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An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics

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  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108390248

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  • An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics is a comprehensive, well-organized and engaging text covering every major area of modern astrophysics, from the solar system and stellar astronomy to galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, and cosmology. Designed to provide students with a working knowledge of modern astrophysics, this textbook is suitable for astronomy and physics majors who have had a first-year introductory physics course with calculus. Featuring a brief summary of the main scientific discoveries that have led to our current understanding of the universe; worked examples to facilitate the understanding of the concepts presented in the book; end-of-chapter problems to practice the skills acquired; and computational exercises to numerically model astronomical systems, the second edition of An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics is the go-to textbook for learning the core astrophysics curriculum as well as the many advances in the field.

    • Provides a comprehensive and engaging coverage of the core astrophysics curriculum, from stellar astrophysics and the Solar System to galaxies and cosmology, with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts and relationships
    • Is widely recognized as a reliable and consistent source of reference material, including for graduate students and researchers
    • Provides explicit links to the professional and research literature in the field - Students can refer to these sources to explore more advanced topics
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108390248
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Tools of Astronomy:
    1. The celestial sphere
    2. Celestial mechanics
    3. The continuous spectrum of light
    4. The theory of special relativity
    5. The interaction of light and matter
    6. Telescopes
    Part II. The Nature of Stars:
    7. Binary systems and stellar parameters
    8. The classification of stellar spectra
    9. Stellar atmospheres
    10. The interiors of stars
    11. The Sun
    12. The interstellar medium and star formation
    13. Main sequence and post-main-sequence stellar evolution
    14. Stellar pulsation
    15. The fate of massive stars
    16. The degenerate remnants of stars
    17. General relativity and black holes
    18. Close binary star systems
    Part III. The Solar System:
    19. Physical processes in the solar system
    20. The terrestrial planets
    21. The realms of the giant planets
    22. Minor bodies of the solar system
    23. Formation of planetary systems
    Part IV. Galaxies and the Universe:
    24. The Milky Way Galaxy
    25. The nature of galaxies
    26. Galactic evolution
    27. The structure of the Universe
    28. Active galaxies
    29. Cosmology
    30. The early Universe
    Appendix A. Astronomical and physical constants
    Appendix B. Unit conversions
    Appendix C. Solar system data
    Appendix D. The constellations
    Appendix E. The brightest stars
    Appendix F. The nearest stars
    Appendix G. Stellar data
    Appendix H. The Messier catalog
    Appendix I. Constants, a programming module
    Appendix J. Orbit, a planetary orbit code
    Appendix K. TwoStars, a binary star code
    Appendix L. StatStar, a stellar structure code
    Appendix M. Galaxy, a tidal interaction code
    Appendix N. WMAP Data
    Suggested reading

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    Bradley W. Carroll, Dale A. Ostlie

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    Bradley W. Carroll, Weber State University, Utah
    Bradley W. Carroll received his B.A. in Mathematics and a Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of California, Irvine, his M.S. in Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He then accepted a postdoc with Hugh Van Horn at the University of Rochester and, four years later, accepted a position in the Physics Department at Weber State University, where he served as the Physics Department chair for ten years. He retired in 2015 after thirty years at Weber State University, Utah. During this time, he was awarded the Lowe Innovative Teaching Award and named a WSU Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor. He is an emeritus member of the American Astronomical Society.

    Dale A. Ostlie, Weber State University, Utah
    Dale A. Ostlie received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with degrees in Physics and Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Iowa State University. After a two-year teaching position at Bates College in Maine, he moved to Weber State University (WSU), where he worked for thrity years, retiring in 2014. At WSU Dale served as Chair of the Department of Physics for seven years and Dean of the College of Science for eight years. He also served as a collaborator at Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked as an early consultant at the Space Telescope Science Institute. In addition, he has authored or co-authored numerous papers in stellar pulsation theory. While at WSU, Dale was awarded the Lowe Innovative Teaching Award and the Exemplary Collaboration Award. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society.

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