Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: AST2002H and AST2003H (or AST2002S), PHY2014F, PHY2015S, MAM2000W (or MAM2004H and MAM2047H).

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    The aim of this course is to provide a broad introduction to galactic & extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. Topics will include the Milky Way and normal galaxies, supermassive black holes, active galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and cosmology and the origin of structure in the universe. Current hot topics in the area are also discussed in lectures from time to time and students are encouraged to keep abreast of the latest developments. A further aim is to develop observing data reduction skills. Students will therefore participate in a field trip to the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, where they will obtain their own spectroscopic data and will be taught how to do the data reduction and analysis.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.