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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 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (with Intercalated Year) (GF14) - Year 4