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  ASTR 200, Sep-Dec 2017

ASTR 200 , Frontiers of Astrophysics

This web page concerns ASTR 200 for the period : September - December 2017.


Professor Brett Gladman : My home page
Tel: (604) 822-6244
Room 300B, Hennings (Physics and Astronomy) Building


LOCATION: MWF, 12:00 - 13:00, Hennings 202

AIM: This course is an introduction to astrophysics. In it we will look at a broad range of astronomical topics ranging from the Solar System to the most distant galaxies, and learn how astronomical phenomena are governed by physical laws and principles.
The main goals of the course are to:
- provide an overview of the Universe and its constituents, including stars, planets, galaxies, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae, dark matter and black holes.
- improve your understanding of physical processes in astronomy.
- help you develop skills at applying physics and math to solve abstract and practical problems

Note: This course also serves as an introduction for ASTR 205 (Stars and Stellar Populations) which is offered in term two, and uses the same text book.

LEVEL: Second year undergraduate. No prior astronomy knowledge assumed; see UBC calendar entry for PHYS and MATH pre-reqs.
TEXTBOOK (Required): - Foundations of Astrophysics (Ryden and Peterson)
HOURS PER WEEK: Three hours of classroom instruction per week.

Office Hours

You may ALWAYS email us to obtain a time for a private meeting.

Prof Gladman, Henn 300B. gladman@astro.ubc.ca
  - Mondays 2:00-3:00 .
  - Thursdays 2:30-3:30 . CANCELLED Sept 21, see below

Edward Ashton, Henn 312. eashton@phas.ubc.ca
  - Wednesday 3:30-4:30. Sept 20
Ryley Hill, Henn 312. ryleyhill@phas.ubc.ca
  - Thursday 9:30-10:30 and 3:30-4:30. Sept 21.

Lecture Slides (not for all lectures)

Sept 6 : Lecture 1 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 8. Pre-readings for Friday Sept 8: Sec 2.1 and 2.2; refer to Fig 1.7 when needed, but also look at THIS FIGURE to see the path of Mars in 2018.
  Lecture 2 for ASTR 200. PDF format.       HOMEWORK 1 assigned, Due Sept 14, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Sept 11. Pre-readings for Monday Sept 11: Sec 2.3 and pp 58-59 on stellar parallax
  Lecture 3 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 13. Pre-readings for Wednesday Sept 13: Secs 2.4 and Sec 2.5, pp 61-63
  Lecture 4 on Keplerian motion. No notes. On blackboard.

Sept 15. Readings for Friday Sept 15: pp 68-71 and Eq (3.42), Sec 3.3
  Lecture 5 on Astrodynamics. No notes. On blackboard.

Sept 18. Readings for Monday Sept 18: None.
  Lecture 6 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 20. Readings for Wednesday Sept 20: Read pg 143 and look at Figs 5.14 and 5.15. Pp 194-197.
  Lecture 7. No notes; on board. Thermal radiation and planetary energy balance.

Homework Guidelines, for ASTR 200

- You may work with other students when figuring out how to approach/solve the problems, but you will then INDEPENDENTLY write up your exposition of the solution for each problem.

- The clarity and logic and quality of explanation of your solution is part of the grade. Handing in confusing and/or rough work will result in full marks not being awarded. The graders have the authority to decide if a proposed solution to a problem does not sufficiently explain how and why an answer has been reached.

Due Sept 14, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction). Homework 1 Solutions. PDF format. TO APPEAR.

Homework 2. PDF format.
Due Sept 21, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).


The ASTR 200 midterm exam will be in the class slot for Wednesday October 18 2017, noon-12:50,

Below you can find the 2016 midterm exam, with solutions, and formula sheet handed out with the exam. The 2017 format will be similar. Not all content covered in 2016 will be covered in 2017.
Midterm, 2016. PDF format, with solutions.
2016 Midterm Formula Sheet. PDF format.