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Astronomy 2292

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Stellar, Galactic, & Extragalactic Astrophysics
Spring Semester 2020

Prof. Richard Pogge
MWF 12:40-1:35pm
Classroom Room TBD


Astronomy 2292 is the second 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
  1. The observed properties of stars, their atmospheres, and interiors.
  2. The interstellar medium.
  3. The formation and evolution of stars and stellar remnants.
  4. The properties of galaxies, clusters, and superclusters.
  5. Cosmology and the history of the universe.
To get the most from this class you should read the assignments in the book, attend and participate in lectures and class discussions and problem-solving sessions, and do the problem sets.


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.

Course Information

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.

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Updated: 2019 August 13
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