Courses of Study 2014-2015 
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Courses of Study 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASTRO 4431 - Introduction to Astrophysics and Space Sciences

Fall. 4 credits.

Prerequisite: mathematics above 2000 level, physics above 3000 level. Recommended prerequisite: PHYS 4443 .

J. Lunine.

Overview of modern astrophysical concepts for physical science majors. Major topics include stellar formation, structure, and evolution; stellar atmospheres; compact objects (white dwarf, neutron star, and black holes); planets; and brown dwarfs. Current research problems in these areas are introduced along the way. The emphasis is on using fundamental principles of physics to explain astronomical phenomena. A variety of physics, including elements of atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics and fluid mechanics, are introduced or reviewed in a quick, practical fashion to be put to use in solving astrophysics puzzles.

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