- 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
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will not be available.
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:
- 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.
- 8 problem sets (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Critical reflection on research literature, delivered in written and oral form (20) [LO 5,6]
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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 3 hours of lectures (1x2 hour lecture plus 1x1 hour lecture) and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
- Approximately 96 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 5 hours per week of problem sets and 3 hours per week of work on the literature analysis).
To be determined
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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