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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions A Astrophysics ASPH
Astrophysics ASPH

Instruction offered by members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science.

Note: For listings of related courses, see Astronomy, Physics, Medical Physics, and Space Physics.

Senior Courses
Astrophysics 305       Introduction to Astrophysics
Fundamentals of modern astrophysics including observations and physical interpretation physical phenomena in the Universe. Topics include the nature of the Sun and stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium; distances and motions in the universe; radiation and telescopes; celestial mechanics; stellar evolution. Minor laboratory exercises including one at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory as circumstances permit.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-2T-1)
One of Physics 211, 221, 227 or Engineering 202; and one of Mathematics 249, 265 or 275.
Also known as:
(formerly Astrophysics 213)
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Astrophysics 307       Introduction to Observational Astrophysics
Lectures and practical laboratory sessions in observational astronomy. Students will collect, reduce, and interpret astronomical data, develop an understanding of telescopes, instruments, and detectors; reduction and analysis methods; simulations and model fitting; data and error analysis. Observations will be carried out at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory and/or the main campus.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-3)
Astrophysics 213 or 305; one of Physics 211, 221, 227 or Engineering 202; and one of Physics 255, 259 or 323
Also known as:
(formerly Astrophysics 507)    
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Astrophysics 401       Galactic Astrophysics
The galaxy: space distribution of stars and interstellar material; kinematics and dynamics of stellar systems; rotation and spiral structure; classification and global properties of galaxies; active galaxies.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Physics 325, Mathematics 375; and one of Astrophysics 213 or 305.
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Astrophysics 403       Stellar Structure and Evolution
Observational properties of stars; equations of stellar structure; physics of stellar interiors; structure and evolution of stars; white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes; observational aspects of stellar atmospheres; radiative transfer in stellar atmospheres; opacity; spectral line formation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Astrophysics 213 or 305; Physics 325 and Mathematics 375.
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Astrophysics 409       Planetary Astrophysics
Orbital mechanics. Planetary interiors, surfaces, atmosphere, ionospheres and magnetospheres. Solar magnetism and activity cycles. Comets, asteroids, meteorites. Origin of the solar system. Exoplanets.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Mathematics 375 and Astrophysics 213 or 305.
Also known as:
(formerly Astrophysics 309)
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Astrophysics 503       The Interstellar Medium
Multiwavelength observations of gas and dust in our Galaxy; distribution and physics of neutral atomic hydrogen and molecules; interstellar chemistry; physics of dust grains; HII regions; interstellar shocks; gas dynamics; star formation.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Astrophysics 401, Physics 325, 343 and Mathematics 375.
Concurrent or prior enrolment in Astrophysics 403 is highly recommended.
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Astrophysics 509       High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology
Clusters of galaxies; microwave and X-ray background radiation; dark matter and dark energy; overview of cosmology; general relativistic considerations; large-scale structure and expansion of the universe; nucleosynthesis; gamma ray bursts and cosmic rays.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
Astrophysics 401, Physics 325, 343 and Mathematics 375.
Concurrent or prior enrolment in Astrophysics 403 is highly recommended.
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Graduate Courses
Astrophysics 607       Advanced Observational Astrophysics
Principles and tools of modern ground-based and space astronomy emphasizing ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio radiation. Data acquisition and reduction techniques for astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, imaging, and interferometry. Use of astronomical data analysis software.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(1-6)
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Astrophysics 611       Radio Astronomy
Wave propagation, antennas, interferometry, aperture synthesis, radio receivers, and spectrometers. Applications to continuum and line radiation in stars, interstellar medium and extragalactic objects.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
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Astrophysics 621       High Energy Astrophysics
Interaction of high energy particles with matter, propagation and origin of cosmic rays; structure of white dwarfs and neutron stars; the physics of jets and the accretion process onto compact objects; supernovae and supernova remnants; active galactic nuclei.
Course Hours:
3 units; H(3-0)
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