## Introduction to Astrophysics: Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Math 211

Corequisite: Phys 202 or Chem 312.

This course is considerably more quantitative than ASTR 201 (Stars,
Galaxies and the Universe). Most students find ASTR 350 to be
challenging because it draws from several areas of physics
and mathematics. It is, however, an introductory course that
assumes no knowledge of astronomy on the part of the student.
As such, ASTR 350 and 360 together are the quantitative
counterpart to a typical introductory survey class like ASTR 201.

Physics/Chemistry: In addition to the basics of mechanics, optics, waves,
and E&M, it will be necessary to use some of the concepts of modern
physics in this class. For this reason Phys 202 or Chem 312 are listed as Co-reqs.
The modern physics requirement can be waived for a motivated student,
but such a student will need to work harder to keep up with the material
in the course.

Mathematics: We will use multivariable calculus throughout the course,
and will occasionally need to solve a differential equation. Some equations
may need to be solved numerically on the computer.

Sometimes we'll need to use more advanced concepts of mathematics
and modern physics than those covered by the pre- and co-reqs, and
will develop these as necessary.