ASTR 421 Spring 2015 Compact Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes (Q)

Cross Listed as ASTR221
As stars end their varied lives they each end up as a dense, compact remnant. In this course we will study the final stages of stellar evolution and concentrate on the basic properties of the three possible remnant states: white dwarf, neutron star and black hole. We will study radio and X-ray pulsars, which represent observed manifestations of some compact objects. In addition, we will discuss the observations confirming the existence of black holes. Finally, we will explore the extreme conditions existing near neutron stars and black holes and discuss their astrophysical consequences.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on classroom participation, homework assignments, a midterm exam and final exam.
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Prerequisites: if taken under ASTR 221:PHYS 142 or 151 and Mathematics 105 or 106; if taken under ASTR 421: Physics 201 & permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: if overenrolled, preference will be given to Astronomy and Astrophysics majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3035
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ASTR 421 - 01 (S) LEC Compact Stellar Remnants (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Marek Demianski
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM 3035
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