Stellar Evolution



Topic 14 – Stellar evolution

14.3 - Understand the effects of the interaction between radiation pressure and gravity in a main sequence star

14.4 - Understand changes to the radiation pressure-gravity balance at different stages in the life cycle of a star with a mass similar to the Sun

14.5 - Understand the balance between electron pressure and gravity in a white dwarf star

14.6 - Understand changes to the radiation pressure-gravity balance at different stages in the life cycle of a star with a mass much greater than the Sun

14.7 - Understand the balance between neutron pressure and gravity in a neutron star

14.8 - Understand the effect the Chandrasekhar Limit has on the outcome on the final stages of the life cycle of a star

14.9 - Understand the principal stages and timescales of stellar evolution for stars of similar mass to the Sun, including:
a) emission and absorption nebula
b) main sequence star
c) planetary nebula
d) supernova
e) white dwarf
f) black dwarf

14.10 - Understand the principal stages and timescales of stellar evolution for stars of much larger mass than the Sun, including:
a) emission and absorption nebula
b) main sequence star
c) red giant
d) white dwarf
e) supernova
f) neutron star
g) black hole

14.11 - Understand how astronomers study and gather evidence for the existence of black holes

 

In this section you will learn about different types of star and their life cycles.