Astrophysics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    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: PHY1004W, MAM1000W

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    24
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course presents an introduction to the theoretical aspects of modern astrophysics. The key objective is to illustrate the application of physical laws in an astronomical context and to explain how we know what we do about the universe and its constituents. Subject matter broached includes:
    Celestial mechanics; radiation laws; blackbody radiation, Planck function and approximations; magnitudes; the hydrogen atom; stellar spectroscopy; stellar evolution and remnants; special relativity; the Earth-Moon system; the Solar system; extrasolar planets; stellar motions; the Milky Way and other galaxies; the extragalactic distance scale; large scale structure; Newtonian cosmology.

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.