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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in Astronomy
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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Astronomy.

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ASTRO 402. Stellar Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Math. 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys. 340. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/cowley/a402f2001.html

This course is a survey of stellar astronomy and astrophysics, building upon an elementary background of basic physics: mechanics; and interaction of radiation and matter (atomic spectra). No astronomy course is a prerequisite, although students who have not had any astronomy may find it helpful to read an introductory text book for overviews. Course topics: basic stellar data; celestial mechanics and binary stars; stellar atmospheres and abundances of the chemical elements; stellar interiors, evolution, and nucleosynthesis; space distributions and motions of stars in the Galaxy.

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ASTRO 403. Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Math. 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys. 240 (or 260). (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the various types of gaseous components and their interaction with stars through the processes of star formation, stellar mass loss, photoionization of gas by hot stars, and supernova explosions. The interstellar medium (the gas between stars) comprises a wide variety of material that interacts closely, and often violently, with individual stars and the host galaxy. First, the underlying atomic and molecular physics is developed and then we examine how gas is ionized by hot stars and by supernova remnants. We analyze the content of the cold pervasive atomic and molecular gas in the galaxy, how it often lies in spiral arms, and why giant molecular clouds are the most active sites of star formation. Finally, recent discoveries are highlighted, such as the presence of galactic "cirrus" as seen from the dust distribution.

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ASTRO 500. Theoretical Astrophysics: Light and Matter.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The major theme of this course is the physical basis behind much of modern astrophysics, emphasizing thermal and non-thermal radiation mechanisms, radiative transfer, fluid mechanics and plasma physics. Atomic and molecular structure will be developed, along with the variety of transitions that occur and are observed, while the treatment of non-thermal radiation fill focus on synchrotron and Compton scattering. The radiative transfer of the light in matter is developed and a subset of the wide range of observable phenomena is explored. Introductory sections on particle, fluid dynamics and plasma physics are taught, with an emphasis of the phenomena that most commonly occur in astrophysical circumstances.

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ASTRO 501. Modern Astronomical Techniques.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The physical, mathematical, and pratical methods of modern astronomical observations at all wavelengths are covered at a level that will pre- pare students to comprehend published data and prepare for their own observations. Major topics include: noise sources and astrophysical backgrounds; astronomical optics and aberrations; the physical basis of coherent and incoherent photon detectors; design and use of imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric instruments; coordinate and filter systems; antenna theory; aperture synthesis and image reconstruction techniques; and further topics of interest at the discretion of the instructor.

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ASTRO 690. Theoretical Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4).

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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ASTRO 691. Observational Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4).

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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ASTRO 699. Special Problems.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided.

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ASTRO 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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