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Because there is more in life than radio and electronics a couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in a course called "The violent universe". This course explores the most deadly parts of the universe: white dwarfs, supernovae, neutron stars and black holes.
Brian Schmidt and Paul Francis astrophysicists at the Australian National University are the teachers.
I learned a lot about astrophysics. For example calculating dimensions and masses of objects in deep space like neutron stars and white dwarfs.
This course gives you a feeling of the huge amounts of energy we are dealing with in outer space. I enjoyed the course a lot. It includes a lot of YouTube movies, mathematical questions and of course the final examination.
Following subjects are discussed during the course:
ANU-ASTRO3x The Violent Universe
Section 1: White dwarf stars
Section 2: Degenerate stars and Quantum Mechanics
Section 3: Dwarf Novae
Section 4: Classical Novae, the Chandrasekhar Limit and Nuclear Physics
Section 5: Thermonuclear Supernovae
Section 6: Core Collapse Supernovae
Section 7: X-ray astronomy and Neutron stars
Section 8: Special Relativity
Section 9: Black Holes
This course takes you about 3 hours of time per week during a period of 10 weeks.
You can do this course any time (self paced).