In this class, we will learn about the relevant physics that govern that dynamics of astrophysical processes.  We will focus primarily on the interstellar medium (ISM) during the semester.  We will apply physics ideas from the four major disciplines (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electromagnetism) to describe observed behavior in the ISM.

Topics covered:
  1. Radiative transfer: Spectral lines, continuum radiation, and extinction
  2. Microscopic processes: cooling, heating, and chemistry
  3. Dust grain physics: observations, formation, and properties
  4. Ionized regions: formation and observations
  5. Gas dynamics: conservation laws, shock waves
  6. Massive stellar feedback: ionization, supernovae
  7. Star formation: physical models, observations

See the links to the left for more information about this class.