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Astronomy : Physical Perspective

Astronomy : Physical Perspective - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0521529273

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ISBN13: 978-0521529273
ISBN10: 0521529271

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
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Astronomy : Physical Perspective - 2ND 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521529273

Marc Kutner

ISBN13: 978-0521529273
ISBN10: 0521529271

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

This revised and updated comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena applies basic physical principles to a variety of situations. Students learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world with the help of useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets. It will be suitable for undergraduate students taking a first course in astronomy, and assumes a basic knowledge of physics with calculus.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I. Properties of Ordinary Stars:

2. Continuous radiation from stars
3. Spectral Lines in stars
4. Telescopes
5. Binary stars and stellar masses
6. The Sun: a typical star

Part II. Relativity:

7. Special relativity
8. General relativity

Part III. Stellar Evolution:

9. The main sequence
10. Stellar old age
11. The death of high mass stars
12. Evolution in close binaries
13. Clusters of stars

Part IV. The Milky Way:

14. Contents of the interstellar medium
15. Star formation
16. The Milky Way galaxy

Part V. The Universe at Large:

17. Normal galaxies
18. Clusters of galaxies
19. Active galaxies
20. Cosmology
21. The Big Bang

Part VI. The Solar System:

22. Overview of the solar system
23. The Earth and Moon
24. The inner planets
25. The outer planets
26. Minor bodies in the solar system
27. The origin of life

Appendices.