Astronomy 126: The Interstellar Medium

Prof. David Cohen

Fall 2016
Wednesday 1:15 to 4:15
Science Center 113

 





 

Announcements

posted Nov 24:

We will be meeting at our normal time and place this week. It will be our last meeting! Ty and Stefan will share snack duties.

I will be available most of Monday afternoon if you need/want any last minute help with the shock problems from last week (and/or to discuss the material and presentations for this coming week). And I'll be available most of Tuesday afternoon for the latter, as well.

 

Archive of old announcements.


Assignments

posted Nov 24:

We'll read about and discuss the multiphase ISM this week. Here is the assignment for week 13 [pdf].

posted Nov 19:

We will discuss the remainder of the problems from the week 11 assignment during week 12. And, you should also take a look at this information about the hot intercloud medium.

 

Archive of old assignments.


Upcoming Events

Check the departmental colloquium schedule. As members of the department, you are expected to attend these talks. Some of them may even mention the ISM.

There are telescope public viewings the second Tuesday of each month, at the Peter van de Kamp Observatory on the roof of the science center. The next one is on December 13, at 8 PM. Further information is available. I'd welcome help from any of you in running these events.

 

Class Information

Our primary textbook (and the only one I will require you to buy – you'll want to bring your copy to seminar each week; and it is small, paperback, and inexpensive) is Dyson and Williams's The Physics of the Interstellar Medium (2nd ed.) We will supplement it with a lot of other reading, all of which will be available in Cornell Library and/or online. The College bookstore will stock Dyson and Williams, but you might want to buy it online instead. It is paperback, and available both new and used. Make sure you get the 2nd edition (published in 1997).

posted Aug 23: This short document contains the guidelines for the class [pdf], including information about preparing for each week's seminar meeting.

posted Nov 7: new: The syllabus [pdf] has been updated. Note that it is still subject to change!

posted Aug 28: Please read this information about accommodation [pdf] and let me know if there's anything you'd like to talk about – I'm happy to do whatever I can. Or talk to Leslie Hempling in the Deans' Office directly.

posted Aug 28: Everyone will bring snack to seminar two times during the semester. Consult the snack schedule and put your dates in your calendar.


Links

Astronomy picture of the day

observatory website
department website

our seminar's Moodle page

 


This page is maintained by David Cohen
cohen -at- astro -dot- swarthmore -dot- edu

Last modified: November 24, 2016