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Plasma and Astrophysics (Advanced) - PHYS3937

Year - 2019

Looking at the sky it is easy to forget our Sun and the stars are continuous giant nuclear explosions, or that nebulas are vast fields of ionized gases, all obeying the same laws of physics as anything else in the universe. Astrophysics gives us great insight in the larger structures of the universe, and plasma physics is key to understanding matter in space, but also in fusion reactors or for advanced material processing. This selective unit in the physics major will provide an introduction to astrophysics and plasma physics, complemented with experimental labs. You will study three key concepts in astrophysics: the physics of radiation processes, stellar evolution, and binary stars. You will gain understanding of the physics of fundamental phenomena in plasmas and apply basic methods of theoretical and experimental plasma physics. The advanced stream has several separate, more in-depth lectures and more open-ended experimental physics projects: You will learn and apply new experimental and data analysis techniques by designing and carrying out in-depth experimental investigations on selected topics in physics, with expert tutoring. In completing this unit you will gain understanding of the foundations of modern physics and develop skills in experimental physics, measurement, and data analysis.

Classes
Lecture 3h/week, tutorial 1h/fortnight, experimental lab 18h/semester

Assessment
2x topical assignments (11%), 1 x overarching problem assignment (10%), Experimental physics logbook (10%), Experimental physics report(15%), Online quizzes: (4%), Final exam (50%)

Assumed knowledge
(MATH2021 OR MATH2921 OR MATH2061 OR MATH2961 OR MATH2067)

Pre-requisites

[An average mark of 70 or above in (PHYS2011 or PHYS2911 or PHYS2921) AND (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912 or PHYS2922)]

Co-requisites

PHYS3035 OR PHYS3935

Prohibitions

PHYS3037 or PHYS3042 or PHYS3043 or PHYS3044 or PHYS3942 or PHYS3943 or PHYS3944

Details

Faculty: Science

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Physics Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof. Boris Kuhlmey
HECS Band: 2
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