- Code ASTR4012
- Unit Value 6 units
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:
- Understand the physical and mathematical basis of astronomical flows.
- 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.
- Develop computational skills relevant to the analysis of astrophysical flows.
Indicative Assessment4 x assignments each worth 25%. Lo 1-3.
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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
You will need to contact the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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.
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