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Astrophysics in a Nutshell

ISBN-10: 0691125848
ISBN-13: 9780691125848
Edition: 2007
Authors: Dan Maoz
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Description: A concise but thorough introduction to the observational data and theoretical concepts underlying modern astronomy, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is designed for advanced undergraduate science majors taking a one-semester course. This well-balanced and  More...

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.914

A concise but thorough introduction to the observational data and theoretical concepts underlying modern astronomy, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is designed for advanced undergraduate science majors taking a one-semester course. This well-balanced and up-to-date textbook covers the essentials of modern astrophysics--from stars to cosmology--emphasizing the common, familiar physical principles that govern astronomical phenomena, and the interplay between theory and observation.In addition to traditional topics such as stellar remnants, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, Astrophysics in a Nutshell introduces subjects at the forefront of modern research, including black holes, dark matter, gravitational lensing, and dark energy, all updated with some of the latest observational results. To aid physical understanding, mathematical derivations are kept as simple, short, and clear as possible, and order-of-magnitude estimates, dimensional analysis, and scaling arguments are frequently used. These no-nonsense, "back-of-the-envelope" calculations train students to think like physicists. The book is amply illustrated with simple, clear figures and each chapter ends with a set of problems. In addition to serving as a course textbook, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is an ideal review for a qualifying exam and a handy reference for teachers and researchers.The most concise and up-to-date astrophysics textbook for science majors Contains a broad and well-balanced choice of traditional subjects and current research topics Uses simple, short, and clear derivations of physical results Trains students in the essential skills of order-of-magnitude?analysis Includes teaching problems with each chapter

Preface
Constants and Units
Introduction
Observational Techniques
Problems
Stars: Basic Observations
Review of Blackbody Radiation
Measurement of Stellar Parameters
The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Problems
Stellar Physics
Hydrostatic Equilibrium and the Virial Theorem
Mass Continuity
Radiative Energy Transport
Energy Conservation
The Equations of Stellar Structure
The Equation of State
Opacity
Scaling Relations on the Main Sequence
Nuclear Energy Production
Nuclear Reaction Rates
Solution of the Equations of Stellar Structure
Convection
Problems
Stellar Evolution and Stellar Remnants
Stellar Evolution
White Dwarfs
Supernovae and Neutron Stars
Pulsars and Supernova Remnants
Black Holes
Interacting Binaries
Problems
Star Formation, H II Regions, and the Interstellar Medium
Cloud Collapse and Star Formation
H II Regions
Components of the Interstellar Medium
Dynamics of Star-forming Regions
Problems
The Milky Way and Other Galaxies
Structure of the Milky Way
Galaxy Demographics
Active Galactic Nuclei and Quasars
Groups and Clusters of Galaxies
Problems
Cosmology: Basic Observations
The Olbers Paradox
Extragalactic Distances
Hubble's Law
Age of the Universe from Cosmic Clocks
Isotropy of the Universe
Problems
Big Bang Cosmology
The Friedmann-Robertson-Walker Metric
The Friedmann Equations
History and Future of the Universe
A Newtonian Derivation of the Friedmann Equations
Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe
Problems
Tests and Probes of Big Bang Cosmology
Cosmological Redshift and Hubble's Law
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Anisotropy of the Microwave Background
Nucleosynthesis of the Light Elements
Quasars and Other Distant Sources as Cosmological Probes
Problems
Recommended Reading and Websites
Index

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