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Spring 2016-2017
AST 403 / PHY 402   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Stars and Star Formation

Adam S. Burrows
Bruce T. Draine

Stars form by the gravitational collapse of interstellar gas clouds, and as they evolve, return some of their gas to the interstellar medium, altering its physical state and chemical composition. This course discusses the properties and evolution of the gaseous and stellar components of a galaxy: the theory and observations of star formation; stellar structure; the production of energy by nucleosynthesis; stellar evolution; stellar end states; and the interpretation of observations of the diffuse and dense interstellar medium. We will discuss how major telescopes and space missions might tackle these problems.

Sample reading list:
Draine, Bruce T., Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium
Kippenhahn & Weigert, & Weiss 2nd Ed., Stellar Structure and Evolution
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Bi-weekly homework: 30-50 pages of reading per week

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 35%
Problem set(s) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
MAT 201, 202, PHY 203, 208.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40379 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Peyton Hall   140   Enrolled:13 Limit:25