I like being a research student. I have pretty much free reign to show up to any modules that I think might be useful to me. In all honesty, this is a dangerous thing to tell a science nerd like me, because my immediate temptation is to go forth and learn things! So the modules in forthcoming semesters that I think might be worth investigating are…

Spring Semester ’08

  • F31SQ1 – Space-Time & Matter (Lvl 1)
    This module seems, frankly, far too basic for me. The only interesting part is on Lorentz transformations, and I could probably learn about them in an afternoon.
  • F32SA5 – Structure of Galaxies (Lvl 2)
    In all honesty, this module is quite remote from the things I actually study. On the other hand, it would certainly be worth attending if only to boost my understanding in the astro seminars.
  • F33SA7 – Extreme Astrophysics (Lvl 3)
    This one looks like fun. Unfortunately, if I attend it will be solely for fun. In the harshest environments in the universe, no chemistry occurs. This module will be all about nuclear interactions and plasma physics around black hole, quasars, neutron stars and suchlike.
  • G13GER – General Relativity (Lvl 3)
    Relativity, the effects of gravity and the curvature of space-time. Actually, seeing as over astrophysical scales, photons are affected by gravity, this one might well be worth attending. The maths in it would probably be helpful too.
  • G14BLH – Black Holes (Lvl 4)
    I’d love to go to this one, but again, this has nothing to do with my field of study. To my knowledge, chemistry isn’t really important around black holes. Mind you, some must occur around the outer edges of a black hole accretion disk… Mustn’t it?

Autumn Semester ’08

  • F14CCH – Computational Chemistry (lvl 4)
    I’m probably going to take this as an assessed module. I’ll definitely need to do some computer modelling at some point, because most astronomers do. Besides, hopefully, I’ll already be learning about computer modelling in 6 months time…
  • F32AA4 – The Structure of Stars (lvl 2)
    All about stars. Now stars are already my specialist subject, and I know far more about them than, perhaps, any other part of astronomy. That said, there will probably be some extremely useful mathematical models and stellar dynamics in this module.
  • F3CAA6 – Cosmology (Lvl 3)
    Also for the benefit of understanding the astro seminars (which is always a good thing), the cosmology module actually looks like it could be a lot of fun!
  • F13ST1 – Special Topics in Chemistry: Molecular and Laser Spectroscopy
    June’s module on spectroscopy could prove extremely useful. It’s definitely worth considering.
  • F34AG1 – Gravity (Lvl 4)
    Very simply, everything you could ever need to know about gravity. Useful looking module.

Spring Semester ’08
I’m going to be stuck into my research project by this point. Attending lectures would be foolish.

A fair few to choose from, anyway. Decisions, decisions. Ah well… with a couple of exceptions, most are essentially background reading. Useful, but not essential. Still, I could show up to a few for fun, right?
Am I talking about going to astrophysics lectures for fun?
I am aren’t I?
Man, I really am a nerd…

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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