- Code ASTR8008
- 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
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.
This course covers the basics of star formation and the transition to planet formation. The course provides an initial survey of the physical processes that govern star-forming clouds, including magnetohydrodyanmic turbulence, gravitational instability, non-ideal MHD effects, and radiative transfer by molecules and dust grains. It then covers the star formation process starting at galactic scales and working down to the scales of individual stars and their disks, touching on topics including: star formation laws; molecular cloud formation, evolution, and disruption; collapse, fragmentation, and the origin of the initial mass function; protostellar disks and outflows; pre-main sequence stellar evolution; massive stars and feedback; and the dispersal of disks and the onset of planet formation.
This course is co-taught with Honours students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and examine the physical processes — magnetohydrodynamics, gravity, radiation, and chemistry — that govern the process of star formation.
- Be able to describe and apply the observational phenomenology of, and observational techniques used to study star formation.
- Understand, be able to describe and critically examine the major theoretical models for star formation at scales from galaxies to single stars.
- 5 problem sets (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- In-class presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Oral final exam (30) [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 tutorialsl per week
- Approximately 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 6 hours per week on assignments).
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsNotes on Star Formation, Krumholz, M., Open Astrophysics Bookshelf, 2015
Preliminary ReadingNone specified
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Science or equivalent with a major in physics or mathematics with relevant experience or academic achievement. Students should have basic familiarity with computer programming.
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