The Physics of Astrophysics: Gas dynamics

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University Science Books, 1991 - Science - 476 pages
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This two-volume text is for new graduates on astronomy courses who need to get to grips with the physics involved in the subject. Four problem sets, averaging three problems per set, accompany each volume. The problems expand on the material covered in the texts and represent the level of calculational skill needed to write scientific papers in contemporary astrophysics.
  

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Contents

OVERVIEW
3
RELATION OF KINETIC THEORY TO FLUID MECHANICS
14
TRANSPORT COEFFICIENTS FOR DIFFUSIVE EFFECTS
25
FLUIDS AS CONTINUA
37
EQUILIBRIA OF SELFGRAVITATING SPHERICAL MASSES
54
INVISCID BAROTROPIC FLOW
64
VISCOUS ACCRETION DISKS
82
FLUID INSTABILITIES
93
GRAVITATIONAL COLLAPSE AND STAR FORMATION
241
RADIATIVE SHOCKS UNDER OPTICALLY THICK
252
IONIZATION FRONTS AND EXPANDING Hn REGIONS
264
MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS
289
HYDROMAGNETIC EQUATIONS AND HYDROMAGNETIC
302
MAGNETOSTATICS AND THE PARKER INSTABILITY
317
THE MAGNETIC VIRIAL THEOREM
328
HYDROMAGNETIC SHOCK WAVES
338

VISCOUS SHEAR FLOWS AND TURBULENCE
113
MIXINGLENGTH THEORY OF CONVECTION
125
DISPERSION RELATION
135
GROUP PROPAGATION
152
METHOD OF CHARACTERISTICS
166
STEADY SUPERSONIC FLOW
185
STEEPENING OF ACOUSTIC WAVES INTO SHOCK WAVES
203
OBLIQUE SHOCKS AND OPTICALLY THIN RADIATIVE
218
BLAST WAVES AND SUPERNOVA REMNANTS
230
MAGNETIC RECONNECTION AND DYNAMOS
346
AMBIPOLAR DIFFUSION
360
PLASMA PHYSICS
372
LONGITUDINAL PLASMA OSCILLATIONS AND LANDAU
390
ORBIT THEORY AND DRIFT CURRENTS
403
A USEFUL FORMULAE IN CURVILINEAR COORDINATES
423
BIBLIOGRAPHY
459
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Frank Shu is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1968. Shu has written a number of expository articles for the lay public, and is the author of a best-selling introductory textbook in astronomy and astrophysics, The Physical Universe. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Academia Sinica.

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