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Physics for Astrophysics (6 points)


Leader: Dr Imants Svalbe (School of Physics & Materials Engineering)

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit consists of three 12-lecture sub-units and a 12-hour astrophysics laboratory component. The sub-units are: (1) Stellar atmospheres: features of spectra including line broadening and splitting which provide data on the characteristics of a star's atmosphere; (2) Elementary particles: spin, parity, isotopic spin, strangeness and baryon/lepton number, conservation laws of the fundamental interactions, symmetry theories; and (3) Nuclear physics: nuclear stability, shell model and angular momentum, radioactive decay selection rules, the neutrino and Fermi theory of beta decay, nuclear force; Astrophysics laboratory: analysis and simulation of trophysical phenomena.

Assessment: Examinations (4.5 hours at 1.5 hours each): 72% + Assignments: 18% + Laboratory: 10%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures and an average of one 1-hour tutorial and 1-hour laboratory per week

Prerequisites: PHS2011, PHS2022, MTH2010, MTH2032

Prohibitions: PHS3062

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