Spring 2017, MWF 9:05 - 9:55am, Howey Building S106

PHYS 4347: Fundamentals of Astrophysics


Image: Helix nebula / NASA / WIYN / NOAO

Instructor: Tamara Bogdanović

Office location: 1-62 Boggs Building

Phone: 404-385-0113

Email: tamarab [at] gatech [dot] edu

Office hours: Mondays 10:00 - 11:00am or by appointment

Syllabus is available on T-Square

Description: This is a semester-long, calculus based course about astrophysical sources and phenomena that involve physics under the most extreme conditions. These include supernovae, neutron stars, black holes, gamma-ray bursts and active galactic nuclei. The course builds upon the concepts of classical and modern physics (Physics I, II and 2213), stellar structure and evolution (Physics 3021) and calculus, which constitute pre-requisite knowledge.

Primary textbook: Introduction to High-Energy Astrophysics, 6th edition by Stephan Rosswog and Marcus Brüggen  (Cambridge Univ. Press, edition 2011 for paperback)

Other suggested textbooks:

  1. Modern physics, 6th edition by P. A. Tipler and R. A. Llewellyn (W.H. Freeman and Company, 2012) – for review of topics in Modern Physics

  2. Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd or 4th edition by S. T. Thornton and A.Rex (Brooks/Cole) – alternative source for review of topics in Modern Physics