ASTR730 / CSI661 - Fall 2012
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Prerequisites: PHYS 303 (Classical Mechanics), PHYS 305 (Electromagnetic Theory), PHYS 308 (Modern Physics with Applications); MATH 214 (Elementary Differential Equations)
Location: Room 1108, Nguyen Engineering Building
Instructor: Prof. Jie Zhang
Contact Info: (703)993-1998 (phone), firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail)
Office Hour: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday, or by appointment
Office: Room 351, Research Hall
general purpose of this course is a survey of
contemporary astrophysics. Topics include physical concepts, stellar
Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, stellar atmospheres, stellar structure,
interstellar matter, stellar evolution, high-energy phenomena,
processes in astrophysics, accretion disk formation, and shock
this semester, the class will focus on stellar structure and evolution,
Homework: There will be weekly assignment of homework. Each homework consists of 2 to 5 short questions.
Project: There will be one project. Students learn how to use numerical methods to solve physical equations, in order to fully model and understand the structure of stars of different masses.
Exams: There will be one midterm and one final exam. Exams are of closed-book.
Grades: Homework (30%), Project (20%), Midterm (20%), Final Exam (30%)
Class URL: http://solar.gmu.edu/teaching/2012_ASTR730/
Text Book (required): “Physical Principles, Structure and Evolution”. by C.J. Hansen, S.D. Kawaler and V. Trimble, 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag, 2004. ISBN 978-0-387-20089-7
Supplement Reference Books:
Atmosphere: The Observation and Analysis
of Stellar Photospheres”. By David F. Gray. Third Edition,