Astronomy: A Physical Perspective


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This revised and updated comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena applies basic physical principles to a variety of situations. Students learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world with the help of useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets. It will be suitable for undergraduate students taking a first course in astronomy, and assumes a basic knowledge of physics with calculus.

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“This excellent book provides a very thorough and up-to-date introduction to astronomy and astrophysics… [T]his well-written, comprehensive work would be an excellent choice for an introductory course on modern astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors. Highly recommended.”


Marc L. KutnerUniversity of Texas, Austin
Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Part I. Properties of Ordinary Stars:
2. Continuous radiation from stars
3. Spectral Lines in stars
4. Telescopes
5. Binary stars and stellar masses
6. The Sun: a typical star
Part II. Relativity:
7. Special relativity
8. General relativity
Part III. Stellar Evolution:
9. The main sequence
10. Stellar old age
11. The death of high mass stars
12. Evolution in close binaries
13. Clusters of stars
Part IV. The Milky Way:
14. Contents of the interstellar medium
15. Star formation
16. The Milky Way galaxy
Part V. The Universe at Large:
17. Normal galaxies
18. Clusters of galaxies
19. Active galaxies
20. Cosmology
21. The Big Bang
Part VI. The Solar System:
22. Overview of the solar system
23. The Earth and Moon
24. The inner planets
25. The outer planets
26. Minor bodies in the solar system
27. The origin of life


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