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University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Physics Fall 2006 AST 371: Introduction to Astrophysics Time : MW 12:45 – 2:05 Venue : MSC 112 Instructor : Lior Burko Phone : 824-2934 Email : burko at uah dot edu Office : OB 210 Office hours : MW 11:00 – 12:00 or by appointment Course website : http://gravity.uah.edu/courses/AST371/index.htm Pre- or Corequisites : PH 111 and MA 201. Course objectives : At the conclusion of the course, students will have a general familiarity with astronomical objects and major astrophysical phenomena, and the physical mechanisms that cause them. The student will be able to take more advanced and specialized courses on astrophysics, and read and understand more advanced literature. Textbook : Astronomy: A Physical Perspective , 2 nd edition, M.L. Kutner (Cambridge University Press, 2003), ISBN 0-521-52927-1. I will present in class materials from other sources, and the students are responsible for those materials, even though they are not in the textbook. I expect you to read the textbook before class meets. We will have occasional easy quizzes on reading assignments that will determine part of your final grade. What this course is about : This course is an introductory course on astro- physics . I will emphasize the physics behind astronomical phenomena, at a technical level comparable to other 300-level courses. This means that the course is mathematically non-trivial, and
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