Introduction to Modern Astrophysics

ISBN-10: 0805304029
ISBN-13: 9780805304022
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $232.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 7/18/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1400
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 5.236
Language: English

An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the dramatic changes and advancements in astrophysics that have occurred over the past decade. The Second Edition of this market-leading book has been updated to include the latest results from relevant fields of astrophysics and advances in our theoretical understanding of astrophysical phenomena. Designed for sophomore-level astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors,An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics is now offered in two derivative versions: Introduction to Modern Stellar Astrophysics, Second Edition and Introduction to Modern Galactic Astrophysics and Cosmology, Second Edition. The core text is geared for courses in stellar structure and evolution, while the briefer books provide additional coverage of the solar system, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, dynamics, evolution, and cosmology.

Preface
The Tools of Astronomy
The Celestial Sphere
The Greek Tradition
The Copernican Revolution
Positions on the Celestial Sphere
Physics and Astronomy
Celestial Mechanics
Elliptical Orbits
Newtonian Mechanics
Kepler's Laws Derived
The Virial Theorem
The Continuous Spectrum of Light
Stellar Parallax
The Magnitude Scale
The Wave Nature of Light
Blackbody Radiation
The Quantization of Energy
The Color Index
The Theory of Special Relativity
The Failure of the Galilean Transformations
The Lorentz Transformations
Time and Space in Special Relativity
Relativistic Momentum and Energy
The Interaction of Light and Matter
Spectral Lines
Photons
The Bohr Model of the Atom
Quantum Mechanics and Wave-Particle Duality
Telescopes
Basic Optics
Optical Telescopes
Radio Telescopes
Infrared, Ultraviolet, X-ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy
All-Sky Surveys and Virtual Observatories
The Nature of Stars
Binary Systems and Stellar Parameters
The Classification of Binary Stars
Mass Determination Using Visual Binaries
Eclipsing, Spectroscopic Binaries
The Search for Extrasolar Planets
The Classification of Stellar Spectra
The Formation of Spectral Lines
The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram
Stellar Atmospheres
The Description of the Radiation Field
Stellar Opacity
Radiative Transfer
The Transfer Equation
The Profiles of Spectral Lines
The Interiors of Stars
Hydrostatic Equilibrium
Pressure Equation of State
Stellar Energy Sources
Energy Transport and Thermodynamics
Stellar Model Building
The Main Sequence
The Sun
The Solar Interior
The Solar Atmosphere
The Solar Cycle
The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation
Interstellar Dust and Gas
The Formation of Protostars
Pre-Main-Sequence Evolution
Main Sequence and Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution
Evolution on the Main Sequence
Late Stages of Stellar Evolution
Stellar Clusters
Stellar Pulsation
Observations of Pulsating Stars
The Physics of Stellar Pulsation
Modeling Stellar Pulsation
Nonradial Stellar Pulsation
Helioseismology and Asteroseismology
The Fate of Massive Stars
Post-Main-Sequence Evolution of Massive Stars
The Classification of Supernovae
Core-Collapse Supernovae
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Cosmic Rays
The Degenerate Remnants of Stars
The Discovery of Sirius B
White Dwarfs
The Physics of Degenerate Matter
The Chandrasekhar Limit
The Cooling of White Dwarfs
Neutron Stars
Pulsars
General Relativity and Black Holes
The General Theory of Relativity
Intervals and Geodesics
Black Holes
Close Binary Star Systems
Gravity in a Close Binary Star System
Accretion Disks
A Survey of Interacting Binary Systems
White Dwarfs in Semidetached Binaries
Type Ia Supernovae
Neutron Stars and Black Holes in Binaries
The Solar System
Physical Processes in the Solar System
A Brief Survey
Tidal Forces
The Physics of Atmospheres
The Terrestrial Planets
Mercury
Venus
Earth
The Moon
Mars
The Realms of the Giant Planets
The Giant Worlds
The Moons of the Giants
Planetary Ring Systems
Minor Bodies of the Solar System
Pluto and Charon
Comets and Kuiper Belt Objects
Asteroids
Meteorites
Formation of Planetary Systems
Characteristics of Extrasolar Planetary Systems
Planetary System Formation and Evolution
Galaxies and the Universe
The Milky Way Galaxy
Counting the Stars in the Sky
The Morphology of the Galaxy
The Kinematics of the Milky Way
The Galactic Center
The Nature of Galaxies
The Hubble Sequence
Spiral and Irregular Galaxies
Spiral Structure
Elliptical Galaxies
Galactic Evolution
Interactions of Galaxies
The Formation of Galaxies
The Structure of the Universe
The Extragalactic Distance Scale
The Expansion of the Universe
Clusters of Galaxies
Active Galaxies
Observations of Active Galaxies
A Unified Model of Active Galactic Nuclei
Radio Lobes and Jets
Using Quasars to Probe the Universe
Cosmology
Newtonian Cosmology
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Relativistic Cosmology
Observational Cosmology
The Early Universe
The Very Early Universe and Inflation
The Origin of Structure
Astronomical and Physical Constants
Unit Conversions
Solar System Data
The Constellations
The Brightest Stars
The Nearest Stars
Stellar Data
The Messier Catalog
Constants, A Programming Module
Orbit, A Planetary Orbit Code
TwoStars, A Binary Star Code
StatStar, A Stellar Structure Code
Galaxy, A Tidal Interaction Code
WMAP Data
Suggested Reading
Index

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