AAA Late Spring 2017 Astronomy Class: Physics in Astronomy

A survey of the physics underlying astronomy.  Includes motion, forces, gravitation; lenses, light & electromagnetic waves, spectra, inverse square law and star brightness; temperatures of planets, stars, and space; relativity; orbits.   A calculator is needed for math examples.

Wednesday, March 22 – Mechanics of motion and force

Wednesday, March 29 – Lenses and telescopes

Wednesday, April 19 – Characteristics of light and electromagnetic waves

Wednesday, April 26 – Spectra

Wednesday, May 3 – Star brightness and temperature

Wednesday, May 10* – Primer on relativity

Wednesday, May 24 – Obtaining and describing orbits in space.


Time:  classes start at 6:30 PM and finish around 8:30 PM.

Location: all classes are held at Cicatelli Center, 505 8th Ave, at 35th St. in Manhattan, 20th Floor.  *Note: the  May 10 class will be in the Training Room on the 19th Floor.

Instructor: David Kiefer

David Kiefer holds various Masters degrees, including a M.S. in astronomy from the Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne, Australia. He has taught physics and astronomy at colleges in New York and New Jersey, and is presently a lecturer at City College and at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York. A member of the AAA, Mr. Kiefer observes regularly at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.