- Code ASTR4012
- 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, Science
Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2020. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.
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, jets, and turbulent flows. 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:
- 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.
- 4 x assignments (100) [LO 1,2,3]
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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).
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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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