Courses & Units

Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics KYA306

Note:

This unit is available in odd numbered years only.

Introduction

Astrophysics is the investigation of the Universe. It enables us to study the behaviour of matter in extreme environments that cannot be replicated on Earth. Atmospheric physics plays an important role in understanding weather and climate systems. In this unit you will study the solar system, stars, stellar evolution, collapsed objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, galactic structure, galaxies, active galaxy nuclei, and the cosmic background radiation.

The atmospheric physics component of the course will look at the theory and structure of the middle atmosphere and the waves that affect it. This unit builds upon topics covered in the core second year physics units and is recommended for students intending to major in physics. KYA206 Atmospheric physics and astrophysics is not a prerequisite for this unit, but it is recommended.

Summary

Unit name Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics
Unit code KYA306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Mathematics and Physics
Teaching staff

Prof J Dickey, Dr D Murphy, Dr A Cole.

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

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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* 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.

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Fees

Domestic

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Requisites

Prerequisites

  • KYA211 and KYA212 and KMA252

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

3 x 1hr lectures weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly

Assessment

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

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Textbooks

Required

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