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Durham University

Department of Physics

PHYS2621 Stars and Galaxies (2018/19)

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 https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/library/

Content

Observational Techniques

Dr A.M. Swinbank

8 lectures + 4 workshops in Michaelmas Term

Textbooks:

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

Syllabus: Telescopes.

Stars

Prof D.M. Alexander

17 lectures + 8 workshops in Michaelmas and Epiphany Terms

Textbooks:

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

Syllabus: Observed Properties of Stars; Binary Stars; Hydrostatic Equilibrium; Stellar Power Sources; Stellar Structure; Stellar Pulsation; Star Formation; Stellar Evolution; Degenerate Remnants of Stars.

Galactic Astronomy

Prof T. Theuns

11 lectures + 6 workshops in Epiphany Term

Textbooks:

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

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 assisted by direct interaction with the workshop leaders. They also provide opportunity for you to obtain further feedback on the self-assessed formative weekly problems. Students will be divided into four groups, each of which will attend one one-hour class every week. The workshops for this module are not compulsory.

Mid-term progress tests: Two 40-minute compulsory formative progress tests (weeks 6 and 16).

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