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IB Physics - Option F - Astrophysics


F1 - Introduction to the universe

F2 - Stellar radiation

F2 - Stellar types

F3 - Stellar distances

F4 - Cosmology

F5 - Stellar Process and Evolution

F6 - Galaxies and the Expanding Universe


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Thursday, October 12, 2006

This section of The Science Vault is a collection of notes by an IB Higher Level Physics class of November 2006. It concerns the Option F - Astrophysics of the syallbus. This section has two ways of nagivation; by syllabus points (below and left), and by what was felt to be a more natural method, where similar topics were grouped together (below).

This section is still under construction, so please be patient, as not all the links may work. Thank you!

Introduction to the Universe – Universe? What universe?

The Solar System – At the unfashionable west end of the galaxy

Stellar Objects – Nuts, bolts and building blocks

Stellar Sizes – Big, bigger and infinite

Stellar Radiation – What shines… and what doesn’t

Luminosity - Hot ot not!

Black Body Radiation – Black body, hot body

Wien's law and the Stefan-Boltzmann law

Stellar Spectra – Colours really do tell

Stellar Types – Hot and not

Star Types – Bright & hot, or cold & dark

Stellar Evolution – How to Make your own star

Hertzsprung-Russell diagram – On the charts…

Stellar Distances – Shooting for the stars

Parallax Method – Angling for the stars

Brightness - Starlight, star bright

Spectroscopic Method – Bright, near and far

Cepheid Variables – Candle in the window

Cosmology – Life, the universe and everything

Olbers’ Paradox – Where Newton went wrong

Hubble’s Law – It’s getting bigger!

The Big Bang – A conical bath backwards

Galactic types and motion - Turn, turn, turn ...

Development of the Universe – In the good old millennia…

F.1 - Introduction to the Universe

F.1.1 - Solar System

F.1.2 - Stellar Bodies

F.1.3 - Clusters and Constellations

F.1.4 - Light Years

F.1.5 - Relative Distances

F.1.6 - Stellar Bodies

F.2 - Stellar Radiation and Stellar Types

F.2.1 - Energy Source

F.2.3 - Luminosity

F.2.5 - Black Body Radiation

F.2.7 - Wien's Law

F.2.8 - Stefan-Boltzman Law

F.2.9 - Stellar Spectra

F.2.13 - The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

F.3 - Stellar Distances

F.3.1 - Parallax Method

F.3.5 - Absolute and Apparent Magnitude

F.3.8 - Spectroscopic Parallax

F.3.12 - Cephid Variables

F.4 - Cosmology

F.4.1 - Olbers' Paradox

F.4.4 - The Big Bang Model

F.4.8 - The Development of the Universe

F.5 - Stellar Processes and Stellar Evolution

F.5.1 - Nucleosynthesis

F.5.4 - Evolutionary Paths of Stars and Stellar Processes

F.6 - Galaxies and the Expanding Universe

F.6.1 - Types of Galaxies

F.6.3 - Galatic Motion

F.6.6 - Hubble's Law

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