- Code ASTR6002
- 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, Mathematics, Physics
The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of extragalactic astronomy and the astrophysics that describes galaxies and the universe. We will study the properties of galaxies and galactic nuclei, stellar and gas dynamics, clusters of galaxies, the large scale distribution of galaxies and galaxy clusters and their use as cosmological tools. The students will further get an overview of cosmology with emphasis on the cosmic microwave background, galaxies and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation. Additional topics include nucleosynthesis, quasar absorption lines, and gammaray bursts.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
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:
- Apply physical principles to the analysis of observations of galaxies and of the Universe as a whole;
- Use a range of mathematical and computational techniques in this analysis, including order of magnitude estimation and numerical modeling;
- Communicate the results of this analysis;
- Work effectively as part of a group;
- Read, interpret, and critically analyse professional research literature in the areas of galaxies and cosmology;
- Identify unsolved problems in galaxies and cosmology, and propose research approaches that could be used to address them.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment is based on:
- 8 problem sets (40%) (LO1-4)
- Final exam (40%) (LO1-3)
- Critical reflection on research literature, delivered in written and oral form (20%) (LO5-6)
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Workload3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week; average 5 hours per week of problem sets, and 3 hours per week of work on the literature analysis
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsGalaxies in the Universe, An Introduction, by L. S. Sparke and J. S. Gallagher III Introduction to Cosmology, by B. Ryden
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in astronomy, physics, or mathematics with relevant experience or academic achievement. Students should have basic familiarity with computer programming.
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