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Astrophysics Minor

  1. Apr 28, 2005 #1
    I am an aerospace engineering major.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on how that would work? Course work involved, how hard it is?

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  3. Apr 28, 2005 #2


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    Where I went there was no option for an astrophysics minor, so I'm not sure what it would entail. I suspect, however, that your aerospace training would give you a lot of the necessary background in math and physics. In the absence of any other information, I'd say go for it, but I don't have a lot to go with here.
  4. Apr 28, 2005 #3
    Isn't astrophysics just a specialization of physics? So wouldn't you have to go to Grad School and get a ph.d. specifically in astrophysics?

  5. Apr 29, 2005 #4
    since i graduated with a degree in Honours Neural Computation & Minor in Astrophysics I may be able to help...I took it at McMaster which has some premier researchers in the field.

    Lets see there were 8 courses in total(2 first year...so hopefully you'll have 6 electives)
    the 2 most important courses would be
    [0] stellar structures(how a star evolves and the "star map" can't remember the name but it describes the evolution of the star path...oh hell i have the book infront of me..main sequence table..>REALLLY COOL
    [1] Cosmology the study of evolution of galaxies and multistar systems ..nebulas,blackholes, physics metric systems ....sorry its be quite a long time so i don't remeber those systesm...blah blah...

    THE WONDERFUL TEXT I USED WAS ostlie and carrolls so you may just wanna buy it and screw taking the minor...but anyways the other 4 courses, all
    2year courses in thermo...E&M...analytical mechanics...shoot can't remmeber the last one...oh some type of modern physics course(ie quantum/statistical mechanics)

    ..since your in the aerospace programme i assume you've taken thermo and E&M.

    SO you'll only need 4 courses(unless they want a total of 8...so check out the number of electives)
    [0]Stellar structures
    [2]Modern physics
    [3]Analytical mechanics
    OH and i forgot the 1st year astronomy course may be requirement

    ALSO some programmes may require a planetary course.

    As for the coursework...easy as pie...well the way Dr.Pudritz taught both class..highly interesting(i wrote a project paper on wormholes) and mathematically technical...but pretty easy. Guess it depends on your grade goal i got B+ and A in the two astrophysics course. Mostly you do math describe reactions and processes.

    All else fails just take the astrophysics courses if you ahve the prerequistes..thats what i did(by permission of the prof) then i took the other ones after.
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  6. Apr 29, 2005 #5


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    I've never read Ostlie & Carroll, but Carroll & Ostlie is an excellent book. Here's a web page for the two:

    http://departments.weber.edu/astrophysics/ [Broken]

    This is true in some schools, but many offer an undergrad major (or even minor) in astrophysics.
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  7. Apr 30, 2005 #6
    SpaceTiger: heh whats teh difference between ostlie & carroll and carroll & Ostlie!! NOTHING hehe...i miss ordered teh authors but meh its still the same book...

    bah never mind I just saw the link and there are two books with different orders of the author. But they are the same 1/2 content on Stellar physics. The blue book has only the stellar chapters while the ORANGE book has both the stellar adn cosmo(galactic evolution stuff)...

    i have the orange book and i love it for its light reading(the paragraphs) but extensive technical math stuff. Its a beautifucl book i'm glad Dr. Pudritz made me by it.
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    BOB (Big Orange Book) is famed amongst astronomy undergrads. I learned a large fraction of my basic astronomy from there.
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