An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 7, 2017 - Science - 1359 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Celestial Sphere
2
The
11
Celestial Mechanics
23
The Continuous Spectrum of Light
57
The Theory of Special Relativity
84
The Interaction of Light and Matter
111
Telescopes
141
Binary Systems and Stellar Parameters
180
The Realms of the Giant Planets
775
Minor Bodies of the Solar System
813
Formation of Planetary Systems
848
The Milky Way Galaxy
874
The Nature of Galaxies
940
Galactic Evolution
999
The Structure of the Universe
1038
Active Galaxies
1085

The Classification of Stellar Spectra
202
Stellar Atmospheres
231
The Interiors of Stars
284
The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation
398
Main Sequence and PostMainSequence Stellar Evolution
446
Stellar Pulsation
483
The Fate of Massive Stars
518
The Degenerate Remnants of Stars
557
General Relativity and Black Holes
609
Close Binary Star Systems
653
Physical Processes in the Solar System
714
The Terrestrial Planets
737
Cosmology
1144
The Early Universe
1230
A Astronomical and Physical Constants Inside Front Cover
A-1
F The Nearest Stars
A-7
H The Messier Catalog A13
A-13
StatStar A Stellar Structure Code A23
A-23
N WMAP Data A29
A-29
940
I-10
398
I-13
1144
I-18
518
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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 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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