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ASTR 242 is a calculus-based introduction to the physics of stars and galaxies. Central topics of astrophysics, such as stellar astrophysics, galactic structure, and the evolution of the Universe, are covered using basic concepts of modern physics (statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear physics, thermodynamics). The course can be taken as a natural continuation of ASTR 241 (Solar System astrophysics), but also as a stand-alone course for students with an interest in galaxies and stars. Students should be familiar with calculus concepts, including multiple integrals, derivatives, and ordinary differential equations.

Main topics:

- Fundamental observational properties of stars
- Stellar structure (atmospheres and interiors)
- Evolution, including stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes)
- Structure and evolution of galaxies
- The large-scale structure of the Universe and cosmology