This course will study the fundamentals of stellar structure and evolution. Prerequisite: Phy 315
"It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star." Arthur Eddington
Link to Course Outline
Mondays: 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m., Thursdays: 12:30 p.m. in room 401 Stirling Hall
There is no specific text for this course. I will be providing handouts or on-line links as needed.
Here are some texts that I may be using as reference:
An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, 2nd Ed., 2007, Bradley W. Carroll & Dale A. Ostlie
An Introduction to the Theory of Stellar Structure and Evolution, 2nd Ed., 2010, Dina Pralnik
Stellar Structure and Evolution, 2nd Ed., 2012, Rudolf Kippenhahn, Alfred Weigert, & Achim Weiss
The Internal Constitution of the Stars, 1926, Arthur S. Eddington
The Physics of Stars, 2nd Ed., 2010, A. C. Phillips
For Phy 435:
Problem Sets: 35% Link to Problem Sets
PROBLEM SET 5 HAS BEEN MARKED. PLEASE PICK IT UP ALONG WITH THE ANSWER SHEET FROM THE BOX DOWN THE HALL FROM MY OFFICE
In-class quiz: 15%
Final Exam: 50%
For Phy 815:
Graduate students will do the same assignments, quiz, and final exam as the undergraduates. The final result will then be scaled to 75%. The final 25% will be determined by a written paper and a 20min in-class presentation based on the paper. More information TBA.
WRITTEN PRESENTATIONS HAVE BEEN MARKED AND ARE IN THE BOX DOWN THE HALL.
First Day of Classes: Monday, Sept. 11
Thanksgiving: Monday, Oct 9
In-Class quiz: Thursday, Oct. 26. Bring all notes plus a calculator. Do not bring books, cell phones or laptops.
Graduate Student Presentations: Week of Nov. 27 (earlier if required)
Last Day of Classes: Thurs. Nov. 30
Tentative Exam Date: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 9:00 - 12:00, Room 414 Stirling -- This is a closed-book exam. Bring a calculator plus a sheet containing equations. I will supply a sheet containing constants. Please no cell-phones or other electronic devices.
Link to Dr. Irwin's contact information
Link to Presentations
Link to the 2005 Standard Solar Model Data
On-line stellar evolution code (madstar)
Link to video of Solar granulation
Link to step-by-step guide as to how to obtain the true orbit from the apparent orbit of a visual binary
Link to 6th Catalog of orbits of Visual Binary Stars
Link to Kepler satellite catalog of eclipsing binaries Link to eclipsing binary software (Phoebe)