Teaching
Data Science Challenges in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences  (DATA_SCI 401)

Data Science Challenges in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences (DATA_SCI 401)

 

Domain-focused projects in Physics & Astronomy (P&A) and Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), team-taught by Vicky Kalogera and Suzan van der Lee (EPS). This course covers one quarter of material, spread over Fall and Winter every year, to allow alignment and further interdisciplinary integration with tangential courses DATA_SCI-421 and DATA_SCI-422.

Freshman Seminar on Cosmic Extremes and Record Holders (ASTRON 106)

Freshman Seminar on Cosmic Extremes and Record Holders (ASTRON 106)

 

Exploration of what is understood aboutĀ stellar nurseries, deaths, collisions, neutron stars, black holes, accreting white dwarfs, quasars, and gamma-ray burstsĀ and why they hold cosmic records as the most massive, energetic, shortest, furthest, or brightest objects and events in our natural universe.

 

Stellar Astrophysics (ASTRON 325/425)

Stellar Astrophysics (ASTRON 325/425)


Physics of stellar interiors, stellar atmospheres, and star formation. Specific topics covered include: simple stellar models, nuclear energy generation, overview of evolutionary phases, white dwarfs, neutron stars, interstellar gas and dust grains, gravitational collapse.

Astrophysics for Integrated Science Program (ASTRON 331)

Astrophysics for Integrated Science Program (ASTRON 331)


A broad survey of astronomy topics, from stars and compact objects to galaxies and cosmology.

Introduction to Computational Physics (PHYS 352)

Introduction to Computational Physics (PHYS 352)


Introduction to computing and its application to physics. Topics covered include Monte Carlo simulation of physical systems and numerical integration of equations of motion, discrete element methods in electromagnetism, simulation of simply nonlinear systems, neural networks, statistical and graphical representation of data.

Advanced Seminar on Compact Objects (ASTRON 441)

Advanced Seminar on Compact Objects (ASTRON 441)


Specialized lectures on current research topics in observational and theoretical astrophysics.

Stellar Structure and Evolution (ASTRON 443)

Stellar Structure and Evolution (ASTRON 443)


Thermodynamics of stellar interiors, equations of stellar structure and radiation transfer, stellar atmospheres, thermonuclear reactions, weak interactions and nucleosynthesis, stellar stability and pulsation, evolution of binaries. Special topics may include novae and supernovae, stellar rotation, stellar magnetic fields, and cooling of neutron stars, white dwarfs, and brown dwarfs.

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