- Code ASTR3007
- 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
This course provides an introduction to stellar structure, evolution, and atmospheres. It covers the basic physical processes that govern the behaviour of stars, including hydrostatic equilibrium, thermal balance, nuclear energy generation, and radiation transport, the application of these principles to modeling the life cycle of stars from birth to the main sequence to death, and the development of tools to deduce stars' physical properties from the light they emit.
This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the concepts of hydrostatic balance, equations of state for stellar matter, transfer of heat through stars, stellar nucleosynthesis, and radiation transport, and perform calculations using these concepts;
- Calculate the internal structures of stars at a variety of levels of approximation;
- Describe the life cycles of stars from birth to death, and how these cycles depend on stellar mass;
- Explain the basic theory of stellar spectra, and use this theory to interpret the observed spectra of stars;
- Work effectively as part of a group.
- 6 problem sets (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- HPO option: written report on research project (20%; weight of problem sets reduced to 40%) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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 82 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 5 hours per week of problem sets).
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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