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Sagittarius A*

Sagittarius A* (Chandra)

TTh 2:00-3:30 · RLM 15.216B · Unique No. 48535

Professor

Volker Bromm

RLM 16.214 · (512) 471-3432 · email

Courses - Spr '09  |  Course Website

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Course Objectives
We will cover the exciting phenomena happening at the end of a star's life: supernova explosions and gamma-ray bursts, and the formation and properties of compact remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes). This will lead us to topics at the current frontier of astrophysics. You will learn to look at the physics behind these cutting-edge phenomena, and make things as simple as possible, but still capture the important effects.

Texts
All texts will be placed on reserve in the PMA (RLM 4th floor) and Astronomy Peridier (RLM 15.202) libraries.

The required text is (available at the Co-op):

  • Rosswog/Brueggen (RB), Introduction to High-Energy Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press

In addition, this text is highly recommended:

  • A.C. Phillips (ACP), The Physics of Stars (2nd edition), Wiley

Grading
Your final grade will be based on a point system:

Class Participation

 

10

2 In-class Exams

 

2x20

Homework

 

40

Numerical Project

 

10

We won't have a Final Exam.

The following grading scheme will be used:

A

=

85-100

B

=

70-84

C

=

60-69

D

=

50-59

Any score below 50 is failing.

Class Participation
10% of your grade will be based on your class participation. You will participate by solving in-class puzzles.

Class Attendance
It is important that you come to class. You will not be successful otherwise in following the course material. In addition, we will have unannounced quizzes. If you miss one, there will be no make-up quiz.

Policies
There will be make-up exams ONLY for students with valid excuses. Scholastic dishonesty, in particular any plagiarism, will be prosecuted in accordance with the university guidelines.




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