Courses & Units

Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics KYA306


This unit is available in odd numbered years only.


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.


Unit name Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics
Unit code KYA306
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Teaching staff

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

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


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  • KYA211 and KYA212 and KMA252


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1hr lectures weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly


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

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