• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Christoph Federrath
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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:

  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

  1. 4 x assignments (100) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 4 hours of lectures and tutorials per week.
  • Approximately 86 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (6 hours per week).

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ASTR8002

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.

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9196 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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