• Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Areas of interest Astronomy and Astrophysics

This course is usually offered every even year (eg 2018)

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and examine the physical processes — magnetohydrodynamics, gravity, radiation, and chemistry — that govern the process of star formation.
  2. Be able to describe and apply the observational phenomenology of, and observational techniques used to study star formation.
  3. Understand, be able to describe and critically examine the major theoretical models for star formation at scales from galaxies to single stars.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5 problem sets (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. In-class presentation (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Oral final exam (30) [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 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).

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced), the Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Incompatible with ASTR4008.

Prescribed Texts

Notes on Star Formation, Krumholz, M., Open Astrophysics Bookshelf, 2015

Preliminary Reading

None specified

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor 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.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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
6997 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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