Principles of Astrophysics 342
Fall 2003


Course Supervisor and Lecturer: Prof. Jack Hughes, Busch Campus, Serin-307, Tel: (732)445-0980, e-mail:

Grader: Mr. Tian Feng, e-mail:

Textbook: An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, by B.W. Carroll & D.A. Ostlie (required) available from the bookstore.

Overview: The properties and processes of the solar system, the nature of galaxies, and cosmology.

Format: The course consists of 2 lectures each week given during period TTh5 (2:50PM - 4:10PM) in room 220 of the Science and Engineering Resource Center (SERC)(SEC), Busch Campus.

Homework Policy: Weekly homework (H/W) assignments will be posted on the Web. H/W is due by 4:30PM, Thursday, of the week indicated. NO LATE HOMEWORKS WILL BE ACCEPTED - NO EXCEPTIONS. Plan to hand in your H/W before class on Thursday. If you miss class on Thursday please leave your H/W in Hughes' mailbox in room 241 Serin or slip it under his office door (Serin 307W). Access to these parts of Serin are restricted after 4:30PM, so be sure to plan ahead!

Academic Integrity: The homework and exams you turn in must be your own, independent work. Violating this policy will be considered a breach of academic integrity. For more information on Rutgers' Academic Integrity Policy click here .

Grading and Assessment: Final grades will be based on the following elements (all exams will be closed book):

Announcements: Special announcements will be posted on the web. The home page for the course is

Office Hours: You may come by Prof. Hughes' office anytime or send him (simple) questions via e-mail.


Two terms of introductory physics, two terms of calculus and Ph 341. Primarily for science majors.

The address of this page is

Please send any comments to Jack Hughes,

Revised January 21, 2003