An introduction to astronomy, this course covers the solar system, the sun, stellar and galactic structure.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Describe the construction of the solar system and how its internal motions are the result of simple laws.
- Identify the similarities and differences in the structure of the planets and their satellites and explain some of the things this tells us about the origin of the solar system.
- Understand the constitution of stars, their distances, energy source and evolution.
- Describe how stars are aggregated into galaxies and how the distribution of galaxies and other entities lead to a cosmological view of the nature and evolution of the universe as a whole.
- The planets of the solar system and their motions
- The Sun and the nature of stars
- The distribution of stars and galaxies
- The distribution of galaxies and cosmology
Prerequisite(s): IPS*1500 or [(1 of PHYS*1010, PHYS*1070, PHYS*1080, PHYS*1130, PHYS*1300), (1 of MATH*1030, MATH*1080, MATH*1160, MATH*1200)]
|Online Weekly Quizzes||20%|
|Practical Exercises (3)||20%|
|Midterm Exams (2)||20%|
|Online Final Exam||40%|
*Course details are subject to change.