PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
The content of this unit includes the physical principles underlying radiation mechanisms, planetary astronomy, stellar birth and evolution, astronomy techniques, neutron stars and supernovae, optical telescope projects and computer modelling laboratories. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, and developed and applied through laboratory and computer projects. Skills in problem identification, mathematical exploration and solution are fostered through assignment sheets and tutorial activities.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles underlying space electrodynamics, planetary astronomy, stellar astrophysics and astronomical techniques and modelling; (2) apply critical thinking skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (3) use appropriate mathematical techniques; (4) apply problem identification and mathematical solution skills in a range of realistic physical situations; (5) demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles of measurement, experimental technique, quantitative analysis and data analysis relevant to astronomy and astrophysics; and (6) demonstrate communication skills relevant to the discipline of physics.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) laboratory; and (3) tests and examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers or PHYS1003 Classical and Frontier Physics) and PHYS1002 Modern Physics and (MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods or equivalent)
Co-requisites:
PHYS2001 Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and MATH2501 Advanced Mathematical Methods for students enrolled in the Combined Bachelor of Science (Frontier Physics) and Master of Physics
Contact hours
practical classes: 2 hours per week; project/lab work: 3 hours per week
Note
Semester two enrolment is available only under special circumstances. Please contact the unit coordinator.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.