatto

Office: PSH-553A

Hours: by appointment

Phone: (480) 727-0233

Email: carl.covatto@asu.edu

This course is on Blackboard

 

 

TEXTBOOK:  None. Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics by Zeilik and Gregory and The Physical Universe by Shu are good references.

 

GOALS

 

The course will incorporate together lectures, discussions, and group activities, including use of Internet resources and computer laboratory experiments in support of class material. Teachers will learn how to obtain astronomical data using the World Wide Web and use it to conduct research.

 

ATTTENDANCE POLICY

 

Please make every effort to attend each class as it will be very unlikely to be able to schedule a make-up exercise. If you cannot make class, please contact me about it as soon as you are able. More than one unexcused absence will result in a one letter grade reduction in your grade. 

 

GRADES

 

Grade Scale

 

A+

>97%

B+

87-89 %

C+

77-79 %

A

93-96 %

B

83-86 %

C

73-76 %

A-

90-92 %

B-

80-82 %

D

60-72 %

 

 

 

 

E

< 60 %

 

 

Grade Breakdown

 

Lab activities and projects

70 %

In-class exercises, homework, discussion questions, etc.

30 %

 

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

June 27

Week 1: Spectra and blackbody radiation and what they can tell us.

 

June 28

June 29

June 30

July 5

July 6

Week 2: The Stršmgren sphere and an introduction to the interstellar medium.

July 7

July 11

July 12

July 13

July 14

Week 3: Stars and an introduction to astronomical data sets. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Class time will center on obtaining astronomical data from the SDSS database

July 18

July 19

July 20

July 21

July 25

Week 4: Cosmological models, Hubble diagram, Wedge diagram.

The projects this week will require obtaining sets of appropriate data to produce a Hubble diagram (expansion of the universe) and a wedge diagram (shows large scale structure in the universe). Class time will focus on cosmological models. Presentation of results

July 26

July 27

July 28