Astr 420: Stellar Astrophysics


This course will provide an introduction to stellar astrophysics. Starting with the Boltzman and Saha equations, continuum and line opacity and the growth of spectral lines will be discussed. We will examine energy transfer and hydrostatic equilibrium in main sequence and evolving stars, with particular attention to solar physics, stellar pulsations, and the degenerate remnants of stars. Students will read and interpret key, current, professional papers in astrophysics.  There will be a strong emphasis in the course on student participation and computational applications. 

Most Fridays, we will meet in TH123 (the computer lab). Grades will be based on homework (including computer programs), final and midterm exams, and an oral, in-class presentation.