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 2: Planetary Orbits

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        FrontiersControversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160) Exoplanets are introduced and students learn how astronomers detect their presence as well as the challenges associated with it. Physics equations are explained as well as their importance in the context of the course. A number of problems are worked out to get students used to dealing with large numbers in calculating planetary masses, interplanetary distances, etc. 0000 - Chapter 1. Course Logistics 0615 - Chapter 2. Exoplanets 1256 - Chapter 3. Physical Units and Significant Digits 3323 - Chapter 4. Calculating the Distance between Planets and Stars 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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