Modern Astrophysics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Astrophysics Class

Published Jan 28, 2009

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Examine physical attributes of the universe with 'Modern Astrophysics,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course combines the methods of physics with astronomical phenomena to analyze observational data to explore a variety of concepts related to astrophysics. This undergraduate course contains beneficial preparatory information for those seeking a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Modern Astrophysics: Course Specifics

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Modern Astrophysics: Course Description

In this OpenCourseWare, physical fundamentals, such as Newtonian and quantum mechanics are applied to astronomical processes. Professor Paul Schechter leads this course, which covers the interstellar medium, quasars, pulsars and collapsed stars. Students will also have the opportunity to explore mathematical components of astrophysics, including the Kepler problem and the Saha equation. Presented in lecture format, this OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes and problem set homework assignments. Prerequisites for this course include 'Quantum Physics I' and 'Quantum Physics II', which are available though MIT as OpenCourseWare.

Study materials for this course include lecture notes and problem set homework assignments. These materials are available online as free downloads. More detailed information can be found at the Modern Astrophysics home page.

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