ASTRONOMY 3019 Astronomy and Astrophysics II

Spring 2017

Instructor: Vicki Sarajedini 
Class time: M W F 1:55pm - 2:45pm Florida Gym 260
Text Book: Foundations of Astrophysics by Barbara Ryden and Bradley M. Peterson
Office: Bryant Space Science Center 211A
Office Hours: stop by or make an appointment
Office Telephone: 352-294-1863


This is an introductory course in Astronomy and Astrophysics designed for students majoring in astronomy, physics, math, or engineering. This course follows AST3018 and begins approximately where that course ends in astronomical topics. While the previous semester focused on stellar astrophysics and the interstellar medium, this course primarily focuses on Galactic and Extragalactic astrophysics and Cosmology. After a discussion of special and general relativity, we will discuss stellar remnants (Ch 18), then our Milky Way galaxy (Ch 19), followed by normal galaxies (Ch 20), active galaxies (Ch 21), and galaxy clusters and large scale structure (Ch 22). This leads to lectures on cosmology (Ch 23) and the History of the Universe (Ch 24). Finally, we end with an overview of the Solar System (Ch 8 - 12). You are encouraged to read ahead in the textbook to prepare for lectures and take notes during class. Most lectures will be presented in powerpoint and will be provided at the E-Learning Canvas website shortly after the class.

  • 2017 Syllabus

  • Class notes and assignments are all available through the E-Learning website

  • AST3019