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 9: Special and General Relativity

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        FrontiersControversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160) The discussion of black holes continues with an introduction of the concept of event horizon. A number of problems are worked out to familiarize students with mathematics related to black hole event horizons. In a longer question and answer session, Professor Bailyn discusses the more mystifying aspects of the nature of black holes and the possibility of time travel. Finally, the issues of reconciling Newtons laws of motion with Special Relativity, and Newtons law of gravity with General Relativity, are addressed. 0000 - Chapter 1. Event Horizon 1147 - Chapter 2. Singularity and Clarifications on Black Holes 2746 - Chapter 3. Locating Black Holes 3751 - Chapter 4. Introduction to Special and General Relativity 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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