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AST371: INTRODUCTION TO ASTROPHYSICS Instructor: Dr. Max Bonamente, OB212 Time: MW 02:20PM 03:40PM, MSC 109 Office hours: TR 1:00PM 3:00PM Textbook: An introduction to Modern Astrophysics , B. Carroll and D. Ostlie, Second Ed., ISBN 0-8053-0402-9 Class webpage: http://webpages.uah.edu/%7Ebonamem/AST371 Fall09/AST371 Fall09 index.html COURSE OUTLINE 1. Coordinate systems and dynamics Coordinate systems Kepler’s laws, the virial theorem Parallax, magnitude scales and distance modulus Elements of special relativity and superluminal motion Binary systems and orbits, eclipsing systems 2. Radiative processes Black-body radiation Quantization of energy, Bohr’s hydrogen model, spectral lines Detection of radiation and telescopes Classification of spellar spectra 3. Elements of stellar structure and evolution Radiative transfer Hydrostatic equilibrium and pressure scale height Adiabatic temperature gradients and polytropes Eddington limit, white dwarfs and neutron stars, degeneracy and Chandrasekhar limit
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