- Code ASTR8008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Mark Krumholz
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2016
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This course is offered as part of the new Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced) program. It covers the basics of star formation and the transition to planet formation. The course provides an initial survey of the physical processes that govern star-forming clouds, including magnetohydrodyanmic turbulence, gravitational instability, non-ideal MHD effects, and radiative transfer by molecules and dust grains. It then covers the star formation process starting at galactic scales and working down to the scales of individual stars and their disks, touching on topics including: star formation laws; molecular cloud formation, evolution, and disruption; collapse, fragmentation, and the origin of the initial mass function; protostellar disks and outflows; pre-main sequence stellar evolution; massive stars and feedback; and the dispersal of disks and the onset of planet formation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:
- Understand and examine the physical processes – magnetohydrodynamics, gravity, radiation, and chemistry – that govern the process of star formation.
- Be able to describe and apply the observational phenomenology of, and observational techniques used to study star formation.
- Understand, be able to describe and critically examine the major theoretical models for star formation at scales from galaxies to single stars.
Indicative Assessment5 x assignments each worth 20%. Related to learning outcomes 1-3. Some bonus points for oral presentations and participation in class discussions.
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Workload10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of work on assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsNotes on Star Formation, Krumholz, M., Open Astrophysics Bookshelf, 2015
Preliminary ReadingNone specified
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics with relevant experience or academic achievement. Students should have basic familiarity with computer programming.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9933||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|