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PX397 - Galaxies

  • Module code: PX397
  • Module name: Galaxies
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To illustrate how important physical principles, from different areas of physics, can be developed to yield a description of complex physical systems like galaxies. The module should explore some of the properties of galaxies, which yield insights into their formation, evolution and ongoing processes.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should: Be aware of the structure of our own Galaxy and how it fits into the ‘zoo’ of galaxies distributed through the Universe; Understand the physical principles behind the observations used to study galaxies; Be familiar with the standard models for galaxy formation, structure and evolution; Be aware of some of the outstanding, and only partially understood, problems in the study of galaxies including the nature of galaxy cores and the roles of dark matter and dust.

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/current/teach/syllabi/year3/px397/

Other essential notes

The module illustrates how important physical principles, from different areas of physics, can be developed to yield a description of complex physical systems like galaxies. The module should explore some of the properties of galaxies, which yield insights into their formation, evolution and ongoing processes.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX397-7.5)
B (Examination only) 1.5 hour examination (Summer) 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