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This subject provides an introduction to astrophysics discussing the basic structure of stars, our galaxy, and the universe and introducing the most recent research questions.
Topics covered include:
- structure and evolution of stars, degenerate stars, black holes, the structure of the Milky Way and other cosmic objects, emission processes in astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, relativistic cosmology and cosmological models
Intended learning outcomes
To challenge students to expand their knowledge of fundamental astrophysical principles and develop their capacity to:
- explain the structure and evolution of stars, the Milky Way and other cosmic objects and cosmological models;
- explain the physics underlying emission processes in astrophysics, high energy astrophysics and cosmology, and
- demonstrate an understanding of emission processes, degenerate stars, black holes, accretion processes and relativistic cosmology;
- solve problems relevant to these topics.
A student who completes this subject should be able to:
- analyse how to solve a problem by applying simple fundamental laws to more complicated situations;
- apply abstract concepts to real-world situations;
- solve relatively complicated problems using approximations;
- participate as an effective member of a group in tutorial discussions;
- manage time effectively in order to be prepared for tutorial classes, undertake written assignments and the examination, and prepare and give a group presentation.
Last updated: 15 February 2024