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TÄHT7040 Stellar structure and evolution 8 ECTS
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Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:
outline the main observed properties of stars as well as their masses;
use the equation of hydrostatic equilibrium to estimate the core properties of stars;
calculate the dynamical, thermal, and nuclear timescales of stars;
write down the four ordinary differential equations of stellar structure and their boundary conditions;
describe the main nuclear reactions that power high and low mass stars;
demonstrate a basic understanding of energy transport, sources of pressure;
outline the principles of evolution of high and low mass stars from the main sequence to the final stages;
explain how ages of stellar clusters can be measured from HR diagrams;
calculate the Jeans mass and describe the process of star formation;
explain the difference between degenerate and ideal gas;
describe the physics of compact stars and derive the mass-radius relationship for white dwarfs;
discuss the terminal stages of stellar evolution;
describe the main characteristics of different types of supernovae;
apply quantum and classical mechanics, and thermal physics to stellar systems;
describe the main difference between single and binary star evolution;
explain how to measure stellar masses in binary systems;
describe the main characteristics of different classes of white dwarf binary systems;
describe the relation between radio and X-ray pulsars;
develop self-study skills;
solve problems on topics in the syllabus.

Teacher responsible

Juri Poutanen

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2-Sep-2014 –
Lectures 40 h
Tue 2-Sep-2014 - 25-Nov-2014 weekly at 10.00-12.00, XVI
Thu 4-Sep-2014 - 27-Nov-2014 weekly at 10.00-12.00, XVII
Seminar 16 h
Mon 8-Sep-2014 - 1-Dec-2014 weekly at 10.00-12.00, XVI