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Astronomy 383D - Fall 2007
STELLAR STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION
MWF 10:00-11:00 · RLM 16.216B · Unique No. 50675


Professor

Volker Bromm

Office: RLM 16.214
Hours: TBA
Phone: (512) 471-3432
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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 Co-op):

  • Hansen/Kawaler/Trimble (HKT), Stellar Interiors (2nd edition), Springer
There are two optional/recommended texts (also available at the Co-op):
  • 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, Wiley-VCH
GRADING: The final grade will be based on a point system:

In-class 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 high-level 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.




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