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Primary Program
Applied Physics
Course Format

In this course we explore the properties of stellar interiors in order to understand stellar structure and evolution. Our emphasis will be on the fundamental physics of matter and radiation at high pressure and temperature. Topics will include star formation by gravitational collapse, thermodynamics of matter and radiation, hydrostatic equilibrium, radiative and convective heat transport, energy production in stars (burning of Hydrogen, Helium, and advanced burning), endpoints of stellar evolution (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes). Familiarity with multi-variable calculus, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics at the undergraduate level is required.

Course Offerings

There are no sections currently offered, however you can view a sample syllabus from a prior section of this course.