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Astronomy: from Stars to Black Holes - OLET1638

Year - 2019

This unit of study explores the lives of the stars, leading some to explosive ends and the formation of a black hole. You will learn about the life cycle of a star from its birth in the interstellar medium to its fate as a stellar remnant - as a white dwarf, neutron star or perhaps a black hole. You will work with simulations to gain an appreciation and understanding of the methodology and techniques of modern astronomy, especially astronomical spectroscopy that allows us to measure the composition, physical state and motion of the stars. These measurements also reveal the extreme properties of stellar remnants. More recently, observations of gravitational waves have opened a new window on the universe, allowing us to study the merger of neutron stars. Our study of spectroscopic and gravitational wave observations of extreme environments will clearly illustrate how modern astronomy depends on advancing technology leading to new instrumentation and observational capabilities. The unit also includes opportunities for day and night observing sessions.

Classes
reading, videos and online quizzes 4 hrs/week; lecture 2 hrs/week; tutorial 1 hr/week; viewing session 3 hrs

Assessment
On-line Quizzes (40%), Tutorials (10%), Viewing report (10%), Final Examination(40%)

Prohibitions

PHYS1500

Details

Faculty: Science

Intensive April

25 Mar 2019

Department/School: Physics Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 19 Apr 2019
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 2.0
EFTSL: 0.042
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Science

Intensive September

26 Aug 2019

Department/School: Physics Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 20 Sep 2019
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 2.0
EFTSL: 0.042
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof John O'Byrne
HECS Band: 2
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