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PHYS3080 - Extragalactic Astrophysics and Cosmology (Lecture)

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Michie Building 09, Room 601

University Drive

Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Australia

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PHYS3080 is a third year astrophysics course which explores the evolution of the universe from the big bang, through the formation of the elements, the emission of the cosmic microwave background, and the formation of large scale structure. This will include studies of the Milky Way and other nearby galaxies, active galaxies, and black holes. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on understanding the physical mechanisms driving the processes under study, such as radiation physics and gravitation, and cover in detail the observational evidence that has led us to our modern understanding of the universe.

Half of this course is taught through project-based learning. The Friday classes are computer sessions where students learn from working on their projects rather than being an audience to a lecture. There are two really interesting 5 week projects for the students to complete where they are engaged in a wide range of problem solving and computer skills as a means of learning the course material.

Associate Professor Holger Baumgardt joined UQ in 2010, after being awarded an ARC funded Future Fellowship position. Since 2014, Holger has been an Associate Professor in the astrophysics group at UQ and holds a full teaching load.

Professor Tamara Davis has an exceptional reputation for both teaching and research. Tamara received UQ’s Foundation Research Excellence Award, was the 2011 Australian Institute of Physics Women in Physics Lecturer and in 2014 was an Astronomical Society of New Zealand Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer.

Visit to observe Holger in Weeks 1 - 7 and Tamara in Weeks 8 - 13

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Michie Building 09, Room 601

University Drive

Saint Lucia, QLD 4067

Australia

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