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syllabus - Physics 441/541 Introductory Astrophysics Spring...

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Unformatted text preview: Physics 441/541 Introductory Astrophysics Spring 2011 Dr. Tad Pryor 302W Serin Physics Lab 445-5500 x5462 [email protected] Overview: This is a combined undergraduate/graduate course on the structure and evolution of stars. The development of our understanding ofars was one of the greatest successes of astrophysics in the 20 th century and this understanding underlies most of our knowledge of the universe. However, some uncertainties remain. Examples are the synthesis of the elements, the structure of rapidly rotating stars, the evolution of interacting binary stars, and the formation of the first stars in the universe. This course begins with the properties of stars and how these are determined. It will then cover topics in stellar structure and evolution. An approximate calendar giving the subjects to be discussed is on the back of this page. Junior-level courses in atomic physics and electromagnetism are prerequisites for this course....
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