Stellar Astrophysics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Stellar Astrophysics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of the heavens from above atmosphere to the furthest reaches of the universe. This unit is one of the units in the astrophysics minor and covers the essential aspects of stellar astrophysics and naturally follows on from PVB101, The physics of the very large. The unit covers the birth, life, death of stars and is a mix of theory and laboratory exercises. The laboratory exercises cover astrophysical topics relevant to everyday physics.

    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit, you will provide evidence of:
    1.Explanation of the main principles of stellar astrophysics. 
    2.Selection and application of the correct equations to solve basic astrophysical problems.
    3.Scientific writing through a series of short scientific reports based on experimental lab work that incorporates the basic elements of a scientific paper
    4.Presentation of an astrophysics topic to a non-astrophysics audience verbally and in a short written report in the style of a newspaper or magazine article.


    1.Kepler's laws, gravitation, the physics of planetary motion, detection of exosolar planets. 
    2.Formation of the solar system. 
    3.The moon, planets and meteors and tidal forces. 
    4.Measuring distances in the universe using parallax, Cepheid variables, inverse square law, red shift, type Ia supernovae. Telescopes resolution.
    5.Stellar classification, spectroscopy, stellar composition, magnitude, luminance.
    6.Star birth nebulae, contraction of Bok globules, protostars. 
    7.Nucleosynthesis in the sun. 
    8.The sun.
    9.Nucleosynthesis in star more massive than the sun. 
    10.Red giants, planetary nebulae, white dwarfs. 
    12.Neutron stars, pulsars. 
    13.Black holes, gamma ray bursts

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