The techniques and fundamental theories of modern astrophysics are covered, with special emphasis on the sun and stars. Topics include stellar structure, opacity of gases, radiative, and convective transfer of energy, spectroscopic technique, and interpretation of stellar spectra. Stellar and solar magnetism and the role of magnetic fields in stellar atmospheres are also discussed.
Course prerequisite(s): 
615.642 Electromagnetics, or the equivalent, and 615.654 Quantum Mechanics.