|| PH18010 |
|| ASTRONOMY |
|| 2006/2007 |
|| Dr Andrew R Breen |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Nicolas Labrosse |
|| None- Module is also suitable for non Physics students |
|| None |
|| None |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 lectures |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| 3 x 40 minutes multiple choice tests||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours ||100%|
After taking this module students should be able to:
Follow the development of ideas attempting to describe the complex observable universe in terms of underlying physical laws.
Demonstrate a scientific grasp of the basic ideas in our understanding of the physical Universe.
The sky at night has fascinated humankind since the beginning of history. Contemporary astronomy provides us with a comprehensive picture of the physical universe, yet one in which many questions remain unanswered. This module reviews in a non-mathematical manner our present understanding of the universe and highlights important gaps in our knowledge. Topics covered include : the birth, life and death of stars (white dwarfs, black holes etc.); planets, comets and asteroids; the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe; galaxies and quasars; cosmology and the big bang. The course is suitable for undergraduates of any discipline.
The sky at night : motions of the heavens, stars and planets. Astronomy through history : ancient and Greek astronomy, the birth of modern astronomy - how astronomy has changed our concept of the universe we live in. Observing the universe.
Stars and planets: the formation of the Solar System. The Terrestrial planets, formation, differentiation and the evolution of surfaces and atmospheres. Jovian planets: atmospheres and interiors. Minor bodies of the Solar System : comets, asteroids, Pluto-Charon, meteors. Extra-solar planets and life in the universe.
Stellar properties. The Sun. Star birth and interstellar matter. Stellar evolution. The deaths of stars : black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs.
Galaxies. Classification and dynamics. The problem of missing mass. Quasars and the evolution of the Universe.
Large-scale structure of the universe. Cosmology. Origin of the Universe, the "big bang" and inflation. Eventual fate of the Universe."
Introductory skills for using the Internet and other electronic sources of information.
** Recommended Text
FOR OTHERS: M. Zeilek Astronomy, The Evolving Universe
Kaufmann & Friedmann Universe
FOR PSP STUDENTS: Marc L Kutner Astronomy - A Physical Perspective
2nd edition. Cambridge University Press 0521821967
This module is at CQFW Level 4