Astronomy 363: Stellar Astrophysics I
The star is the fundamental unit of astronomy. In this course, we will establish a basis for studying the Universe with a physical understanding of the nature of individual stars. We will begin with the observables: stellar properties we can ascertain through direct measurement. From there we will apply physical principles from mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum, atomic and nuclear physics to develop a physical understanding of the nature of stellar interiors. In the first semester of the year-long course, we will focus on the internal structure of an individual main sequence star.
Prerequisites: ASTR 132/142, PHSX 215N-217N, PHSX 343. Corequisite: M 273 (Multivariable Calculus).