Assignment 1
Due 11:04am Wednesday 15 February 2006
PHYSICS 8.284
Reading: Mihalas and Binney (on reserve) Chapter 2
Reading: http:/www.seds.org/~spider/spider/ScholarX/coords.html
1. The worldwide web has become a major tool for astronomical and astrop
Assignment #10 Due 11:04 am Wednesday 3 May 2006
PHYSICS
8.284
Reading: Binney and Tremaine, Chapter 4 through equation (4-45). (1) In casting the Boltzmann equation in spherical coordinates we found we needed the quantities vr , v , and v . There are se
Assignment #9
Due 11:04am Wednesday 26th April 2006
PHYSICS
8.284
Reading: Binney and Tremaine: Chapter 1 and 3.1.
Note: This set requires numerical integration of dierential equations and probably
cannot be nished if started the night before its due!
Assignment #8
PHYSICS
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11:04am Wednesday 19 April 2006
Shu The Physics of Astrophysics, Volume II: Gas Dynamics Chapter 15 pps. 214
217; Chapter 17 (but dont bog down on equations 17.6-17.19, for which you will
not be held responsible).
1. The reac
Assignment #6
Due 11:04am 2006 March 24 Friday
PHYSICS
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Reading: Clayton 4.3 through equation (4-62). Hansen & Kawaler 6.3-5.
1. Our midterm exam (24 March) will be closed book except for a single sheet of 8.5
11 inch paper (two sides) on which you
Assignment #5
due 11:04 am Friday 2006 March 17th
PHYSICS
8.284
Reading: Hansen and Kawaler (Hayden reserve only): 3.1-3.5 (eqn 3.67) on quan
tum statistics, distribution functions and equations of state and 7.1-7.2 (eqn 7.45)
on polytropes.
1. Solve t
Assignment #4
Due 11:04 am Friday 2006 March 10
PHYSICS
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Reading: Clayton (reserve) 2-4 (Polytropes); Hansen and Kawaler 7.1-7.2.2.
(1-4) This is a long, time consuming problem, requiring that you use a computer to solve
a dierential equation. It co
Assignment #3 Due 11:04 am Friday 2006 March 3
PHYSICS
8.284
0. This problem appeared on last weeks set. You were given the option of doing it with PS#2 or with this set. There is, unfortunately, no good treatment of the mate rial in a text. The radial v
Assignment 2
Due Wednesday 2006 February 22 11:04am
PHYSICS 8.284
Reading: Press, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.5 and Chapter 4.1 and 4.2 through 4.2.5
(http:/www.lanl.gov/DLDSTP/ay45/ay45toc.html)
1-2. Assume, for the sake of simplicity, that the B lter in the J
Assignment #11
PHYSICS
8.284
Due 11:04am Wednesday 10 May 2006
Reading: Binney and Tremaine Chapter 10; 8.902 notes on Cosmology 3.1-3.3.
(1-2) (20 points) This is a longish problem, requiring that you use a computer to solve a
dierential equation, but i