Instructor: Eugene Chiang
Office: Hearst Field Annex D29B
Phone: 701-5996 (email is preferable)
Class Time and Place: Tue/Thur 12:30-2:00 in 160 KroeberGraduate Student Instructors:
TALC is held Wed 5-7 PM in 264 Evans starting Wed Aug 29.
Historically, students who attend TALC regularly do better in the course. However, it is crucial that you actively participate in TALC, and not just copy or passively absorb the answers to HW questions from others. Towards this end, you must start the HW problems before you come to TALC.Class Home Page: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~echiang/Astro7A/7A.html
Homeworks, solutions and other course material will be posted on the website regularly.
Text: Choose one (or both) of the following:
Readings from Ryden and Peterson (RP) are scheduled for every lecture day. Please keep up.
Readings from Carroll and Ostlie (CO) are scheduled for every lecture day. Please keep up.Optional Text:
course provides an introduction to astrophysics,
emphasizing the application of basic physics to the
understanding of astronomical objects. We treat
astronomical measurements; the interaction of matter with radiation;
orbital dynamics; and thermodynamics. We conclude with stars:
their formation, structure, and evolution. We also study
how stars "die" and are transformed into compact objects:
white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes.
Lecture topics (see below) will follow some of the text by RP and CO,
but will sometimes diverge. The presentation will differ
from the textbook.
Physics 7A & 7B (7B may be taken concurrently).
This course uses calculus, vectors, and scientific
notation (10nx10m=10m+n). If you think you would
prefer a less mathematical introduction to astronomy,
consider taking Astro 10.
FIELD TRIP: There will be a field trip on SUNDAY SEP 23 to Lick Observatory on nearby Mt. Hamilton. This facility contains a number of telescopes used by UC astronomers in their research, including a 3m diameter telescope and a fully robotic telescope. PLEASE EMAIL NICK AND EVE IF YOU CAN PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO MOUNT HAMILTON!
is due at 11:30 am Thursday starting Aug 30. It should be placed in the
special boxes inside Hearst Field Annex Building B, in the front office (walk to your left upon entering). The boxes will be marked Astro 7A with the
appropriate sections. Do not place your homework in any of the other
boxes which are for Astro 10. The homework will be picked up by the
grader soon after 11:30 am Thursday. Late homework will not be
If you miss an exam you
receive zero credit for that portion of the course grade. No
make-up exams will be given. If you miss the
final exam for a good and well-documented
reason, your grade will be an Incomplete.
Exam Dates (midterms are held in class unless
Write your name and section (and date & time) on each homework and please staple your sheets together.
Please start the homework questions yourself, independently of other students.
If, after serious effort, you remain unsure of how to proceed, you are welcome to discuss the homework with classmates or instructors. Under all circumstances, the answers must be written up individually.
Last modified: Tue Aug 21 13:32:34 PDT 2012
If you miss an exam you will receive zero credit for that portion of the course grade. No make-up exams will be given. If you miss the final exam for a good and well-documented reason, your grade will be an Incomplete.
Exam Dates (midterms are held in class unless otherwise noted):