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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alina Donea


Stellar photometry; observing the stars; star formation; equation of state; reduced equations of stellar structure; polytropic stellar models; full equations of stellar structure; the main sequence; post-main-sequence evolution. Galactic morphology and stellar content; elliptical and spiral galaxies; large-scale structure of the Milky Way; dark matter; potential theory; galactic dynamics-orbits in spherical and axisymmetric potentials. Field trip. Astronomical data reduction.


On completion of this unit, students will: understand the nature of stars - their life histories, how they produce energy, how they synthesise the chemical elements, their ultimate fates; be able to build simple polytropic numerical stellar models; be able to distinguish and discuss the different galactic types; understand the relationships between stellar evolution, galactic evolution, and the creation of the elements; be able to model computationally the motion of stars in galaxies; understand the implications of the observed nature of galaxies for theories of the universe; be familiar with the morphology and kinematics of the Milky Way; understand the significance of Dark matter to galactic structure; be able to use a large research-level telescope, including for data collection and analysis.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments: 20%
Field-trip report: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alina Donea

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour support classes per week and one 1-hour computer laboratory in most weeks


One of MTH2010 or MTH2015, plus MTH2032, or equivalent


ASP3011, ASP3032, MAT3111 or MAT3132