Course Description

ONLINE: The sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and trillions throughout the universe. Stars vary tremendously in character, and this online course will present ideas on the life cycle of various types of stars, ranging from barely luminous brown dwarfs to massive stars that end their lives in spectacular explosions. The course is divided into the three areas of stellar evolution: birth, life, and death. Stellar evolution has been studied since the realization that nuclear fusion was the main energy source powering stars. A vast amount of specialized knowledge has been developed, but in this course we will distill this information into essential aspects accessible to nonexperts. If successful, students will gain a greater appreciation for the wonderful complexity of our star-filled universe. They should be prepared to listen, ask questions, and, hopefully, aided by provided Internet links, seek further information on the nature of stars. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Birth, Life, and Death of Stars
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Mar 15, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Please note: Students wishing to get a broader view of stars can consult any introductory (non-physics-major) college textbook. The recommended book should give a good overview for most people.

Recommended reading: Stephen P. Maran, Astronomy For Dummies 4th Edition (9781119374244)