Office hours: TBD
The only required textbook is Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium by Bruce Draine, copies of which should be available in the bookstore.
Here's the official course catalog listing:
"Structure of the interstellar medium: its molecular, neutral atomic, and plasma phases. Radiative transfer, dust, particle acceleration, magnetic Fields, and cosmic rays. Effects of supernovae, shock fronts, and star formation."
I plan to broaden this list of topics to include the intergalactic medium; in general, I will try to highlight subjects that are important to areas of current research in extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology (e.g., galaxy formation, the enrichment of the intergalactic medium, and the reionization of the universe).
Schedule Both the sequence of lectures and the assignment due dates are preliminary at this point; I will update them as needed during the course of the semester. The last two lectures are tentatively reserved for ISM-related topics to be chosen sometime after Thanksgiving by the students who are officially enrolled in the course. These will give you an opportunity to make me sweat, thus exacting revenge for a semester's worth of problem sets.
I will include in the schedule the dates of any local talks that are relevant to the subject matter of this course. Attendance is encouraged but not required!
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Grading Your course grade will be based on a weighted combination of three elements:
The observing proposal will be for a telescope of your choice and on a topic of your choice, although it should not be identical to a research project or a qualifier paper you are already working on. Students who are pursuing research in astronomy may find their proposals can be revised and submitted for real at the relevant proposal deadlines. For any student who is not pursuing research in astronomy, I will provide a set of literature papers that can serve as a starting point for building up the requisite background knowledge.
The final exam will be closed-book and closed-note. The questions on the exam will be drawn from a list that I will provide you with in advance; they will not cover the topics of the "student choice" lecture.