The Solar Interior. I

Gravitational energy. Thermal equilibrium. Hydrogen burning.


Please read or reread the following in Carroll & Ostlie.

10.1 Hydrostatic Equilibrium
Determining the Internal Structure of Stars — The Derivation of the Hydrostatic Equilibrium Equation* — The Equation of Mass Conservation
10.2 Pressure Equation of State
The Derivation of the Pressure Integral* — The Ideal Gas Law in Terms of the Mean Molecular Weight* — The Average Kinetic Energy Per Particle
10.3 Stellar Energy Sources
Gravitation and the Kelvin-Helmholtz Timescale — The Nuclear Timescale — Quantum Mechanical Tunneling
* These sections were previously assigned.


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Updated: 16 November 2012
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