This unit looks in detail at energy production in the Sun and the physics of the atmosphere, the interface between space and the Earth. The Sun is considered in the context of the physics of stars. The course includes investigation of solar activity and cosmic rays; auroras and their interaction with the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field; the ionosphere; the ozone layer; climate change and measuring techniques. The physics of radiation transfer is covered in detail, including the processes of transmission, absorption, ionization, scattering and emission. The role of hydrostatic equilibrium and the dynamics of rotating systems are explored. Some material on remote sensing of the atmosphere and of the Earth's surface through the atmosphere will also be covered. This unit builds upon topics covered in the core first year physics units and is recommended for students intending to major in physics.
|Unit name||Atmospheric Physics and Stellar Astrophysics|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Discipline||Mathematics & Physics|Oceans and Cryosphere|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2018: $1,148.00||2018: $2,126.00||010701|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
3 x 1hr lectures weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly
3-hr end-of-semester exam (50%), internal assessment (50%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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