8.901 Astrophysics I

Class Info

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. Stellar structure equations and survey of stellar evolution. Stellar oscillations. Degenerate and collapsed stars; radio pulsars. Interacting binary systems; accretion disks, x-ray sources. Gravitational lenses; dark matter. Interstellar medium: HII regions, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, dust; radiative transfer; Jeans' mass; star formation. High-energy astrophysics: Compton scattering, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, cosmic rays. Galactic stellar distributions and populations; Oort constants; Oort limit; and globular clusters.

This class has no prerequisites.

8.901 will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by S. Hughes.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 26-328.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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