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ASTR121 Spring 2010

INTRODUCTORY ASTROPHYSICS: STARS AND BEYOND

This course presents a broad introduction to the science of astronomy and astrophysics. It is designed to be a two-semester sequence with the first semester (ASTR120) concentrating on our Solar System and the second semester (ASTR121) focusing on our Galaxy and the wider Universe. The intent of this course is to give the student a solid background in the primary physical concepts relevant to astronomy, and a broad exposure to the astronomical Universe. This course is for science majors or those with a strong interest in science.

Click here for full course syllabus

[May 4th - Night lab is ON for tonight!]

Lecture schedule and links to figures:

Please note that the majority of figures included in the links below are from the course textbook (Universe, by Freedman & Kaufmann. Publisher: Freeman). They are intended for use by UMd ASTR121 students only and may not be reproduced or used by other parties without the explicit permission of the publishers.

Homeworks:

  • Homework 1 (pdf) (due date postponed until 11 Feb 2010)
  • Homework 2 (pdf) (due date 23rd Feb 2010)
  • Homework 3 (pdf) (due date 2nd March 2010)
  • Homework 4 (pdf) (revised due date 30th March 2010)
  • Homework 5 (pdf) (due date 6th April 2010)
  • Homework 6 (pdf) (due date 20th April 2010)
  • Homework 7 (pdf) (due date 27th April 2010)

Supplementary material

  • Mathworld (an excellent reference for mathematical queries)
 
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