Origins: Stars, Planets, and Life

AST 324 Spring 1998

Instructor: Neal Evans (
Office: RLM 17.212
Phone: 471-4396
Office Hours: Tuesday, 3:00-4:00
Wednesday, 2:00-3:00
TA: Feng Ma (
Office: RLM 16.216
Phone: 471-0445
Office Hours: Monday, 2:00-3:00
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00
Required Texts: The Inflationary Universe, by Guth
Origins, by Robert Shapiro (Co-Op copy)
Exams and Grading: There will be three exams and one comprehensive final. There will also be homework assignments. Class discussion and questions are appreciated and will be rewarded with credit. The homework is important in providing a basis for understanding the tests. The course grade will be determined according to the following plan:
top two exam scores: 20% each
final exam: 40%
homework and class participation: 20%

Course Outline

1. The Origin of the Universe and Galaxies
2. The Origin of Stars and Planets
3. The Origin of Life

The book by Guth covers the first part of the course and takes us to the frontiers of current research on the origin of the Universe. There is no book for the second part. The book by Shapiro, covering the origin of life, is out of print, but the Co-Op will get permission to make a copy. I will put the viewgraphs from my lectures on reserve for you to look at or copy.

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