AST3310 – Astrophysical Plasma and Stellar Interiors
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course provides the basic knowledge required to build a model of a star. The course will also include building such a numerical model which requires an understanding of basic gas dynamics and thermo dynamics in an astrophysical setting.
After completing this course:
- you will have knowledge of the basic thermal plasma processes
- you will be able to account for the different types of energy transport in stars and their implications
- you will have knowledge of the thermal stability criteria for convection
- you will have performed numerical modelling of stars
- you will be able to couple different physical disciplines to produce a working model of a star
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Recommended previous knowledge
Five semesters of the Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor´s) programme or comparable knowledge.
Teaching extends over one semester. There are three hours of lectures per week, and three hours of tutorial exercises each week.
Access to teaching
A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.
The final grade is determined by an overall assessment of 3 assignments in the form of home exams with the first two counting 25%, 25% and the third counting 50% in the grade assessment.
Examination support material
All examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.