**Lecturer:**Professor Randall J. Scalise**Lecture meeting times and place:**TR 11:00AM - 12:20PM in room 26 Fondren Science Building**Office hours:**Monday noon-1pm in room 107 Fondren Science and by appointment.**Contact:**- Call or leave a message at 768-2504, or
- Leave a note in the Physics Department Office - 102 Fondren Science, or
- send me e-mail: <scalise@smu.edu>

**Text:***Astrophysics in a Nutshell*by Dan Maoz

**Grading:**- Homework 60%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Presentation 20%

**Syllabus****Homework Assignments**Due dates are strictly enforced.- Assignment #1: Read Maoz chapter 1, do problems 1 and 2 - due Friday 31 August 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #2: Read Maoz chapter 2, do problems 1-5 - due Friday 7 September 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #3: Read Maoz chapter 3 up to section 3.6, do problems 1-5 - due Friday 14 September 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #4: Finish reading Maoz chapter 3, do problems 6-7 - due Friday 21 September 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #5: Start reading Maoz chapter 4, do chapter 3 problems 8-9 - due Friday 28 September 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #6: Finish reading Maoz chapter 4, do problems 1-3 - due Friday 5 October 2012 at 5:00pm
- No homework due on Friday 12 October 2012 because of the midterm exam on 11 October.
- No homework due on Friday 19 October 2012 because of Fall Break.
- Assignment #7: - Finish reading Maoz chapter 4, do problems 4-6 - due Friday 26 October 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #8: - Read Maoz chapter 7 and Ryden chapter 1 and chapter section 2.1, do Ryden chapter 2 problem 1 and verify with Monte Carlo computer code - due Friday 2 November 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #9: - Read Maoz chapter 8, do is Middle Earth flat? - due Friday 9 November 2012 at 5:00pm
- Assignment #10: - Finish reading Maoz chapter 8, do problems 7-3, 8-1 - due Friday 16 November 2012 at 5:00pm
- No homework due on Friday 23 November 2012 because of Thanksgiving.
- Assignment #11: - Do problems 8-2 and 8-3 - due Friday 30 November 2012 at 5:00pm

- Homework solutions

- Midterm Exam - Thursday 11 October 2012 in class
**Links:**- Red Giants and White Dwarfs Make Explosive Stellar Pairings
- Olbers' Paradox - Minute Physics
- Olbers' Paradox from Wikipedia
- How many neutrinos in the sky? Three. Dammit.

**Recommended Reading:**- Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation by Alan P. Lightman, William H. Press, Richard H. Price, and Saul A. Teukolsky
*Introduction to Cosmology*by Barbara Ryden*The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe*by Steven Weinberg*Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy*by Kip Thorne*Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity*by Edwin F. Taylor and John Archibald Wheeler*Einstein for Everyone*by John D. Norton*Dark Matter*by Don Lincoln*MIT open Quantum Mechanics**Leonard Susskind's General Relativity*- A History of Dark Matter by Gianfranco Bertone and Dan Hooper
- Lectures on Inflation by Leonardo Senatore
- Introduction to General Relativity by Gerard 't Hooft
- Lecture Notes on General Relativity by Sean M. Carroll
- Expanding Confusion
- Modified Gravity vs Particle Dark Matter. The Plot Thickens.
- Warping Spacetime by Kip Thorne

- Cosmology - Leonard Susskind (2009)
- Cosmology - Leonard Susskind (2013)

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