Stellar Astrophysics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Stellar 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).

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course outline:
    This course introduces fundamental concepts such as radiative transfer and opacity to explain the observed spectroscopic and photometric signatures of stars. Students will interpret the observed intrinsic properties of stars through a theoretical understanding of the energy production inside stars and the propogation of the electromagnetic radiation from the stellar core through its interior to the stellar surface, from where the radiation escapes unhindered. The life cycle of stars is considered in great detail, from the collapse of an interstellar gas cloud to the end products of stellar evolution: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. This course includes an observational component in which the students use the modern teaching observatory on campus to derive fundamental properties of stars and stellar systems.

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.