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By Thanu Padmanabhan

This particular e-book presents a transparent and lucid description of numerous elements of astrophysics and cosmology in a language comprehensible to a physicist or newbie in astrophysics. It offers the major issues in all branches of astrophysics and cosmology in an easy and concise language. The emphasis is on presently lively learn components and fascinating new frontiers instead of on extra pedantic themes. Many advanced effects are brought with basic, novel derivations which enhance the conceptual realizing of the topic. The publication additionally includes over 100 workouts in order to aid scholars of their self examine. Undergraduate and graduate scholars in physics and astrophysics in addition to all physicists who're drawn to acquiring a short grab of astrophysical ideas will locate this publication valuable.

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Two particles of masses m and ml would have followed the same trajectory if the initial conditions were the same. Consider now a different situation. Suppose there are two particles of masses m and m' at rest in some frame of reference S. Let us now view these particles from another frame of reference (S) — say, a moving car — which is moving with an acceleration (—g) along the x-axis. The coordinates in S and S are related by x = x + (l/2)gt2. Hence, viewed from the moving frame, a particle which is located at the origin of S will be given the trajectories x = (l/2)gt2.

1 Shapes don't matter: Compute the gravitational potential energy of a sphere of radius R and mass M, if it has a constant density. Now suppose that the same mass M is flattened to a thin disk of radius R with constant surface density. Compute the the potential energy of the new configuration. What is the moral of the story? [Hint: For a sphere U = {3/5)GM2/R while for a disk it is {8/3n)GM2/R. 2 Going full circle: Can you find a physical situation in which the minor arc AC of Fig. 1 could be meaningful?

This is because, if you keep a test particle at such a point, it will not move in this rotating frame. ) The condition that the acceleration should vanish at some point r is given by: - 1 - ^ 1 3 <' - " > - i ^ % <' - ^ + ^ = °" (L18) J d |r — r i | |r —r2| It is fairly easy to show that there will be 3 such points (called the Lagrange points L\,Li2 and L3) along the line joining the masses. But you can easily verify that equilibria at these points are unstable. ) One can, however, produce an approximate solution when, say, 777,2 -C mi.

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