Offered subject to student demand/lecturer availability
This unit is an elective coursework unit aimed at students enrolled in honours in physics. The objective is to provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings and modern observational understanding of advanced topics in astrophysics including plasma physics, exoplanets, and binary stars. Study of this unit gives an in-depth exposure to the concepts and methods of modern astrophysical research at the forefront of science. Applications of physical principles in daily life and technology are kept in mind at all appropriate points in the course. Students are encouraged to develop their conceptual thinking ability, and to practice approximating real situations by modeling and simulation.
|Unit name||Advanced Astrophysics|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Andrew Cole|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|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|
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- Explain the physical principles underlying complex theoretical topics in astrophysics, cosmology, and plasma physics.
- Use the methods and tools of modern astrophysics to solve problems in a research setting.
- Find and organise information from appropriate sources to identify the important physical processes governing astrophysical phenomena.
- Critically assess observational evidence to test hypotheses and make predictions in astrophysics and cosmology.
- Synthesize complex astrophysical information and communicate conclusions in clear language to a variety of audiences.
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Prerequisitesstudents must be enrolled in Honours, Masters, or PhD course in physics or a closely-related discipline.
3 x 1-hr lectures per week, 1 x 1-hr tutorial
|Assessment||Research Project Report (33.3%)|Research Project Oral Report (16.7%)|Presentation of Experimental Results (16.7%)|Problem Set Assignments (33.3%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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