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Undergraduate Course: Astronomy 1S: Stellar and Planetary Science (PHYS08027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionTHIS COURSE IS NO LONGER RUNNING. There are five modules: Stars and the Universe - The Structure of Stars - The Birth of Stars and Planets - Stellar Evolution - Star Death. Each module gives a physical grounding in its subject and together they build a full picture of stellar and planetary science.
Next year (2013/2014) a new course called Introductory Astrophysics will run which will be a prohibited combination with this course. We recommend 1st year students who wish to take an Astronomy course both in their 1st and 2nd year take Discovering Astronomy (PHYS08039) this year (2012/2013).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking ( Discovering Astronomy (PHYS08039) OR Discovering Astronomy S: Stars and Planets (PHYS08029))
Other requirements A physical science course to SCE Higher grade or equivalent is desirable.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course the student should:
1) have a thorough understanding at the appropriate level of the basic observational results of stellar astrophysics and of the theoretical tools used in their interpretation.
2) understand the physics of the internal structure of a main sequence star
3) understand the current knowledge of formation of stars and planets
4) know how stars evolve from the main sequence, how they transmute the elements in their cores and how this relates to the history of the Universe
5) understand the ways in which different stars die: white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes.
Assessment Information
1 coursework exercise, 16.7%, tutorial exercise 16.7%
Degree Examination, 66.6%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Introduction
Celestial Mechanics; Radiation and Matter; Spectra; Distances and Magnitudes; The HR diagram

Stellar Structure
Review of Observations; Dynamical timescales; Thermal equilibrium; Nuclear reactions; The Main-sequence; Post-main-sequence evolution

The Origin of the Planets
The Solar Systems; The formations of planets; Extrasolar planets; Impacts

The Evolution of Stars
Star birth; The evolution of the Sun; Star clusters; The origin of chemicals in the Universe; The life cycle of a star

Star Death
The life of a star; White dwarfs; Neutron stars; Black holes
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsAst1S
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ken Rice
Tel: (0131) 668 8384
Email: wkmr@roe.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
Email: Paula.Wilkie@ed.ac.uk
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