- Code ASTR8002
- 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
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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