# PX387 - Astrophysics

**Module code:**PX387**Module name:**Astrophysics**Department:**Physics**Credit:**15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

## Module content and teaching

###### Principal aims

To introduce the most important physical processes and detection methods required for understanding the broad band emission spectra of astrophysical objects from the radio regime to X-rays and gamma-rays, to provide a basis for further studies in observational astrophysics.

###### Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should: be able to identify the major emission mechanisms of astrophysical objects: understand the physical basis of detection methods for UV-radiation and X-rays from astrophysical sources; understand how electromagnetic theory and quantum mechanics are used to predict the emission of radiation; be able to quantify physical conditions in a variety of astrophysical systems using measured data; understand how gravitational potential energy produces most of the high-energy radiation of the Universe through the process of accretion.

###### Timetabled teaching activities

24 Lectures and 5 problem classes

###### Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year3/px387/

## Module assessment

Assessment group | Assessment name | Percentage |
---|---|---|

15 CATS (Module code: PX387-15) | ||

B (Examination only) | 2 hr exam (Summer) Astrophysics | 100% |

VA (Visiting students only) | 100% assessed (visiting/exchange) PART YEAR | 100% |

## Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

###### Core

N/A

###### Optional Core

N/A

###### Optional

- Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year) (F301) - Year 4
- Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 4
- Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
- Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 5
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 4
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4