|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Workload Breakdown||Every 10 credits carries a notional student workload of 100 hours.|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Semester Exam||70%|
|Semester Assessment||2 Assignment sheets||30%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Supplementary Exam||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the physical characteristics of the different regions of the solar interior;
2. Discuss critically the evidence for fusion in the solar core, with particular reference to the observed neutrino flux;
3. Explain the methods of transfer of energy through the body of the Sun with reference to the physical properties of the solar material;
4. Describe how helioseismology can be used to obtain information on the internal structure of the Sun;
5. Discuss the relationship between photospheric features and structures in the convection region;
6. Describe how different observational methods can be used to obtain information on photospheric structures.
This module examines the physics of our nearest star. Energy production and transport in the Sun are discussed, together with the causes and effects of solar activity on both long and short timescales.
- Structure of the Sun;
- Nuclear processes in the core. Solar neutrinos;
- Radiative and convective zones, energy transport;
- Solar seismology;
- Photosphere and Chromosphere. Sunspots, faculae, plages, prominences, filaments;
- Flows in the convection region and the origins of solar activity.
- Measurement techniques.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||All questions set in tests, example sheets and formal examinations will include numerical problems|
|Communication||Written communication is developed via the lecture assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Formative assignments are used in order that students might reflect on their progress during the module.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to research topics within the module via the internet.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module will highlight the latest developments in this field and hence will assist with career development.|
|Problem solving||Problem solving is a key skill in physics and will be tested via continuous assessment during the semester and in formal examination at the end of the module.|
|Subject Specific Skills||The discussion of helioseismology will equip the students with the most developed observational techniques in the field.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5