Physics 3300: Introduction to Modern (Astro)Physics

Winter 2008

Lecture: 12:50-1:45 MWF, Physics 177

Lab: 1:55-3:55 M, Physics 115

This is a three credit course open to students who have completed Physics 2180 or by consent of the instructor. Within the context of astrophysics this course serves as an introduction to modern physics. Topics covered include the tools of astrophysics: continous spectra, special relativity, light and its interactions with matter, and telescopes. The rest of course studies stars and galaxies. Students can also coregister for the accompaning lab course Physics 3310 for one credit.

Professor: David Cinabro(333 Physics, 313-577-2918, cinabro@physics.wayne.edu, http://motor1.physics.wayne.edu/cinabro.html)
Office Hours:TTh 1:00-2:00

Laboratory TA: Chris Yaldo (169 Physics) ap0443@wayne.edu
Office Hours: WF 14:00-15:00

Text: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie (Second Edition).
Homework(35%)
Weekly homework assignments. Homework is assigned each day and is collected in class on the Wednesday of the following week.
Exams(40%)
Three in class exams. See schedule below.
Final(25%)
MOnday 28 April 10:40-1:10. A comprehensive final.

Day by Day in Class

Date Topic Reading HW Assignment Lab/Solutions
7 Jan Introduction and Review 1.1-2.4 - No Lab
9 Jan Parallax, Magnitude, Waves 3.1-3.3 3.3,3.7 -
11 Jan Blackbody and Energy Quantization 3.4-3.6 3.8,3.14 -
14 Jan Lorentz Transformation and Special Relativity 4.1-4.3 4.3,4.5 Microwave Optics
16 Jan Relativistic Momentum and Energy 4.3-4.4 4.8,4.11 -
19 Jan Spectral Lines and Photons 5.1-5.2 5.1,5.5 -
21 Jan No Class or Lab MLK Day - No Lab
23 Jan Bohr Model 5.3 5.8 -
25 Jan Quantum Mechanics I 5.4 5.12,5.14 -
28 Jan Quantum Mechanics II 5.4 5.15,5.16 Stephan-Boltzmann
30 Jan Optical Telescopes 6.1-6.2 6.3,6.7 -
1 Feb Non-optical Telescopes and Surveys 6.3-6.5 6.11,6.16 -
4 Feb Review 1-6 - No Lab
6 Feb Exam I 1-6 - -
8 Feb Binary Systems 7.1-7.3 7.2 -
11 Feb Extrasolar Planets 7.3-7.4 7.6,7.13 Michelson Interferometer
13 Feb Stellar Spectra 8.1 8.1, 8.5 -
15 Feb HR Diagram 8.2 8.15, 8.16 -
18 Feb Stellar Energy 10.1-10.2 10.3, 10.5 Photoelectric Effect
20 Feb Nuclear Energy and Stars 10.3-10.4 10.13,10.21 -
22 Feb Interstellar Medium 12.1-12.2 12.1,12.10 -
25 Feb Star Formation 12.2-12.3 12.14,12.17 Electron Diffraction
27 Feb Stellar Evolution 13.1-13.3 13.2,13.11(a) -
29 Feb Review 7,8,10,12,13 - -
3 Mar Exam II 7,8,10,12,13 - Optical Spectroscopy
5 Mar Fate of Stars 15.1-15.2 15.2 -
7 Mar Supernova and GRB 15.3-15.5 15.4,15.11,15.17 -
10-14 Mar No Class or Lab Spring Break - No Lab
17 Mar White Dwarfs and Degnerate Matter 16.1-16.3 16.4,16.6 Frank-Hertz
19 Mar Chandrasekhar Limit and Neutron Stars 16.4-16.7 16.7,16.11 -
21 Mar General Relativity 17.1-17.2 17.4,17.5 -
24 Mar Black Holes 17.2-17.3 17.12,17.19 Millikan Oil Drop
26 Mar The Milky Way 24.1-24.2 24.1,24.9 -
28 Mar Milky Way Dynamics 24.3-24.4 24.15,24.25,24.31 -
31 Mar Hubble Sequence and Galaxy Classicication 25.1-25.4 25.2,25.10,25.21 e/m of the Electron
2 Apr Review 15-17,24-25 - -
4 Apr Exam III 15-17,24-25 - -
7 Apr Galactic Evolution and Extragalactic Distances 26.1-26.2 26.1,26.10,26.16 Nuclear Decays
9 Apr Special visit by Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell 27.1-27.2 27.2,27.4 -
11 Apr Extragalatic Distances and the Expanding Universe 27.2-27.3 27.12 -
14 Apr Cosmology I 29.1-29.2 29.9,29.15 No Lab
16 Apr Cosmology II 29.3-29.4 29.36,29.39 -
18 Apr Early Universe 30.1 30.4 -
21 Apr Origin of Structure 30.2 30.11 No Lab
28 Apr Final Exam Comprehensive - -


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