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Durham University

Department of Physics

PHYS2621 Stars and Galaxies (2012/13)

Details of the module's prerequisites, learning outcomes, assessment and contact hours are given in the official module description in the Faculty Handbook - follow the link above.  A detailed description of the module's content is given below, together with book lists and a link to the current library catalogue entries.  For an explanation of the library's categorisation system see http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/library/.

Content

Observational Techniques

Prof T. Shanks

8 lectures + 1 workshop in Michaelmas Term

Textbooks:

Required: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, B.W. Carroll and D.A. Ostlie (Addison-Wesley)

Syllabus: Telescopes.

 

Stars

Prof D. M. Alexander

18 lectures + 3 workshops in Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms

Textbooks:

Required: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, B.W. Carroll and D.A. Ostlie (Addison-Wesley)

Syllabus: Binary stars and Stellar Parameters; The Classification of Stellar Spectra; Stellar Atmospheres; The Interior of Stars; The Sun; The Process of Star Formation; Post-Main-Sequence Stellar Evolution; Stellar Pulsation; The Degenerate Remnants of Stars; Black Holes; Close Binary Systems.

 

Galactic Astronomy

Dr T. Theuns

12 lectures + 2 workshops in Epiphany and Easter Terms

Textbooks:

Required: Introduction to Modern Astrophysics, B.W. Carroll and D.A. Ostlie (Addison-Wesley)

Syllabus: The Milky Way Galaxy; The Nature of Galaxies; Galactic Evolution.

 

Revision

3 lectures in Easter Term

Teaching methods

Lectures: 2 one-hour lectures per week

Workshops: These provide an opportunity to work through and digest the course material by attempting exercises and assignments assisted by direct interaction with the lecturers and workshop leaders. Students will be divided into four groups, each of which will attend one one-hour class every three weeks.

Problem exercises: See http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/problems/