Foundations of Astrophysics provides a contemporary and complete introduction to astrophysics for astronomy and physics majors. This text is briefer and more accessible than other texts in the market, and is the most up-to-date book available in this fast-changing field. With a logical presentation and conceptual and quantitative end-of-chapter problems, the material is easier-to-grasp for introductory astrophysics students.
Both Barbara Ryden and Brad Peterson are respected teachers and researchers at Ohio State University. Peterson serves as Department Chair. Ryden wrote the Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award winner, Introduction to Cosmology, a text for majors published by Addison-Wesley. Peterson wrote a text on Active Galactic Nuclei published by Cambridge University press.
1. Early Astronomy 2. Emergence of Modern Astronomy 3. Orbital Mechanics 4. The Earth-Moon System 5. Interaction of Radiation and Matter 6. Astronomical Detection of Light 7. The Sun 8. Overview of the Solar System 9. Earth and Moon 10. The Planets 11. Small Bodies in the Solar System 12. The Solar System in Perspective 13. Properties of Stars 14. Stellar Atmospheres 15. Stellar Interiors 16. The Interstellar Medium 17. Formation and Evolution of Stars 18. Stellar Remnants 19. Our Galaxy 20. Galaxies 21. Active Galaxies 22. Clusters and Superclusters 23. Cosmology 24. History of the Universe