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What is your level of mathematics and physics?

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My experience in mathematics is calculus and I am currently self-studying multivariable calculus. I also have some experience in differential equations.What is your level of mathematics and physics?

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My experience in mathematics is calculus and I am currently self-studying multivariable calculus. I also have some experience in differential equations.

So the standard astrophysics textbook at the upper-undergraduate level is

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1108422160/?tag=pfamazon01-20

At a slightly lower level, I recommend

https://www.amazon.com/dp/3642359620/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Another textbook I've heard good things about is

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521815533/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Eventually, you will have to study some higher-level physics as well; astrophysics is, after all, a branch of physics. Classical mechanics, thermal/statistical physics, special relativity, electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics are all heavily used in astrophysics and astronomy. If you want to self-study the subject at the graduate level, then you're also going to have to learn general relativity and nuclear/particle physics.

Edit: While the book that vanhees71 linked is good, you might find it to be too easy, especially if you're already familiar with basic astronomy. It is aimed at students who don't have much of a background in physics or calculus.

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In fact astrophysics nowadays spans indeed all of physics, including high-energy particle and nuclear physics (many-body quantum field theory) and general relativity.

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Yes, that book is something between a popular-science book and a undergrad introdutory textbook. If you want something for the advanced undergrad or even graduate level it's too simple.

Most universities in North America offer astronomy courses for non-science majors. In fact, I have used this text when teaching just such a course.

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