Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alina Donea


Processes of star and planet formation; celestial mechanics; tides, accretion disks; solar system formation; extra-solar planets; the Sun; interiors of stars and the main sequence; post main sequence evolution; degenerate remnants; the Milky Way; the nature of galaxies; active galaxies; particles and cosmic rays.


On completion of this unit students will become familiar with the application of basic physical and mathematical principles to quantitative and qualitative understanding of the nature of the universe around us; will develop the ability to think physically about astronomical problems, and demonstrate this in a range of problem solving tasks; will develop practical skills in computationally modelling astrophysical systems and will have gained a knowledge of stars, planets, and galaxies sufficient to undertake further astrophysics studies at Level 3.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Problem sets: 10%
Computer laboratories: 30%
Tests: 10%
A pass in the examination is required to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alina Donea

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, one weekly 2-hour computer practical class, one weekly 1-hour support class


MTH1030, MTH1035 or equivalent, and 6 points of physics at level one


MTH2010 or MTH2015 recommended


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