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 not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be 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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