** the observed properties of stars**

**
**- introduction
- observable properties of stars
- the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram
- the mass-luminosity relation
- clusters of stars

** the equations of stellar structure**

**
**- introduction
- timescales
- equation of hydrostatic support
- equation of mass conservation
- accuracy of hydrostatic assumption
- validity of spherical symmetry assumption
- minimum value for central pressure of a star
- virial theorem
- minimum mean temperature of a star
- state of stellar material
- energy generation
- equation of energy production
- energy transport
- convection
- equation of radiative transport
- solving the equations of stellar structure

** the physics of stellar interiors**

**
**- introduction
- equation of state of an ideal gas
- mean molecular weight
- equation of state of a degenerate gas
- opacity
- approximate form for opacity
- energy release from nuclear reactions
- occurrence of fusion reactions
- hydrogen and helium burning
- approximate form for energy release

** the structure of main-sequence stars**

**
**- introduction
- homologous stellar models
- the
*M*-*L* and
*L*-*T*_{e}relations
- polytropes
- solving the lane-emden equation
- detailed stellar models

** the evolution of stars**

**
**- introduction
- the evolution of low-mass stars
- the evolution of high-mass stars
- removed from course: white dwarfs
- removed from course: neutron stars
- removed from course: black holes
- removed from course: the lives of binary stars

*©Vik Dhillon, 25th September 2013*