AY4 The Stars: Fall Term 2004

Instructor: Mike Bolte

TA : Max Comess

TA : Gabe Prochter

TA : Kate Rubin

The class is about stars -- how they form, live their lives, seed the interstellar medium with freshly-minted elements, and die. Amazingly, we understand the stellar lifecycle very well.

To get to the point where stars can be understood first requires some background in the physics of light, nuclear reactions, hydrostatic equilibrium, and a few other basic physical principles. This class is designed to be self-contained and all the physics required to understand stars will be developed along the way. A sub-theme throughout the class is understanding the way that science works and how scientists think.

This is a "Q" class for undergraduates at the University of California at Santa Cruz -- this means there is some quantitative analysis in the class.

Administrative Details

Class News

Reviews for Final: Monday, Dec 6, 2pm ISB 356 and Tuesday, 12:30pm Baskin 152

Optional Final: Wednesday, Dec 8, 4pm

  • Histogram of Summary scores

  • Scores Lab,Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4,Q5,TOTAL

    Spectra Lab

    Here is a chart of spectral lines from different elements.

  • Histogram of Quiz 1 scores

    Quiz 2 Results

  • Histogram of Quiz 2 scores

  • Scores Q1,Q2

    Quiz 3

  • Histogram of Quiz 3 scores

  • Histogram of Lab scores

    Quiz 4

  • Histogram of Quiz 4 scores

  • Histogram of Quiz 5 scores

  • Scores Lab,Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4

    PDF Periodic Table of the Elements

    The Class Lectures

    Quiz 1

    Quiz 2

    Quiz 3

    Quiz 4

    The Old Class Notes

    Astronomy-related links

    Mike Bolte HomePage