ASTR 110 – Explosions in Space – Spring 2014
Instructor: Dr. Duncan Lorimer
Contact details: Duncan dot Lorimer at mail dot wvu dot edu
Office hours: TBD in G61 White Hall
Class times: MWF 1330-1420 in B51 White Hall
Overview: The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough qualitative understanding of some of the most violent and energetic phenomena in the universe. Topics discussed will include exploding stars and supernova, pulsars and black holes, wormholes and time travel and the creation of the universe in the so-called “big bang”. Throughout the course, the role gravity plays in shaping all these phenomena will be highlighted. A qualitative understanding of both Newton and Einstein’s theories of gravity which will then be developed and used to explore the properties of these astrophysical exotica. Assessment will be via in-class assignments, grading of weekly multiple-choice problem sets, a midterm exam, a term paper and a final exam at the University’s scheduled time during exam week.
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