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An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution
Get this from a library! An introduction to the theory of stellar structure and evolution. The theory of stellar structure and evolution is elegant and impressively powerful. Bringing together all branches of physics, it is able to predict how the complex internal structure of stars changes from their birth to their death, what nuclear fuel stars burn, and what their ultimate fate is - a fading white dwarf, or a cataclysmic explosion as a supernova, leaving behind a collapsed neutron star or a black hole. This lucid textbook provides students with a clear and pedagogical introduction to stellar structure and evolution. It requires only basic physics and mathematics learned in first- and second-year undergraduate studies, and it assumes no prior knowledge of astronomy.
Stellar observations and the quest for understanding stars have always been at the core of astronomy since ancient times. Stars are not only extraordinary physics laboratories, but they are also vital to our understanding of the life cycle of systems at all scales, such as planets, galaxies and the intergalactic medium. In this course, you will first learn the basic physics of stellar structure in all relevant physical regimes. We will only focus on isolated stars. The goal of the course is to understand the structure and evolution of stars, and their observational properties, from the pre-main-sequence, through the main-sequence, and post-main-sequence phases, how this relates back to fundamental physical processes including the interaction of matter and radiation, thermodynamics and the equation of state of gasses, nucleosynthesis and the formation of elements, and to apply this understanding to a state-of-the-art code for stellar evolution, MESA. See Astronomy master schedules.
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