Astrophysics I: Stars and Stellar Evolution

451H
The application of physics to the understanding of astronomical phenomena. Physical principles governing the properties of stars, their formation and evolution: radiation laws and the determination of stellar temperatures and luminosities; Newton's laws and the determination of stellar masses; hydrostatic equation and the themodynamics of gas and radiation; nuclear fusion and stellar energy generation; physics of degenerate matter and the evolution of stars to white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes; nucleosynthesis in supernova explosions; dynamics of mass transfer in binary systems; viscous accretion disks in star formation and X-ray binaries.

Prerequisites: 

4 semesters of physics. PHYSICS 421 or equivalent strongly recommended.

Credits: 

4

Level: 

Undergraduate

Availability: 

Fall