Fall 2020

Introductory Astrophysics

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as ASTR-228

Formerly listed as: ASTR-28  |  ASTR-29

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Kate Follette (Section 01)
William A. Loinaz (Section 01)


This course provides a quantitative introduction to the physical principles that govern the universe. The laws of gravity, thermal physics, atomic physics, and radiation will be applied to develop understanding of a variety of astrophysical phenomena. These include: the formation of stars and planets, the life cycle of stars, and the nature of the interstellar medium. This course is intended for students majoring in astronomy and serves as a gateway to the more complex topics covered in upper-division astronomy classes. However, non-majors who are interested in a robust treatment of introductory astrophysics are welcome to participate in the course, and we will review the relevant physics and mathematics as we apply them to astrophysical problems

Requisite: MATH 121 and PHYS 116 or 123, or permission of instructor . Fall semester. Professors Follette and Loinaz.

 For Fall 2020: This course will be taught in a hybrid model using both asynchronous and synchronous lectures and group work.  The course will meet in-person as health and safety considerations permit. 


Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023