Frontiers of Astrophysics
天体物理前沿
2016 spring semester
Information
Responsible teacher: Zhuo Li (黎卓) (Rm 108, KIAA bldg; zhuo.li@pku.edu.cn; phone 62754891).
Time: 8:009:50am, Friday.
Place: Rm 2907, Dept of Astronomy, No. 2 Science Building (理科2号楼9层2907室).
Course description
This course aims at the beginners, senior undergraduates and firstyear postgraduates, who have little experience in astrophysics research. The class consists of a series of lectures covering many active fields in astrophysics. Each week there will be one focused topic, presented by one of KIAA and DoA faculty, or astronomers from the other institutes. The inclass teaching leaves a significant fraction of time for free discussions and for questions from students. At the end of the course, the students are expected to grasp the general ideas and status of the advanced topics in modern astrophysics.
Schedule
Date 
Lecturer 
Topic 
Feb 26 
Kejia Lee 

March 4 
Subo Dong 

11 
Luis Ho 

18 
Richard de Grijs 

25 
Jie Wang (NAOC) 

April 1 
Jifeng Liu (NAOC) 

8 
Yingjie Peng 

15 
Zhuo Li 

22 
 
PKU sports meeting 
29 
Gregory Herczeg 

May 6 
Dong Xu (NAOC) 

13 
Jianning Fu (BNU) 

20 
Ran Wang 

27 
Stephen Justham (NAOC) 

June 3 
Houjun Mo (UMass/THU) 

10 
Gongbo Zhao (NAOC) 

17 


24 

Exam 
Homework
For graduates:
The lectures are divided into five groups as below. Write one report for one lecture selected from each group. The length of the report is no less than 1 page but no more than 2 pages, with 12pt/小四 size. The submissions are due on the next Tuesday of the selected lecture, and please submit in the class. The reports should summarize the basic points known, the open questions and possible methods/ways to solve them.
1. Planets/stars: 3/4, 3/18, 4/29
2. Galaxies: 3/11, 4/8, 5/20
3. Cosmology: 3/25, 6/3, 6/10
4. Compact objects: 2/26, 4/1, 5/13
5. High energy: 4/15, 5/6, 5/27
For undergraduates:
Write two reports according to two lectures you select, one is from the first half of the lecture series and another from the second half. The due time for the first one is 29 April; the second is 17 June, the date of the final exam. Summarize what you learn from the lecture and what and why interest you. The length of one report is about 2 pages with 12pt/小四 size.
The final grade for this course will be determined roughly as the following.
For graduates:
Homework: 75%  About five written reports; finish on time as request.
Participation: 25%  Attend and participate; be active in question time.
For undergraduates:
Homework: 30%
Participation: 20%  Ask 5 questions in the whole semester to get full score.
Exam: 50%