Domain-focused projects in Physics & Astronomy (P&A) and Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), team-taught by Vicky Kalogera and Suzan van der Lee (EPS). This course covers one quarter of material, spread over Fall and Winter every year, to allow alignment and further interdisciplinary integration with tangential courses DATA_SCI-421 and DATA_SCI-422.
Exploration of what is understood about stellar nurseries, deaths, collisions, neutron stars, black holes, accreting white dwarfs, quasars, and gamma-ray bursts and why they hold cosmic records as the most massive, energetic, shortest, furthest, or brightest objects and events in our natural universe.
Physics of stellar interiors, stellar atmospheres, and star formation. Specific topics covered include: simple stellar models, nuclear energy generation, overview of evolutionary phases, white dwarfs, neutron stars, interstellar gas and dust grains, gravitational collapse.
A broad survey of astronomy topics, from stars and compact objects to galaxies and cosmology.
Introduction to computing and its application to physics. Topics covered include Monte Carlo simulation of physical systems and numerical integration of equations of motion, discrete element methods in electromagnetism, simulation of simply nonlinear systems, neural networks, statistical and graphical representation of data.
Specialized lectures on current research topics in observational and theoretical astrophysics.
Thermodynamics of stellar interiors, equations of stellar structure and radiation transfer, stellar atmospheres, thermonuclear reactions, weak interactions and nucleosynthesis, stellar stability and pulsation, evolution of binaries. Special topics may include novae and supernovae, stellar rotation, stellar magnetic fields, and cooling of neutron stars, white dwarfs, and brown dwarfs.
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