WVU Center for Astrophysics

ASTR693A – Graduate Astrophysics Seminar – Fall 2016
Tuesdays 11:30-12:20 G51


Class schedule (numbers in parentheses represent chapters from C&O):

8/23 Course overview – with contributions from all faculty and any students.

8/30 Coordinate systems – Loren Anderson [N.B. this class will take place in the planetarium].

9/6 Units in astronomy, including magnitudes (3), spectral types, Hertzsprung Russel (HR) diagram overview – Paul Brook.

9/13 Blackbody Radiation (3) Laws of blackbody radiation, units with example problems. Optical filters as integrals. Interpreting the HR diagram and color-magnitude diagram – Loren Anderson

9/20 Basic radiative transfer (opacity, optical depth etc) – Duncan Lorimer

9/27 Stellar structure and evolution (10) – Maura McLaughlin

10/4 Basic statistics. Error propagation. Chi^2 goodness of fit tests. KS tests. Statistical tests for correlations in data sets – Michael Lam

10/11 Kepler’s Laws (2)—Virial Theorem (2) – D.J. Pisano

10/18 Special relativity (4) – Zach Etienne

10/25 General relativity (17) – Sean McWilliams

11/1 Compact objects (16) – Harsha Blumer

11/8 Election day – NO CLASS

11/15 Structure of the Universe (29) – Sean McWilliams

11/22 Thanksgiving Break – NO CLASS

11/29 Basics of Cosmology (29,30) – Kevin Bandura

12/6 Astrophysics Resources on the Web. How to write a paper. The importance of reading papers! Other useful topics and thoughts on being effective as a research student.


Course Resources
Syllabus
ASTR693A_Coordinate_Systems
ASTR693A_Units
ASTR693A_Blackbodies
ASTR693_radiative_transfer

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