Stellar, Galactic, & Extragalactic Astrophysics
Spring Semester 2017
Prof. Richard Pogge
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
1138 Smith Lab (180 W. 18th Ave)
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.
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.
All handouts below are in standard PDF format, viewable on-screen or
in printed form.
- The observed properties of stars, their atmospheres, and interiors.
- The interstellar medium.
- The formation and evolution of stars and stellar remnants.
- The properties of galaxies, clusters, and superclusters.
- Cosmology and the history of the universe.
- Table of Useful Physical Constants
- Table of Useful Astronomical Constants
- Nominal Solar & Planetary Constants [IAU 2015 Resolution B; Prsa et al. 2016]
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