• 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, Science

The course systematically develops the fundamental equations of gas dynamics including magnetic fields. These equations are then used to study astronomical flows in a number of different environments such as stellar winds, wind-driven bubbles, interstellar shock waves, supernova blast waves, accretion disks and jets. Through the study of these specific examples, the course develops a good general physical and mathematical understanding of the transport of mass, momentum and energy in astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

  1. Understand the physical and mathematical basis of astronomical flows.
  2. Develop mathematical and physical skills enabling them to analyze the effects of gravity, pressure forces and magnetic fields on the transport of mass, momentum and energy.
  3. Develop computational skills relevant to the analysis of astrophysical flows.

Indicative Assessment

4 x assignments each worth 25%.  Lo 1-3.

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10 hours per week consisting of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials and 6 hours of work on assignments.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Advanced). Incompatible with ASTR4012.

Prescribed Texts

Fluid Mechanics  by L.D. Landau & E.M. Lifshitz , Elsevier 2004.

The Physics of Astrophysics, Vol. 2 Gas Dynamics by Frank H Shu, University Science Books.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10297 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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