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By Maoz, Dan

A concise yet thorough creation to the observational information and theoretical ideas underlying glossy astronomy, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is designed for complicated undergraduate technological know-how majors taking a one-semester direction. This well-balanced and updated textbook covers the necessities of contemporary astrophysics--from stars to cosmology--emphasizing the typical, universal actual ideas that govern astronomical phenomena, and the interaction among conception and observation.

In addition to conventional subject matters reminiscent of stellar remnants, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, Astrophysics in a Nutshell introduces topics on the vanguard of recent learn, together with black holes, darkish topic, gravitational lensing, and darkish strength, all up-to-date with many of the most modern observational effects. to help actual realizing, mathematical derivations are stored as easy, brief, and transparent as attainable, and order-of-magnitude estimates, dimensional research, and scaling arguments are often used. those no-nonsense, "back-of-the-envelope" calculations teach scholars to imagine like physicists. The publication is abundantly illustrated with uncomplicated, transparent figures and every bankruptcy ends with a suite of problems.

In addition to serving as a direction textbook, Astrophysics in a Nutshell is a perfect evaluation for a qualifying examination and a convenient reference for lecturers and researchers.

The such a lot concise and up to date astrophysics textbook for technology majors
Contains a vast and well-balanced collection of conventional topics and present examine topics
Uses easy, brief, and transparent derivations of actual results
Trains scholars within the crucial abilities of order-of-magnitude analysis
Includes instructing issues of every one bankruptcy

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58) dL(r) = 4πr2 ρ(r) (r). 59) We can define four boundary conditions for these equations. 63) where M∗ is the total mass of the star. 65) = (ρ, T, composition). 66) P (ρ, T ) is usually called the equation of state. Each of these three functions will depend on the composition through the element abundances and the ionization states of each element in the gas. It is common in astronomy to parametrize the mass abundances of hydrogen, helium, and the heavier elements (the latter are often referred to collectively by the term “metals”) as ρH ρHe ρmetals X≡ , Y ≡ , Z≡ .

10), the Doppler velocity amplitudes we measure will be related to the true orbital velocity amplitudes by |v1obs | = |v1 | sin i, |v2obs | = |v2 | sin i. 40) then |v1obs | r1 M2 = = . 41) basicastro4 October 26, 2006 26 CHAPTER 2 Replacing, in Kepler’s law, a with r1 +r2 , and using Eqns. 40 to express r1 and r2 , we obtain τ (|v1obs | + |v2obs |)3 . 42) 2πG We see that in spectroscopic binaries the inclination of the orbits is an additional unknown variable that enters the mass determination.

The projected area of the beam, dA, is increased by 1/ cos θ, and therefore the power reaching the wall per unit area is decreased to B cos θ. Since a photon’s momentum, p, is its energy divided by c, the momentum flux in the beam is B/c. , the pressure, is 2B cos2 θ/c. The total pressure is obtained by integrating over all angles of the beams that approach the wall. where we have used the fact that X + Y + Z = 1. 73) for a totally ionized gas. 61. 85. In addition to the kinetic gas pressure, the photons in a star exert radiation pressure.

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