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Semester 1

Discovering Astronomy (PHYS08039)

Subject

Physics and Astronomy

College

SCE

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

1

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

It is recommended that students have Higher or GCSE maths, or equivalent.

Course Summary

Discovering Astronomy is an introductory astronomy course that should be accessible to any student. We assume a basic level of numeracy, but no mathematics more complicated than simple algebra and simple trigonometry is used. The course covers a wide range of topics, from understanding our Sun and Solar System through to Cosmology and the Big Bang. The course has a set textbook that we follow quite closely and is supported by online material accessed from the course homepage.

Course Description

Syllabus:- History of Astronomy- Gravity and planetary motions- Our Sun- The Solar System- Telescopes & observational astronomy- Extrasolar planets- The evolution of stars- White dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes- Our Milky Way galaxy- The formation and evolution of galaxies- Cosmology and the Big Bang

Assessment Information

Written Exam 67%, Coursework 33%, Practical Exam 0%

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