Astrophysics is a very large subject, so we shall only be able to touch on a few topics of mutual interest. We shall begin with a review of some basic radiative transfer, and then study some applications of scattering, particularly as applied to x-ray sources. The main reference for this part of the course if Rybicki and Lightman. A few assignments will be from Shu's book.
Then we shall study fluid dynamics as applied to astrophysical situations. We'll look at supernovae, HII regions, accretion flows and stellar winds, and accretion disks.
Problems will be assigned throughout the semester. Assignments turned in late will be accepted only under exceptional circumstances.
Please note that many of the assignments will involve a computer calculation. Computers are an essential tool of all astrophysicists. You should have some familiarity with at least one computer language such as C, FORTRAN, BASIC, IDL , or a math package such as MATHEMATICA or MAPLE. Computers may also be used to construct plots and diagrams in other assignments.
Please feel free to discuss all aspects of the class with me at any time. Discuss the homework problems among yourselves as well as with me. Try to attend published office hours, but also feel free to knock on my door whenever I am there (I'll tell you if I am busy!). It's usually a good idea to make an appointment.
As graduate students, more is expected of you. You may find it helpful, indeed necessary, to use reference materials other than the assigned texts. I may include journal articles as assigned reading to be discussed in class. You will need to become proficient at using the Astophysics Data System. We'll discuss this in class.
The topic statement should be about a page long (typed, double-spaced) and should include at least one reference. You may choose to do a review, or to complete an original project.
The abstract should be at least a full paragraph. The outline should indicate section and subsection headings. You should have at least a half dozen references by this time.
A 1st draft should be a complete paper, with references and figures. You may have some calculations to complete or a few ideas still to include. Figures may need further work.
A suitable paper will be 15-30 pages (typed, double-spaced) and will include technical material appropriate to a graduate-level Physics class.
The 2nd draft should be your final paper, and should be essentially complete. It should include response to my comments on the first draft, but may need a final polish.