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Schaum's outline of theory and problems of astronomy
Palen, Stacy E.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2002]

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vi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Includes index.
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Author Notes

Stacy Palen, Ph.D. (Seattle, WA) teaches astronomy at the University of Washington. The curriculum she developed there for Astronomy 101 (Introductory Astronomy) and Astronomy 150 (The Planets) has since been adopted at many universities, including U.C. Berkeley, University of Virginia, and the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Physics Factsp. 1
About Massesp. 1
About Gasesp. 13
About Lightp. 15
About Distancep. 25
Chapter 2 The Sky and Telescopesp. 31
Coordinate Systems and Timescalesp. 31
Instrumentationp. 42
Chapter 3 Terrestrial Planetsp. 49
Formation of Terrestrial Planetsp. 50
Evolution of the Terrestrial Planetsp. 53
Mercuryp. 56
Venusp. 59
Earthp. 62
Moonp. 67
Marsp. 71
Moons of Marsp. 72
Chapter 4 Jovian Planets and Their Satellitesp. 77
Jupiterp. 78
Saturnp. 79
Uranusp. 79
Neptunep. 80
Moonsp. 81
Ringsp. 87
Chapter 5 Debrisp. 91
Cometsp. 91
Meteoritesp. 95
Asteroidsp. 99
Pluto and Charonp. 103
Chapter 6 The Interstellar Medium and Star Formationp. 107
The Interstellar Mediump. 107
Star Formationp. 117
Chapter 7 Main-Sequence Stars and the Sunp. 125
Equilibrium of Starsp. 125
Observable Properties of Starsp. 126
The Sunp. 137
Chapter 8 Stellar Evolutionp. 153
Why Do Stars Evolve?p. 153
How Do Stars Evolve?p. 156
Stars [ 8 M[subscript Sun]p. 158
Stars ] 8 M[subscript Sun]: Supernovaep. 162
Where Do We Come From?p. 163
Chapter 9 Stellar Remnants (White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes)p. 173
Degenerate Gas Pressurep. 173
White Dwarfsp. 174
Neutron Starsp. 176
Black Holesp. 179
Chapter 10 Galaxies and Clustersp. 183
The Milky Wayp. 183
Normal Galaxiesp. 189
Active Galaxies and Quasarsp. 196
Chapter 11 Cosmologyp. 203
Hubble's Lawp. 203
Hubble's Law and the Expansion of the Universep. 204
Hubble's Law and the Age of the Universep. 204
Hubble's Law and the Size of the Universep. 205
The Big Bangp. 205
Life in the Universep. 214
Appendix 1 Physical and Astronomical Constantsp. 219
Appendix 2 Units and Unit Conversionsp. 221
Appendix 3 Algebra Rulesp. 223
Appendix 4 History of Astronomy Timelinep. 225
Indexp. 231