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AST 204 – Topics in Modern Astronomy (QR) Spring 2008 1 General Information Lectures: Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Location: Room 145 Peyton Hall (also known as “The auditorium”) Instructors: Jill Knapp E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (609) 258-3824 Office: 1 Peyton Hall Office hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m. Roman Rafikov E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (609) 258-7529 Office: 121 Peyton Hall Office hours: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Aurelien Fraisse E-mail: [email protected] Phone: (609) 258-8053 Office: 12 Peyton Hall Office hours: Tuesdays , 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mandatory textbook : An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics 2nd Edition (2006) by Carroll & Ostlie (Some copies of this book are on reserve in the Astrophysics Library.) 2 Introduction This course presents a broad introduction to the science of astronomy, including an overview of planets, stars, galaxies and cosmology. The intent of the course is to give students a solid background in the primary physical concepts relevant to astronomy, and a broad exposure to the astronomical universe. By using well-known physical laws to interpret astronomical observations, students will learn how astronomers have answered some of the most fundamental questions about our Universe, such as: “How old is the Sun?”, “How do stars shine?”, “How far away are the most distant objects in the Universe?”, as well as, “When and how did the Universe begin?”. A working knowledge of algebra, geometry and calculus is essential for this class. Therefore, this course is for science majors , or those with a strong interest in science.
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