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PHAS1202: Atoms, Stars and the Universe (1st year module, Term 1, TA)

An introduction to the ideas of quantum mechanics and an overview of our current understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe. Students should gain a historical perspective on quantum physics and an elementary comprehension of fundamental quantum concepts. They should also acquire a basic understanding of radiation processes, their applicability in stars, an appreciation of stellar evolution, and a grasp of the fundamentals of modern cosmology. More information can be found here.

PHAS2441: Computational Physics (2nd year module, Term 2, TA)

In this module students will learn to map a physics problem onto a computational framework and use computers to model, visualize and solve physical systems. Students will use the Python programming language to produce documented computer code that is clear, efficient, reusable and follows good coding practice. The computing component consists of ten afternoon practical sessions introducing both Python as a programming language and using Jupyter notebooks. In the first few sessions, fundamental concepts of computing will be introduced and illustrated with example problems from the physics curriculum. The final part of the course will introduce students to creating computational models of physical systems and animating them using Vpython.

PHAS3334: Interstellar Physics (3rd year module, Term 2, Lecturer)

Course Goals:
Teach the basic physics of the interstellar gas in its diffuse, ionised and molecular phases, together with the properties of interstellar dust. Develop a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the microscopic processes that are occurring within and controlling the macroscopic processes of the interstellar medium. Apply this to describe quantitatively the physical processes involved in the process of star formation and in the impact of stars on their environments.

Methodology and Assessment:
The course consists of 30 lectures. There are 4 problem sheets associated with the course, of which the best 3 will be used for the continuous assessment mark. Overall assessment is based on the results obtained for the final examination (90%) and for the problem sheets (10%).

Text Books:
Own lecture notes

The Physics of the Interstellar Medium
(J.E. Dyson and D.A. Williams, Taylor & Francis, IoP Series. 2nd Edition, 1997)

Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium
(B. T Draine. Princeton University Press, 2011)

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