Astrophysics - ZPEM2509

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZPEM2509 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZPEM1301 or ZPEM1303, ZPEM1302 or ZPEM1304, ZPEM1501, ZPEM1502

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The course begins with an overview of modern astronomy looking at astronomical tools and techniques, star formation and stellar evolution, stellar energy sources and models, and galaxies and clusters of galaxies. The important physics concepts underpinning these topics are emphasised throughout. Building on this formation, the remainder of the course explores some selected topics in modern Astronomy & Astrophysics in more detail. These are (1) cosmology, (2) particle physics and nucleosynthesis, (3) dense states of cosmic matter, and (4) star and planet formation and the interstellar medium.

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