Stars, AST 304

Course Information

Spring 2003

TIME: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday


TEXT: Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Stein

OFFICE: 3266 BioMedical Physical Sciences

PHONE: 355-9200 X2413



FINAL EXAM: Friday, May 2, 10 am - Noon, BPS 1420

Course information, an outline of the material to be covered with references, and homework, is posted on the web page.


  1. Understand the basic physical processes that control the structure and evolution of stars.
  2. Become familiar with the fundamental techniques for measuring the properties of stars.
  3. Obtain a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the structure and evolution of stars.
  4. Become aware of current controversies, the relevant theoretical and observational issues.


Your grade will be based on homework (50%), a mid-term exam (25%) and a final exam (25%). You are encouraged to work together on the homeworks and projects. You must do the exams individually.

Supplementary texts

Web page:,
Elementary Astronomy Outline on Stars with lots of pictures
General Texts:
The Physical Universe, An Introduction to Astronomy by F. Shu
Introductory Astronomy & Astrophysics by Zeilik & Gregory
Fundamental Astronomy by Karttunen, Kroger, Oja, Poutanen & Donner
Interpreting Astronomical Spectra by D. Emerson
Stellar Interiors by Hansen & Kawaler
Stellar Structure and Evolution by Kippenhahn & Weigert
Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis by Clayton
Structure and Evolution of the Stars by Schwarzschild

Outline (stars_outline.html)

Homework (stars_homework.html)

Final Exam Answers (pdf)

Final Exam Answers (ps)


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Updated: 2003.05.05 (Monday) 13:34:01 EDT

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