PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit builds on a solid foundation of mathematics and physics established in an undergraduate Physics, or Astronomy and Astrophysics, major. The unit comprises lecture modules, with 18 lectures being compulsory and the remaining 18 lectures being drawn from a selection of elective modules. The unit covers material drawn from a range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics, including (1) radio astronomy techniques—an overview of radio astronomy techniques and a discussion of research topics to which they can be applied; (2) galaxies and cosmology; (3) radiation mechanisms and active galactic nuclei; (4) galactic dynamics and the dynamics of our Milky Way; (5) space electrodynamics; (6) radiation processes; (7) line emission; (8) astrophysical shocks; and (9) compact objects.
Outcomes
In addition to the specific knowledge imparted, students develop skills in critical thinking about physical situations, problem solving and quantitative analysis.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and projects and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS7441 Special Topics in Physics IV
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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