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Astronomy 120. Stellar Physics

Catalog Number: 58719
Alicia M. Soderberg
For Undergraduates and Graduates
Half course
(spring term).
Tu., Th., 11:30-1 pm
Exam Group: 15
Stars are the basic building blocks of galaxies and are responsible for the nucleosynthesis of most of the elements. Topics include stellar structure; energy transport in stars; stellar atmospheres; astroseismology; nuclear fusion in stars; stellar evolution; nucleosynthesis of the elements; stellar death and supernovae; the degenerate remnants of stars; black holes. This course will make use of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics, but will review these subjects as necessary.
Note: Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisites: Astronomy 16. Physics 15c strongly recommended.