6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
An introduction to contemporary astrophysics, with a focus on the range of physical processes which shape the universe and the objects within. Students will study the generation, propagation and absorption of radiation; processes of star and planet formation; celestial mechanics; accretion disks; the sun; interiors of stars and nucleosynthesis; post main sequence evolution; degeneration remnants; the Milky Way; the structure of galaxies; active galaxies; particles and cosmic rays. Laboratory work will include analytic and computer-based exercises, involving research-grade data and numerical codes.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Apply basic physical and mathematical principles, including dimensional analysis, to gain a quantitative and qualitative understanding of astrophysical processes.
- Explain how observational data may be exploited to infer the physical properties of cosmic objects.
- Solve astrophysical problems, and complete a range of problem solving tasks by drawing on physical principles.
- Use practical skills to computationally model astrophysical systems.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of stars, planets, and galaxies sufficient to undertake further astrophysics studies at Level 3.
Examination (3 hours): 50%
Workshops: 35% (Hurdle)
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the workshop component to achieve an overall pass grade.
- Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials per week
- One 3-hour workshop per week
- Six hours of independent study per week
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