Astronomy 16: Modern Astrophysics

Prof. David Cohen

Fall 2015
Tu., Th. 9:55 to 11:10
SC 113 (seminar room)


 

Eagle Nebula Pleiades M 43 Andromeda

 


   


 

Announcements

posted 4/12

The class will meet Tue and Thu 9:55 to 11:10 in Fall 2015. We'll meet in the Physics and Astronomy seminar room (113). Our first class meeting will be on Tuesday, September 1.

We'll also have lab meetings on some Wednesday nights (8 pm to, sometimes, 11 pm).

The syllabus, posted to the right, is up-to-date for fall 2015. Get in touch with David if you have any questions about taking Astro 16.


Assignments

posted 8/26

The second pre-semester assignment assignment 0b [pdf] is available. It involves the concepts of scale and distance, and centers on the classic movie Powers of Ten. There are four problems/questions associated with this assignment. You should hand in your solutions/answers by noon on Monday, August 31, the day before our first class meeting. (Same as for the first assignment, below.)

posted 8/18

The first pre-semester assignment assignment 0a [pdf] is available. It involves positions on the sky, angles, and includes you making a sketch of the Moon in the sky on two different nights. Take a look at it soon - read the background information I give you in the assignment document. Make your first sketch within the next week. For your convenience, here is the video about angles and perspectives from page 1. And the guide to measuring angles with your hand is over on the right side of this page. There are three problems/questions associated with this assignment. You should hand in your solutions/answers by noon on Monday, August 31, the day before our first class meeting.


Archive of old assignments.



Upcoming Events

Astro 16 students are members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and are encouraged to participate in department activities beyond the classroom. This includes attending regular talks – colloquia given by visiting scientists – and attending, and helping out with, the monthly telescope open houses at the Peter van de Kamp Observatory, on the roof of the Science Center.

Check the department colloquium schedule.

The next observatory open house is on Tuesday, September 8 at 9 pm.

 

Class Information

A syllabus [pdf] (Updated 4/11) is available
note that it will be periodically updated

David's office is SC 124 (across the hall from his old office)



Resources

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Messier 42; with links to articles about each Messier object

New Horizons at Pluto

Stellarium software for making sky maps

what's up in the sky this week

gravity simulator

Planet Crash

using your hands to measure angles

sky and weather information

observatory website

department website

 

 



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

Last modified: August 26, 2015