- Code ASTR2013
- 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 UGRD
- AsPr Michael Ireland
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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Enrolment in this course is capped at 44 students
The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of the most essential physical processes in astrophysics, and the way in which we can make key inferences about these processes by astronomical observations. Students will develop an understanding of the thermodynamical, nuclear and radiative processes that govern the evolution of stars, and how stellar masses, distances, luminosities, temperature and radii are inferred from observations. They will learn about the key components of galaxies – dark matter, stars and gas, and how their masses and other properties are measured. Students will also gain practical experience with astronomical observations with a field trip to the Siding Spring Observatory.
This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Use mathematical, computational, and experimental skills in the context of planning, executing, and interpreting telescopic observations;
- Analyse and describe the properties and behaviour of a wide range of astronomical objects using physical principles;
- Work effectively as part of a research group;
- Communicate research findings.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- 6 problem sets (40%) (LO1-3)
- Final exam (30%) (LO1-2)
- Written report based on observations made during the field trip (20%) (LO3-4)
- Participation and performance during the field trip (10%) (LO1)
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WorkloadA four-day / three-night field trip to Siding Spring Observatory during the mid-semester teaching break. During the term, 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial per week; approximately 4 hours of problem sets per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsAstrophysics in a Nutshell, by D. Maoz
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended: PHYS2013, PHYS2020
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