Instructor: Prof. Fred Walter (ESS 459; 632-8232; fwalter at astro.sunysb.edu)
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-10:30 AM, Friday 10-11AM, or by appointment.
Teaching Assistant: Alex DiRe (Physics D116)
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, or by appointment.
a synthesis of many topics, beginning with the study of radiation
and radiative transfer, and ending with the application of physics to
stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the universe.
The topics we will cover include:
Prerequsites include AST 203, PHY 251/252, and MAT 203 or 205 or 211 or AMS 211. You will need a working knowledge of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, and some statistical mechanics. You will need to be able to perform simple integration and differentiation. If you are concerned about your preparation, please contact the instructor.
This book should be available at the campus bookstore ($171.80 new; $128.85 used). It is also available on-line for significantly less. The campus bookstore also has an option to rent the text for the semester.
If you intend to major in astronomy, you probably want to own this book.
The required and recommended books may be on reserve in the Math-Physics library.