- Code ASTR3002
- 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
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 can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students will have the skills and knowledge 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.
Other InformationThis course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- 8 problem sets (60%, LO1-4)
- Final exam (40%, LO1-3)
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Workload3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week; average 5 hours per week of problem sets
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
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- 6 units
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