ASTR 219(F) Compact Stellar Remnants: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes
We will discuss the last stages of stellar evolution and concentrate on the basic properties of the three possible remnants: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. Radio and X-ray pulsars will be discussed as well as observational confirmation of the existence of black holes. We will explore the extreme conditions existing near neutron stars and black holes and discuss their astrophysical consequences. Format: lecture/discussion, three hours per week. Evaluation will be based on homework assignments, two hour exams and a final exam. Prerequisites: Astronomy 111, Physics 142 or 151, Mathematics 105 or 106; or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limit: 25 (expected: 15).