Professor
Volker Bromm
Office: RLM 16.214
Hours: TBA
Phone: (512) 4713432
email
Course Website


COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The physics of stars is a fantastic subject. We will
cover: The basic principles of stellar structure. Stellar evolution from
the Hayashi track to compact remnants. Stellar models. Stellar stability
and pulsations. Stellar rotation and magnetic fields. The physics of
star formation. The formation and properties of the first stars (Pop III).
TEXTS:
The required text is (available at the Coop):
 Hansen/Kawaler/Trimble (HKT), Stellar Interiors (2nd edition),
Springer
There are two optional/recommended texts (also available at the Coop):
 Bodenheimer et al., Numerical Methods in Astrophysics, Taylor & Francis
 Kippenhahn, 100 Billion Suns, Princeton
In addition, you might find useful (on the reserve shelf in Peridier):
 A.C. Phillips, The Physics of Stars (2nd edition), Wiley
 Kippenhahn & Weigert, Stellar Structure and Evolution, Springer
 Stahler & Palla, The Formation of Stars, WileyVCH
GRADING: The final grade will be based on a point system:
Inclass Exam


30

Numerical Project


30

4 Problems Sets


40

HOMEWORK AND PROJECT:
The 4 smaller problem sets and the one more extended project will
contain analytical and numerical parts. I assume that you know one
highlevel language (C, Fortran, IDL, Mathematica, ...), enabling
you to solve problems numerically. Please ask if you feel you need
to catch up on your computer literacy. I will be glad to suggest
ways to quickly get up to speed if necessary.
The following grading scheme will be used:
A

=

85  100

B

=

70  84

C

=

60  69

D

=

50  59

Any score below 50 is failing.

