Courses & Units

Atmospheric Physics and Stellar Astrophysics KYA206




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
Unit code KYA206
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics & Physics|Oceans and Cryosphere

Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof A Cole, Dr M Duldig, Prof JP Beaulie and staff from the Australian Antarctic Division

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $1,148.00 2018: $2,126.00 010701

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Teaching Pattern

3 x 1hr lectures weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly


3-hr end-of-semester exam (50%), internal assessment (50%)

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