A quantitative exploration of the Universe, emphasizing how the fusion of classical and modern physics is used to explain and elucidate the phenomena presented in previous courses. Topics include the interaction of light and matter; stellar structure and evolution including supernovae and compact objects; detailed processes in the interstellar medium; the structure and evolution of galaxies including star-forming regions, active-galactic nuclei, and dark matter; and large-scale structure. Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: AST 210 and PHY 220
Spring semester. Sugerman. Offered 2008-09 and alternate years.