asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Physics Porn

This is basically a "yay, me!" post to give myself the incentive to keep working on my physics problems.

I'm working my way through Marc L. Kutner's "Astronomy: A Physical Perspective". Chapter 2 deals mostly with nuts-and-bolts stuff like the EM spectrum, stellar magnitudes, and the relationship between AU's and parsecs. The fun starts in chapter 3 where we learn about spectral classes and emission/absorption lines.

Just for giggles (and to help myself get some facility with the software) I tried setting up Planck's blackbody formula on Maple and Mathematica. Here's what it looks like in Maple:

Woo hoo.
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