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Chapter 30 Section 2 Handout
  • Stellar Evolution

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  • Why are astronomers not able to observe the
    entire life of any star?
  • Because a star typically exists for billions of
    years.

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  • What is luminosity?
  • The total amount of energy a star gives off each
    second.

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  • What is the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram?
  • The graph that illustrates the pattern revealed
    when the surface temperatures of stars are
    plotted against their luminosity.

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  • What is plotted on the horizontal axis and the
    vertical axis of the Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R)
    diagram?
  • Horizontal axis The temperature of a stars
    surface.
  • Vertical axis The luminosity of a star.

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  • What is the main sequence?
  • The band that runs diagonally through the
    Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and extends from
    cool, dim, red stars at the lower right to hot,
    bright, blue stars at the upper left.

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  • What is a nebula?
  • A cloud of gas and dust where a star begins.

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  • What is Newtons law of universal gravitation?
  • All objects in the universe attract each other
    through gravitational force.

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  • Gravitational force increases as the mass of an
    object
  • Increases or as the distance between two objects
    decreases.

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  • What is a protostar?
  • A shrinking, spinning region that begins to
    flatten into a disk with a central concentration
    of matter.

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  • What happens as more matter is pulled into a
    protostar?
  • Gravitational energy is converted into heat
    energy, and the temperature of the protostar
    increases.

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  • What is important about the onset of fusion?
  • It marks the birth of a star.

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Life Cycles of Stars
  • Stars are born (nebular theory)
  • They all start like our sun converting hydrogen
    into helium by high temperature and nuclear fusion

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Life Cycle of Stars by MASS
White dwarf then black dwarf?
Star like our sun
Red giant
Planetary nebula
Nebula-gas and dust
Protostars
Neutron star and/or black hole
supernova
Red supergiant
Massive star
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  • What happens as gravity increases the pressure on
    the matter within a star?
  • The rate of fusion increases.

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  • What does the equilibrium between the outward
    pressures of radiation and the force of gravity
    do?
  • It makes the star stable in size.

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  • How long does a main sequence star maintain a
    stable size?
  • As long as it has an ample supply of hydrogen to
    fuse into helium.

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  • What is the second and longest stage in the life
    of a star?
  • The main-sequence stage.

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  • A star that has the same mass as the suns mass
  • Stays on the main sequence for about 10 million
    years.

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  • When does a star enter its third stage?
  • When almost all of the hydrogen atoms in its core
    have fused into helium atoms.

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Nucleosynthesis and Fusion Reactions
The main process responsible for the energy
produced in most main sequence stars is the
proton-proton (pp) chain.
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  • What does increased temperature from contraction
    in the core cause the helium core to do?
  • As the helium core becomes hotter, it transfers
    energy into a thin shell of hydrogen surrounding
    the core.

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Red Giant Stars
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  • Describe the stars known as giants and their
    place on the H-R diagram.
  • They are large, red stars whose hot core has used
    most of its hydrogen.
  • They are above the main sequence.

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  • What are supergiants?
  • Main-sequence stars that are more massive than
    the sun and become larger than regular giant
    stars.

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  • What is a planetary nebula?
  • A cloud of gas that forms around a sunlike star
    that is dying.

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  • What is a white dwarf?
  • A hot, extremely dense core of matter leftover
    from an old star.

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  • What is a black dwarf?
  • A white dwarf that no longer gives off light.

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  • An explosion on a white dwarf caused by a
    pressure build-up is a
  • Nova

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  • What effect may a nova have on a star?
  • It may cause it to become many thousands of times
    brighter.

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  • Describe a supernova and how it differs from a
    nova.
  • A supernova is a star that has such a tremendous
    explosion that it blows itself apart.
  • Unlike a nova, a white dwarf can sometimes
    accumulate so much mass on its surface that
    gravity overwhelms the outward pressure.
  • The star collapses and is so dense that the outer
    layers rebound and explode.

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  • Stars that have masses of more than 8 times the
    suns mass produce supernovas
  • Without needing a secondary star to fuel them.

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The End?
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