Introduction to Astrophysics  --  Astronomy  (ASTRON) 7A [4 units]
Course Format: Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week.
Prerequisites: Physics 7A-7B (7B can be concurrent), or consent of the instructor.
Credit option: Students will receive 2 units of credit for 7A after taking 10; 6 units of credit for both 7A-7B after taking 10.
Description: This is the first part of an overview of astrophysics, with an emphasis on the way in which physics is applied to astronomy. This course deals with the solar system and stars, while 7B covers galaxies and cosmology. Solar system topics include orbital mechanics, geology of terrestrial planets, planetary atmospheres, and the formation of the solar system. The study of stars will treat determination of observations, properties and stellar structure, and evolution. The physics in this course includes mechanics and gravitation; kinetic theory of gases; properties of radiation and radiative energy transport; quantum mechanics of photons, atoms, and electrons; and magnetic fields.
(F) Chiang, Marcy, Quataert
 


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