Physics 5561 Assignments and Reading



Wed Jan 11

None yet. Assignments are listed on their due dates. Please read the assigned readings in advance. You wouldn't try to go to a literature class if you hadn't yet read the Shakespeare play under discussion that day, the same applies here!

(but no, these lectures are hardly Shakespearean in quality)

Fri Jan 13

Read Ch.1 “The Celestial Sphere”, pp.2-20

Read Ch.2 “Celestial Mechanics”. pp.23-53

Wed Jan 18

Fri Jan 20

Homework due: problems 1.1,1.6,1.7,1.8,1.9 and Earth/Moon charge problem from class

Mon Jan 23

Read Ch.3 “The Continuous Spectrum of Light”. Sections 3.3 & 3.5 are re-hashes of past physics courses (so you can just skim them), so is 3.4 to an extent but it is very concise and has direct stellar applications so don't give it short shrift.

Wed Jan 25

Read 3.6 “Color Index”, 5.1 “Spectral Lines”. The rest of Ch.4 & Ch.5 are repeats of Modern Physics.

Read Ch.6 “Telescopes”

Fri Jan 27

Homework due: problems 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 2.14

plus “Find the solar constant” problem (Given solar T, R, and the Earth's orbital radius, calculate what the solar constant should be, and compare to the known value)

Mon Jan 30

Read Ch.7 “Binary Stars and Stellar Parameters”

Wed Feb 01

Fri Feb 03

Read Ch.8 “The Classification of Stellar Spectra”

Homework due: problems 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 5.1, 6.7

5561 takers: add in 3.14, 6.11

Mon Feb 06

Read Ch.9.1-9.3 “Stellar Atmospheres”

Wed Feb 08

Read Ch.9.4 “The Structure of Spectral Lines”

Fri Feb 10

No Class, due to faculty travel

Mon Feb 13

Homework due: 7.4, 7.5, 7.8, 8.14, 8.16

5561 takers: add in 8.10

Wed Feb 15

Fri Feb 17

Read Ch.10.1, 10.2 “Stellar Interiors”

Mon Feb 20

Read Ch.10.3

Homework due: 9.1, 9.5, 9.6, 9.13

Wed Feb 22

Read Ch. 10.4

Fri Feb 24

Read Ch. 10.5, 10.6

Read Ch. 11 “The Sun”

Mon Feb 27

Homework due: 10.4, 10.9, 10.15

5561 takers: add in 9.21, 9.26

Wed Mar 01

Fri Mar 03

Homework due: 10.3, 10.10, 10.21

Midterm handed out

Mon Mar 06

Spring Break, No classes

Wed Mar 08

Spring Break, No classes

Fri Mar 10

Spring Break, No classes

Mon Mar 13

Read Ch.12.1, 12.2, 12.3 “Star Formation”

Midterm due.

Wed Mar 15

Read Ch.13 (Stellar Evolution)

Fri Mar 17

Homework due: 12.1, 12.4, 12.18

Read Ch.14 “Stellar Pulsation”

Mon Mar 20

Wed Mar 22

Supernovae neutrinos

Fri Mar 24

Read Ch.15 (Massive star stellar Evolution)

Mon Mar 27

Homework due: 13.6, 13.7, 13.8 (plus: what's the angular rate of expansion? Given typical visual seeing, how long would we have to wait to see this expansion in photos? Compare to the measurement you would have to make to obtain the velocity based on spectra), 14.2

Wed Mar 29

Read Ch.16, Degenerate Remnants

Fri Mar 31

Mon Apr 03

Homework due: 15.2, 15.11, 15.12, 15.13