Introduction to Astrophysics

Yale Course , Spring 2007 , Prof. Charles Bailyn

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Overview

Planetary Orbits - Our Solar System and the Pluto Problem - Discovering Exoplanets: Hot Jupiters - Planetary Transits - Microlensing, Astrometry and Other Methods - Direct Imaging of Exoplanets - Introduction to Black Holes - Special and General Relativity - Tests of Relativity - Special and General Relativity - Stellar Mass Black Holes - Pulsars - Supermassive Black Holes - Hubbles Law and the Big Bang - Omega and the End of the Universe - Dark Matter - Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe and the Big Rip - Supernovae - Other Constraints: The Cosmic Microwave Background - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything

Lecture 1: Introduction

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        FrontiersControversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160) Professor Bailyn introduces the course and discusses the course material and requirements. The three major topics that the course will cover are (1) exoplanets--planets around stars other than the Sun, (2) black holes--stars whose gravitational pull is so strong that even their own light rays cannot escape, and (3) cosmology--the study of the Universe as a whole. Class proper begins with a discussion on planetary orbits. A brief history of astronomy is also given and its major contributors over the centuries are introduced Ptolemy, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton. 0000 - Chapter 1. Introduction 0538 - Chapter 2. Topics of the Course 1257 - Chapter 3. Course Requirements 2103 - Chapter 4. Planetary Orbits 3132 - Chapter 5. From Newtons Laws of Motion to the Theory of Everything 3810 - Chapter 6. The Newtonian Modification of Keplers Third Law Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.

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