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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 8.284 (Spring 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Modern Astrophysics 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Physics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Paul Schechter 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 8.284 Modern Astrophysics

    Spring 2006

    Course Highlights

    8.284 Modern Astrophysics

    Spring 2006

    A galaxy, seen from the side.
    A Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy NGC-5866, seen edge-on. (Image courtesy of William C. Keel, University of Alabama, as presented on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Web site.)

    Course Description

    This course explores the applications of physics (Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics) to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects. The list of topics includes Main-sequence Stars, Collapsed Stars (White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes), Pulsars, Supernovae, the Interstellar Medium, Galaxies, and as time permits, Active Galaxies, Quasars, and Cosmology. Observational data is also discussed.

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