Topics in Astrophysics

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Topics in Astrophysics

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    Description
    To introduce students to galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. In particular to the classification, evolution and dynamics of galaxies with an emphasis on developing a theoretical understanding of the physics involved.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. describe the properties of the various classes of galaxies, including the observations of the interstellar medium in the different classes
    2. describe the physical properties of the states of the Interstellar Medium and/or explain theories for their existence
    3. examine gravitational instabilities in self-gravitating fluids using linear stability analysis.
    4. describe the properties of the various types of shocks in the interstellar medium.
    5. derive mathematical descriptions of the motions of large numbers of stars in a galaxy
    6. draw together information from different sources in the scientific literature to present a clear picture of a given topic in galactic astrophysics.