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, telescopes and data analysis techniques in astronomy. The atmospheric physics component of the course will look at the theory and structure of the middle atmosphere and the waves that affect it. The course includes theory and applications to real data of Fourier transforms in one dimension, digitising and windowing. 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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Andrew Cole|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||Delivered wholly by the provider|
|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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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
PrerequisitesKYA211 - Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 - Electromagnetism andThermodynamics AND KMA252 - Calculus and Applications 2
|Assessment||Test or quiz (100%)|
|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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