The syllabus is subject to minor changes, so we may not cover material at exactly the listed times.
HKT = Hansen, Kawaler, & Trimble
KWW = Kippenhahn & Weigert
|Week 1||Overview of stellar properties and evolution, equation of hydrostatic equilibrium, virial theorem, timescales.||HKT Chapters 1-2
KWW Chapters 1-4
Chapters 3 and 5 in Binney and Merrifield's Galactic Astronomy may also be useful.
|Week 2||Introduction to basic equations of stellar structure, polytropes and homology relations, radiative and conductive heat transport, opacities and energy generation.||HKT Chapters 4, 5
KWW Chapters 5,7,17,19.
|Week 3||Physics of stellar matter: equations of state, thermodynamic properties.||HKT Chapter 3
KWW Chapters 13-16
|Week 4||Nuclear reactions, atomic and isotopic abundances.||HKT Chapter 6
KWW Chapter 18
|Week 5||Helio and asteroseismology, radial pulsations, instability strip, diffusion.||HKT Chapter 8
KWW Chapters 29, 31
|Week 6||Advanced stages of nucleosynthesis, construction of stellar models, numerical methods, the role of boundary conditions, star formation, pre-main sequence stars.||Clayton Chapter 7
HKT Chapter 7
KWW Chapters 10-12, 28
|Week 7||Structure and evolution of low-mass stars, and applications, stellar atmospheres.||HKT Chapter 9
KWW Chapters 30-33
|Week 8||Structure and evolution of high-mass stars, supernovae, neutron stars.||HKT Chapter 9
KWW Chapters 34-36
|Week 9||Line formation, spectral analysis, stellar rotation.||Gray Chapters 11, 13, 15-18|
|Week 10||If time remains, topics to be selected from:
The first stars in the Universe, hypernovae and other rare events, stellar magnetism.