Physics 606
Stars & Planets
Fall 2020

Prof. Alyson Brooks
classes/office hours via Zoom
Email: abrooks[at]

Class meetings: Monday and Thursday 8:40-10:00am

Office hours: TBD


This is an advanced graduate course designed for students pursuing research in astrophysics. We will study the physics of gas in extreme conditions and use it to understand the structure and evolution of stars. We will then transition to a study primarily of planetary dynamics in order to understand ongoing work on extrasolar planets. We will develop the formal theory as much as possible and consider computational approaches as appropriate.


Here are some of the main sources we will use:


Here is a preliminary list of topics for the course. A detailed schedule will be available on our Canvas site.


Astrophysicists use a wide range of analysis methods. You can expect to see all of the following methods in class and on homework assignments. (It is okay if some of these are new to you; the key is being willing to learn and practice.)



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