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Abstract

In this chapter we first identify eclipsing binaries (EBs) as a class of variable stars, which we discuss generally. We then sketch the importance of EBs for the determination of fundamental stellar data. We discuss the conditions under which EB light curve data enable astronomers to derive stellar masses and other parameters. Finally, we provide the foundation for understanding EB models based on equipotential surfaces.

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Convection Mercury Autocorrelation Lution Haas 

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  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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