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. 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 galactic nuclei, galaxy clusters, and the cosmic background radiation.
This unit builds upon topics covered in the core second year physics units. KYA306 is an advanced unit within the physics major. It is a strong foundation for doing an honours project, masters, or PhD in astrophysics. This unit is taught only in odd-numbered years. It alternates with KYA3xx, Stellar and Planetary Physics, so that all physics majors have the option to study one or the other of these advanced units that cover macroscopic applications of gravitation, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and fluid dynamics. Honours students have the opportunity to take either or both of these units as desired, by planning appropriately.
|Unit name||Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Andrew Cole|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Explain how the theories of gravity, electromagnetism, and atomic & nuclear physics relate to the study of galactic and extragalactic astronomy and inform society's concepts of our place in the cosmos.
- Apply knowledge of galactic and extragalactic systems to modern astrophysical scientific questions.
- Analyse galactic and extragalactic astrophysical objects using appropriate scientific methodology.
- Present scientific results to peers and demonstrate understanding of astrophysics using oral and written means with appropriate data visualization techniques.
- Use ethical approaches to problem solving, self-directed learning, and group learning relevant to astrophysical investigations, to develop collaborative and professional ways of working.
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PrerequisitesKYA211 - Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 - Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND KMA252 - Calculus and Applications 2
3 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly
|Assessment||Midterm Test #1 - Interstellar Medium and Star Formation (25%)|Midterm Test #2 - Orbits and Gravitation (25%)|Problem Set Assignments (25%)|Literature review paper (25%)|
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