Stellar Structure and Stellar Evolution (Astronomy 411)
Mike Guidry
Fall, 2021
guidry@utk.edu (Office: South College 308)

http://eagle.phys.utk.edu/guidry/astro411/

MASKS ARE MANDATORY WHILE INSIDE BUILDINGS. GET VACCINATED! IF YOU AREN'T VACCINATED YOU ARE INFRINGING ON THE FREEDOM AND SAFETY OF EVERYONE ELSE IN THE CLASS.

Class Meeting Times

1:10-2:25 pm, 306 Nielsen Physics.

Grade

  1. Homework 30% (graded for completeness, not correctness, but solutions will be provided). 100% for homework turned in on time and complete. I reserve the option of assigning partial credit for late or incomplete assignments. Here is the homework assignment schedule. Note that this assignment schedule could be adjusted some as the semester proceeds, so you should always consult the online schedule before doing homework problems.

  2. Midterm Test 35%

  3. Final Test 35%

Optional Extra Credit

Up to 5 points added to final average for a presentation relevant to the subject matter of the class in a recognized seminar at UT, ORNL, or another relevant institution. Topic can be journal-club or research in nature. You must notify me of your intentions beforehand, so that I can approve the topic and schedule to attend.

Textbook:

Stars and Stellar Processes, Mike Guidry (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Chapters in lecture display format. These are the slides that I will use in lecture. They are a condensed version of the book content.

Turning in Assignments During the Pandemic:

We will handle all assignments (problems and tests) electronically. Since a large number of assignments must be processed, you are asked to adhere to this set of rules concerning turning in your homework and test assignments.

Student Conferences

I don't have set office hours but you may request an appointment at any time. I am fully vaccinated but I have no way to confirm a student's vaccination status. Thus all student conferences will be conducted by ZOOM. Send a request by email indicating what you would like to discuss and times you are available for the next week. I will respond with a proposed time and ZOOM link.

Supplemental:

Potentially useful Maple worksheets and tutorials (binary files, so transfer to your machine and open with Maple). The tutorials were written by others, not by me. The standalone Maple worksheets are mostly mine. Some may be not completely debugged and tested, so they have worked as tested but they are offered as-is with no warranties. UT has site licenses for Maple, MatLab, and Mathematica (see https://webapps.utk.edu/oit/softwaredistribution/). All are useful for problems of the sort encountered in this course and I encourage you to learn to use them if you haven't already. The free online resource WolframAlpha is also potentially useful for problems in this course. The free graphics package gnuplot is highly recommended for general scientific computing and graphics.

Also available are Supplemental tables and compilations that may be useful, particularly for working some problems.

Students with Disabilities

Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Student Disability Services in Dunford Hall, at 865-974-6087, or by video relay at, 865-622-6566, to coordinate reasonable academic accommodations.