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  ASTR 200, Sep-Dec 2016

ASTR 200 , Frontiers of Astrophysics

This web page concerns ASTR 200 for the period : September - December 2016.


Professor Brett Gladman
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
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 2:30-3:30 . Including Dec 5 and 12.
  - Monday Dec 12, Henn 318 time 11:30-1:30. QandA session; see your email.
Paula Granados, Henn 312. granados@phas.ubc.ca
  - Tues Dec 13 11:00-12:00 . Dec 13 only.
Dago Contreras, Henn 312. dagocont@phas.ubc.ca
  - Tues Dec 13 2:00-3:00 . Dec 13 only.

Lecture Slides (not for all lectures)

Sept 7 : Lecture 1 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 9. Pre-readings for Friday Sept 9: Sec 2.1 and 2.2; refer to Fig 1.7 when needed, but also look at THIS FIGURE.
  Lecture 2 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 12. Pre-readings for Monday Sept 12: Sec 2.3 and 2.4, and pp 58-59 on stellar parallax
  Lecture 3 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 14. Pre-readings for Wednesday Sept 14: Sec 2.5, pp 61-63
  Lecture 4 on Keplerian motion. No notes. On blackboard.

Sept 16. Pre-readings for Friday Sept 16: pp 68-71 and Eq (3.42), Sec 3.3
  Lecture 5 on Astrodynamics. No notes. On blackboard.
      HOMEWORK 1 assigned, Due Sept 22, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Sept 19. Readings for Monday Sept 19: None.
  Lecture 6 for ASTR 200. PDF format.

Sept 21. Readings for Wednesday Sept 21: Read pg 143 and look at Figs 5.14 and 5.15. Pp 194-197.
  Lecture 7. No notes; on board. Thermal radiation and balance.

Sept 23. Readings for Friday Sept 23: Sects 5.0 and 5.1. Colour Figs 2 and 3 (plates in center of book)
  Lecture 8. Spectra and Atomic Structure . PDF file
      HOMEWORK 2 assigned, Due Sept 29, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Sept 26. Readings for Monday Sept 26: pp. 228-230, on radioactive decay. Also: page 286.
  Lecture 9. Meteorites and radioactive dating. PDF file

Sept 28. Readings for Wednesday Sept 28: Section 17.1
  Lecture 10. Star formation. PDF file

Sept 30. Readings for Friday Sept 30: Sections 8.3, 12.1 and 12.2.
  Lecture 11. Protoplanetary disks. PDF file
      HOMEWORK 3 assigned, Due Oct 6, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Oct 3. Readings for Monday Oct 3: Text does not discuss this topic. See the lecture.
  Lecture 12. Condenstation in protoplanetary disks.

Oct 5. No lecture

Oct 7. Readings for Friday Oct 7: Sections 13.1, pp. 309+310, 13.4, 19.3
  Lecture 13. Observable stellar properties. PDF file.

Oct 10. Thanksgiving. No lecture

Oct 12. Readings for Wednesday Oct 12: Section 13.5 and all its subsections.
  Lecture 14. Binary stars. PDF file

Oct 14. Readings for Friday Oct 14: Sections 13.6, 14.4
  Lecture 15. Ensemble properties of stars. Some stellar evolution.
      HOMEWORK 4 assigned, Due Oct 21, 4 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Oct 17. Readings for Monday Oct 17: Section 15.1
  Lecture 16. Introduction to Stellar Structure. PDF file

Oct 19. Readings for Wednesday Oct 19: Sections 15.2, 15.3
  Lecture 17. Energy Sources in Stars. PDF file

Oct 21. Readings for Friday Oct 21: Section 17.2, pp. 409-413 inclusive.
Pre and post main sequence evolution.
  Lecture 18. Pre and post Main Sequence Evolution, solar mass Stars. PDF file
      HOMEWORK 5 assigned, Due WEDNESDAY Oct 26, 4 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Oct 24. Readings for Monday Oct 24. pp. 414-423 inclusive.
  Lecture 19. Neutron stars and pulsars. PDF file.

Oct 26. Readings for Wednesday Oct 26. Section 18.3
  Lecture 20. Stellar-mass Black holes. PDF File

Oct 28.
Exams are returned in the slots in Henning 310.
The percentage grade for the exam is obtained by dividing your raw score by 43.

