Physics 606
Stars & Planets
Fall 2018

Prof. Chuck Keeton
Room 305, Serin Physics Building, Busch Campus
Email: keeton[at]

Class meetings: Tuesday and Friday 8:40-10:00am, ARC 110

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 apply some of the same principles to planetary atmospheres 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:

My approach to some of the foundations will draw on my advanced undergraduate textbook (you do not have to buy this; I will make sure you have access to what you need): Here are some other resources:


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