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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Dr Duncan Galloway



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 be able to:

  1. Apply basic physical and mathematical principles to gain a quantitative and qualitative understanding of the universe;
  2. Think physically about astronomical problems, and demonstrate this in a range of problem solving tasks;
  3. Exhibit practical skills in computationally modelling astrophysical systems;
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of stars, planets, and galaxies sufficient to undertake further astrophysics studies at Level 3.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Workshops: 35%
Tests: 15%
Students must achieve a pass mark in the workshop component to achieve an overall pass grade.

Workload requirements

  • Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials per week
  • One 3-hour workshop per week
  • Six hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One unit (six points) of physics at first-year level, and MTH1030 or MTH1035 or ENG1005 or equivalent


MTH2010 or MTH2015 recommended - required for Astrophysics at level three