ASTR 3730
Astrophysics 1 - Stellar and Interstellar

Fall 2016
Prof. Webster Cash

This is a course in introductory Astrophysics, designed to approach the subject in greater depth than is provided by the elementary, introductory courses. It starts with an overview of the mechanisms for the creation of photons in astronomical objects, and moves on to apply the general framework to understanding modern astrophysics.

We discuss the Sun as a star, and then generalize to other stars. We cover the processes of stellar evolution. This leads to discussion of exotic objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, supernovae and mass transfer binaries. For each of these, elementary formulas for predicting behavior are developed. We conclude with a discussion of the Milky Way galaxy and its interstellar medium, which provides a natural link to the spring course in extragalactic astronomy (ASTR 3830).
No prior knowledge of astronomy is needed. However, basic physics, algebra, and mathematical formulae are used extensively.

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