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ISBN13: 978-0521525718

ISBN10: 0521525713

Edition: 03

Copyright: 2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2003

International: No

ISBN10: 0521525713

Edition: 03

Copyright: 2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2003

International: No

Astronomy describes the mechanics of the universe in the more basic language of physics, otherwise known as "astrophysics". Knowledge of black holes, quasars and extrasolar planets requires understanding of the physics underlying astrophysics. This book clarifies the fundamental principles of the field as well as the important astronomical phenomena it describes. Readers will gain a greater appreciation of the connection between physics and astronomy.

Preface

**Pt. I Classical mechanics **

1 Orbital mechanics

2 Galaxy dynamics

3 Cosmic expansion and large scale structure

**Pt. II Statistical mechanics **

4 Overview of statistical mechanics

5 The early Universe

6 Stellar structure and compact stars

**Pt. III Electromagnetism **

7 Radiation from accelerating charges

8 Bremsstrahlung and synchrontron radiation

9 High energy processes in astrophysics

10 Electromagnetic wave propagation

**Pt. IV Quantum mechanics **

11 The hydrogen atom

12 The interaction of radiation with matter

13 Atomic fine structure lines

14 Atomic hyperfine lines

15 Transitions involving multi-electron atoms

16 Molecular lines in astrophysics

Index

ISBN10: 0521525713

Edition: 03

Copyright: 2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2003

International: No

Astronomy describes the mechanics of the universe in the more basic language of physics, otherwise known as "astrophysics". Knowledge of black holes, quasars and extrasolar planets requires understanding of the physics underlying astrophysics. This book clarifies the fundamental principles of the field as well as the important astronomical phenomena it describes. Readers will gain a greater appreciation of the connection between physics and astronomy.

Table of Contents

Preface

**Pt. I Classical mechanics **

1 Orbital mechanics

2 Galaxy dynamics

3 Cosmic expansion and large scale structure

**Pt. II Statistical mechanics **

4 Overview of statistical mechanics

5 The early Universe

6 Stellar structure and compact stars

**Pt. III Electromagnetism **

7 Radiation from accelerating charges

8 Bremsstrahlung and synchrontron radiation

9 High energy processes in astrophysics

10 Electromagnetic wave propagation

**Pt. IV Quantum mechanics **

11 The hydrogen atom

12 The interaction of radiation with matter

13 Atomic fine structure lines

14 Atomic hyperfine lines

15 Transitions involving multi-electron atoms

16 Molecular lines in astrophysics

Index

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