The course will consist of a general overview of some main fields in astrophysics, with particular emphasis on the application of physics to astronomical systems.
The main subjects covered will include:
- Stellar structure and evolution
- Planetary systems
- Galaxy structure and dynamics
For example, the study of stellar structure and evolution is used as a virtual laboratory for learning about equations of state of classical and quantum gas, about heat transfer, about hydrostatic equilibrium, nuclear reactions, etc. Black Holes are used to touching on general relativity. Galaxy structure and dynamics are used to learn about gravity (classical and a touch of relativity), gravitational light bending, virial relations, etc. Astrophysical measurements of velocities are used to demonstrate the (relativistic) Doppler effect and a little special relativity.