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Foundations of Astrophysics

Barbara Ryden, Ohio State University, Bradley M. Peterson, Ohio State University


Foundations of Astrophysics provides a contemporary and complete introduction to astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors. With a logical presentation and conceptual and quantitative end-of-chapter problems, the material is accessible to introductory astrophysics students taking a two-semester survey course. Starting with the motions of the solar system and a discussion of the interaction of matter and light, the authors explore the physical nature of objects in the solar system, and the exciting new field of exoplanets. The second half of…

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  • Presents thorough discussions of the major topics in an informal, but clear and concise style that makes it ideal as an introduction to astrophysics for physical science majors
  • No background knowledge of astronomy is assumed, and rigor is carefully introduced, allowing students to develop an understanding without being overwhelmed by mathematics
  • Explains interesting connections between different fields of astrophysics and real-life applications that will engage students and put the ideas into context

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