An Introduction to Cosmochemistry

An Introduction to Cosmochemistry

by Charles R. Cowley, Cowley Charles R.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521459206

ISBN-13: 9780521459204

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This upper-division textbook describes the composition and evolution of material objects in the universe. The survey begins with a discussion of terrestrial materials and ends with the composition of quasars and distant galaxies. There are two main themes: chemical processes responsible for the abundances we observe, and nuclear processes in which the chemical

Overview

This upper-division textbook describes the composition and evolution of material objects in the universe. The survey begins with a discussion of terrestrial materials and ends with the composition of quasars and distant galaxies. There are two main themes: chemical processes responsible for the abundances we observe, and nuclear processes in which the chemical elements originate. The author presents a total pedagogic synthesis of the subject, building on the basic information in the first chapters to lead into a fuller explanation of the composition of the planets and stellar and primordial nucleosynthesis. The later chapters treat the analytical methods of stellar and nebular spectra, and move on to the composition of stars and galaxies. The book is fully referenced and includes problem sets for the student.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521459204
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Overview; 2. Minerals: an introduction to the nomenclature and chemistry; 3. A brief introduction to petrology; 4. A resumé of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; 5. Condensation sequences and the geochemical classification of the elements; 6. The theory of the bulk composition of the planets; 7. Meteorites and the standard abundance distribution (SAD); 8. An introduction to isotope geology; 9. Some concepts from nuclear physics; 10. Energy generation in stars and nucleosynthesis; 11. Atomic and molecular spectra; 12. The analysis of stellar spectra; 13. The chemistry of stars and the stellar systems;14. Cold, non-stellar material in galaxies; 15. Emission line regions and their chemical abundances; 16. Abundances of the elements in galaxies.

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