AST 221H1 F "Stars and Planets"
Term: 2013 Fall
Class Hours: 12pm Mon. Wed. and Fri. (usually 2 lectures and 1 tutorial)
Class Location: AB117, Cody Hall
Instructor: Dae-Sik Moon (moon at astro.utoronto.ca, AB128); Nominal Office Hour: 2-3 pm Monday
Teaching Assistants: Nick Tacik (tacik at astro.utoronto.ca, MP1318), Maxwell Millar-Blanchaer (maxmb at astro.utoronto.ca, AB121); Nominal TA office hours: 11am-12pm Tuesday (Nick) & 12pm-1pm Thursday (Maxwell)
Main Reference/Textbook: "An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics" 2nd edition, by B. W. Carroll & D. A. Ostlie (Addison-Wesley, 2006). This book is rather expensive. However, it will be used as a textbook (or main reference) for AST222 and AST320 as well. Note that the lecture notes of this course will try to be self-explanatory.
Course Overview and Topics
"Scientific interpretations (and predictions) of observed phenomena related to stars and planets."
In this course, students will learn how to apply basic physical concepts and mathematical tools to develop understandings of stars, solar system and planets. Topics include: stellar structure, stellar evolution, stellar deaths, physics and constituents of the solar system, and extra-solar planets .
- Stellar Structure: Equilibrium, Interior and Atmosphere
- Star Formation
- Stellar Magnitude System
- Stellar Evolution
- Star Deaths and Supernova Explosions
- Binary Star Systems
- The Solar System
- The Sun as a Star
- The Planets and other constituents on the Solar System
- The Solar Systema as a Planetary System
- Extra-solar Planets
Assignments, Exams and Evaluation
Rules and Regulations
- Four problem sets. (24%)
- Oral presentation and written report. (10%) (There will be student presentations in the second half of the term on approved topics. Suggested topics and relevant material will be posted online as well as other necessary details.)
- Three 1-hour in-class tests at early October, November and December. (60% in total; 18%, 20%, and 22% for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd exam, respectively.)
- Class participation & activities. (6%)
- Penalty of late submission of an assignment is 20% per day. Late submission without any penalty should be approved at least 48 hours ahead of the due date for a justifiable case. For a documented medical emergency, it can be approved any time even after the due date.
- Discussion of the problem sets is allowed, but copying or seeing others' solutions is strictly prohibited. It will be considered as plagiarism.
- The general policy on academic matters and plagiarism of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto will be applied: Academic Policies and