Astronomy 16: Modern Astrophysics
Prof. David Cohen
Tu., Th. 9:55 to 11:10
SC 113 (seminar room)
There is an SA session this Sunday night at 7:30 pm in SC 102. There is currently no active homework assignment. The SA session is a great opportunity to review for the second midterm, on Wednesday night (7:30 to 9:30 pm in SC 102). Information about the exam will be posted by Saturday night, but it will cover the material from the week of the first midterm through stellar end states (Ch. 18).
We have a colloquium this Wednesday afternoon at 4:30. The topic is gravity waves.
Please read this information about the second midterm [pdf] carefully and soon. The exam (on Wednesday night) will be closed book and you will be allowed to bring one hand-written page of notes to the exam.
Take a look at the reading assignment for Tuesday's class [pdf]. The topic is the Milky Way and my reading instructions for Ch. 19 are quite specific.
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 talk will be December 2 at 4:30 pm. The topic will be gravitational wave astronomy.
The next observatory open house is on Tuesday, December 8 at 8 pm.
Read the course information document [pdf] (posted 9/20) for information about exams, homework lateness policy, grades, and accommodation.
A syllabus [pdf] (updated 4/11) is available
David's office is SC 124 (across the hall from his old office)
Stellarium software for making sky maps
a Java-free orbit simulator
This page is maintained by David Cohen
cohen -at- astro.swarthmore.edu
Last modified: November 29, 2015