Basic Astrophysics & Planetary Astronomy
Autumn Semester 2018
Prof. Richard Pogge
Astronomy 2291 is the first semester of a
two-semester introductory sequence designed for Astronomy and
Astrophysics majors and minors, as well as for scientifically literate
undergraduates who wish to learn basic astrophysics from a quantitative
perspective. The major topics to be covered are
1046 McPherson Laboratory (140 W. 18th Ave)
The textbook for this course is Foundations of
Astrophysics by Barbara Ryden and Bradley Peterson, available
from the bookstore and many online booksellers. There is only one
edition, so used copies are acceptable. This textbook is
required for all students. Selected readings are assigned
weekly, and should be read before the week's class sessions.
We will be using OSU's Carmen
learning management system for this course. This webpage provides
enough basic info to help those not yet registered learn about the
course but who cannot access the Carmen pages.
- The historical development of modern astrophysics
- The fundamentals of Newtonian gravity and optics as applied
- Electromagnetic radiation and interaction of light and matter
- The structure and evolution of the Solar System
- The discovery and properties of planetary systems around other stars
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Updated: 2018 August 12
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