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Astronomy: A Physical Perspective

Astronomy: A Physical Perspective

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529273

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  • This revised and updated comprehensive introduction to astronomical objects and phenomena applies basic physical principles to a variety of situations. Students learn how to relate everyday physics to the astronomical world with the help of useful equations, chapter summaries, worked examples and end-of-chapter problem sets. It will be suitable for undergraduate students taking a first course in astronomy, and assumes a basic knowledge of physics with calculus.

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    • Conceptual approach explores the physical explanations behind astronomical observations
    • Covers the major forefront areas of astronomy, complete with numerous full colour illustrations throughout
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    "This excellent book provides a very thorough and up-to-date introduction to astronomy and astrophysics... [T]his well-written, comprehensive work would be an excellent choice for an introductory course on modern astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors. Highly recommended."

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529273
    • length: 598 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 190 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.66kg
    • contains: 291 b/w illus. 406 colour illus. 13 tables 937 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Properties of Ordinary Stars:
    2. Continuous radiation from stars
    3. Spectral Lines in stars
    4. Telescopes
    5. Binary stars and stellar masses
    6. The Sun: a typical star
    Part II. Relativity:
    7. Special relativity
    8. General relativity
    Part III. Stellar Evolution:
    9. The main sequence
    10. Stellar old age
    11. The death of high mass stars
    12. Evolution in close binaries
    13. Clusters of stars
    Part IV. The Milky Way:
    14. Contents of the interstellar medium
    15. Star formation
    16. The Milky Way galaxy
    Part V. The Universe at Large:
    17. Normal galaxies
    18. Clusters of galaxies
    19. Active galaxies
    20. Cosmology
    21. The Big Bang
    Part VI. The Solar System:
    22. Overview of the solar system
    23. The Earth and Moon
    24. The inner planets
    25. The outer planets
    26. Minor bodies in the solar system
    27. The origin of life

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    Marc L. Kutner, University of Texas, Austin
    Marc Kutner is a Visiting Scientist in the Astronomy Department of the University of Texas at Austin.

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