Study Plan

Learning Goals

By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. Estimate the lifetime of a star from its mass.
  2. Explain why low-mass stars grow larger and more luminous as they run out of fuel.
  3. Sketch post-main-sequence evolutionary tracks on an H-R diagram.
  4. Make a flowchart of the stages of evolution for low-mass stars.
  5. Describe how planetary nebulae and white dwarfs form.
  6. Summarize the processes that could allow a low-mass star in a binary system to evolve into a nova or supernova.

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