|| PH18010 |
|| ASTRONOMY |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Andrew R Breen |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Richard Fallows, Manuel Grande |
|| 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 Supplementary exam ||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.
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