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ASTR C1836 Stars and Atoms. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: A working knowledge of high school algebra.

Study of the life cycles of stars, from their birth in cold gas clouds to their final throes in supernova explosions. The turn-of-the-century revolution in physics: x-rays, radioactivity, the nuclear atom, and the quantum theory. Energy production by nuclear fission and fusion, and its consequences.