What is the approximate chemical composition (by mass) with which all stars are born?
three quarters hydrogen, one quarter helium, no more than 2% heavier elements
The total amount of power (in watts, for example) that a star radiates into space is called its _________.
According to the inverse square law of light, how will the apparent brightness of an object change if its distance to us triples?
Its apparent brightness will decrease by a factor of 9.
Assuming that we can measure the apparent brightness of a star, what does the inverse square law for light allow us to do?
Calculate the star's luminosity if we know its distance, or calculate its distance if we know its luminosity.
If star A is closer to us than star B, then Star A's parallax angle is _________.
larger than that of Star B
Star A has an apparent magnitude of 3 and star B has an apparent magnitude of 5. Which star is brighter in our sky?
Astronomers can measure a star's mass in only certain cases. Which one of the following cases might allow astronomers to measure a star's mass?
The star is a member of a binary star system
Which of the following terms is given to a pair of stars that we can determine are orbiting each other only by measuring their periodic Doppler shifts?
The axes on a Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram represent _________.
luminosity and surface temperature
On an H-R diagram, stellar radii _________.
increase diagonally from the lower left to the upper right
On an H-R diagram, stellar masses _________.
can be determined for main sequence stars but not for other types of stars
How is the lifetime of a star related to its mass?
More massive stars live much shorter lives than less massive stars. (Small stars are fuel-efficient like a Prius)
What is the common trait of all main sequence stars?
They generate energy through hydrogen fusion in their core.
Suppose our Sun were suddenly replaced by a supergiant star. Which of the following would be true?
Earth would be inside the supergiant.
What do we mean by the main-sequence turnoff point of a star cluster, and what does it tell us?
It is the spectral type of the hottest main sequence star in a star cluster, and it tells us the cluster's age.
Which of the following must be true if we are to infer (calculate) a star's luminosity directly from the inverse square law for light?
-No interstellar gas or dust absorbs or scatters light between us and the star.
-We have measured the star's apparent brightness.
-We have measured the star's distance
Which of the following must be true if the star's inferred mass is to be accurate?
-We have determined that the star is a main-sequence star.
-We have measured the star's spectral type.
Red giant or supergiant stars:
-very cool but very luminous
-found in the upper right of the H-R diagram
Main-sequence stars during their formation process:
Take longer time forming if lower mass (M)
Take shorter time forming if higher mass (O)
What correctly states the relationship between the apparent brightness, luminosity, and distance of a star?
apparent brightness= luminosity/4(3.14159) X (distance)^2
If the distance between us and a star is doubled, with everything else remaining the same, its luminosity
remains the same, but its apparent brightness is decreased by a factor of four.
Since all stars begin their lives with the same basic composition, what characteristic most determines how they will differ?
mass they are formed with
The total amount of power (in watts, for example) that a star radiates into space is called its ________.
The angle subtended by a star to the line between the Sun and the Earth
(the Earth-star-Sun angle)
The brightness a star appears to be from the Earth. The brightest star has a magnitude of 1 and a star 100 times dimmer a magnitude of 6
Absolute Magnitude (Luminosity)
A star's apparent magnitude if it were placed 10 parsecs from the Earth
The total energy per second emitted by a black body is proportional to its surface area and to absolute temperature to the fourth power
Binary Stars: which deals with a review of doppler effect, spectral lines, double, and single lines?