AST 212 : Introduction to Astrophysics II

This course is a continuation of the astrophysics course sequence begun with AST 211. Course topics may include interstellat gas and dust, variable stars, composition and kinematics of the Milky Way and other galaxies, evolution of galaxies, the early universe, and cosmology. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (3.0) Fall, Spring


  1. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of a modern physics, astronomy and mathematics, as well as their relevance to modern culture and society.
  2. Students will have a fundamental understanding and awareness if stellar parameters and how they determine the stellar classification system.
  3. Students will have experience with the four ordinary differential equations describing stellar structure and their boundary conditions.
  4. Students will have a description of basic stellar formation and evolution from the main sequence of the Hertzsprung-Tussell diagram to a star's death.
  5. Students will have an understanding of hydrostatic equilibrium, nuclear fusion, degeneracy pressure and the life of a star.
  6. Students will have a basic understanding of cosmology with a focus on the Big Bang Theory.
  7. Students will have a basic understanding of the roles of relativity theory and quantum mechanics as to how they inform astrophysics.




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