Oct 31. LOST due to fire alarm

Nov 2. Readings for Wednesday Nov 2 Section 12.3
  Lecture 21. Exoplanet Detection Techniques. PDF File

Nov 4. Readings for Friday Nov 4 Section 12.4
  Lecture 22. Exoplanet Properties. PDF File
      HOMEWORK 6 assigned, Due Thursday Nov 10, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Nov 7. Readings for Monday Nov 7 Sections 19.1, 19.2
  Lecture 23. Our Galaxy. PDF file

Nov 9. Readings for Wednesday Nov 9 pages 467-473
  Lecture 24. Other Galaxies. PDF file
      HOMEWORK 7 assigned, Due Thursday Nov 17, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Nov 11. REMEMBRANCE DAY. No class.

Nov 14. Readings for Monday Nov 14 Sections 22.1, 22.2
  Lecture 25. Galaxies, internal and cluster dynamics. PDF file

Nov 16. Readings for Wedneday Nov 16 Sections 22.1, 22.2
  Lecture 26. Supermassive Black Holes and Active Galactic Nuclei

Nov 18. Readings for Friday Nov 18 page 443.
  Lecture 27. Gravitational Lensing. PDF file
      HOMEWORK 8 assigned, Due Thursday Nov 24, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Nov 21. Readings for Monday Nov 21 Sections 20.4, 20.5, 22.3 until end of page 522.
  Lecture 28. Evidence for expansion. PDF file

Nov 23. Readings for Wednesday Nov 23 Sections 23.3, 23.4
  Lecture 29. Geometry of the Universe. PDF file

Nov 25. Readings for Wednesday Nov 23 Section 23.5
Dynamics of the expansion. No electronic notes; done on blackboard.
      HOMEWORK 9 assigned, Due Thursday Dec 1, 5 PM. Available at bottom of this page.

Nov 28. Readings for Monday Nov 28 Pg 486 and Section 23.5 again.
  Lecture 31. Dark Energy. PDF file

Nov 30. Readings for Wednesday Nov 30 none.
  Lecture 32. The Cosmic Microwave Background. PDF file

Dec 2. Readings for Friday Dec 2 Section 24.3
  Lecture 33. The Very Early and Very Late Universe. PDF file

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.

Homework 1. PDF format. Due Sept 22, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction). Homework 1 Solutions. PDF format.
      CORRECTION: The 3rd sentence of question 3(c) should read: After this burn, compute (showing your steps) the period of the first joviocentric orbit (in units of Earth days) of the spacecraft, assuming a Keplerian elliptical orbit around Jupiter.
      CLARIFICATION: 'Orbital elements' are the parameters (numbers) which describe the size, shape, and orientation of the orbital motion. The only two 'orbital elements' we have discussed are the semimajor axis (a) and the orbital eccentricity (e, that ranges from 0 to 1 and describes how non-circular the ellipse is). There are other orbital elements related to tilt and orientation (you can google), but we are not covering them in ASTR 200.

Homework 2. PDF format. Due Sept 29, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
      OPTIONAL For question 2, if you want to use an albedo, use the albedo of 0.16 listed in table 8.2.
Homework 2 Solutions. PDF format. ERRATA: In solution for 2(a) 1.2 must be squared, so correct answer is 1.45.

Homework 3. PDF format. Due Oct 6, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
      Optional, but recommended, Graph Paper Sheet. PDF format.
      CLARIFICATION: For question 2, use the nominal cloud density in text equation (17.6) of 3E-15 kg/cubic meter (the number also as used in class).
Homework 3 Solutions. PDF format. ERRATA: In 3d the solution incorrectly says the 8--4 transition (which is H_beta) is line G. It is in fact line H (as was identified in part a).

Homework 4. PDF format. Due FRIDAY Oct 21, 4 PM (see top of homework page for instruction). EXTENDED DUE DATE: Oct 24, 4:30 PM
Homework 4 Solutions. PDF format.

Homework 5. PDF format. Due WEDNESDAY Oct 26, 4 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
Homework 5 Solutions. PDF format.

Homework 6. PDF format. Due Thursday Nov 10, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
Homework 6 Solutions. PDF format.

Homework 7. PDF format. Due Thursday Nov 17, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
Homework 7 Solutions. PDF format.

Homework 8. PDF format. Due Thursday Nov 24, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
1. The 1st sentence should read "...black hole of mass M_BH would resist..."
2. When you need the properties of 'a star', just use solar values.
Homework 8 Solutions. PDF format.

Homework 9. PDF format. Due Thursday Dec 1, 5 PM (see top of homework page for instruction).
Homework 9 Solutions. PDF format.