• Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject ANU Extension
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Paul Francis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course is designed for students who wish to study modern astrophysics at a high level and who have a desire to gain a deep understanding of the universe and its evolution, at a level beyond a standard that may be offered through a unit in the Physics courses at years 11 and 12.  International students are not able to enrol in this course.

Topics covered in year 11 will include;

•    The main time, length and mass scales in astronomy
•    The application of Newtons laws in astrophysics
•    The first stars in the universe
•    Supernovae, black holes and the death of stars
•    The formation stars and planets
•    Methods for finding new planets and conclusions that can be drawn from them
•    Planetary climates and thermodynamics
•    Life in space – philosophical arguments about its existence and nature
•    The use of graphical methods to display astrophysical data
•    An introduction to statistical techniques used in astrophysics
Topics covered in year 12 include
•    The origins of electromagnetic radiation and the various categories of electromagnetic radiation
•    The very early universe, from the era of inflation to the microwave background
•    The expanding universe, and evidence for the Big Bang
•    Dark matter: the evidence for it, alternative theories and its possible nature.
•    Dark Energy, the evidence for it, alternative theories and its possible nature.
•    The information base on which an interpretation and description of the universe depends
•    The science required to interpret the information gathered to describe the universe, to include general relativity
•    The acquisition of data concerning the universe
•    The use of information technology to process large data sets
•    The use of statistical techniques to analyse large data sets

This is Part B of a 2 part course.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed EXTN1001A


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6.00 0.12500
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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5185 05 Feb 2024 05 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 27 Sep 2024 In Person N/A

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