8.284 Modern Astrophysics
Applications of physics (Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics) to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects. Includes main-sequence stars, collapsed stars (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), pulsars, supernovae, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and as time permits, active galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. Observational data discussed. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required.
8.284 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by N. Weinberg.
Lecture occurs 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 8-205.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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