This 6 credit point subject will lead you to an understanding and appreciation of the Universe. Astronomy and Astrophysics is an observationally driven science. The ever changing relationship between observations and their interpretation is stressed throughout the course. There have been clear periods when observational astronomy has driven theoretical astronomy and others where the roles have been reversed.
Dr. Carey Freeth
School of Physics
Phone: 02 4221 4798
At the end of the course you should be able to:
- describe the tools and techniques used by Astronomers and Astrophysicists
- describe the major astronomical sources observed in the Universe
- discuss the observed distribution of these sources in the Universe
- demonstrate an understanding of the historical background to astronomical observations
- present physical explanations for the appearance and behaviour of astronomical sources
- explain how astronomical objects evolve from formation to death
The emphasis throughout is an understanding of the concepts behind the astrophysics and in your ability to develop them in explaining new observational phenomena.
No previous knowledge of the subject or of either Physics or Mathematics is assumed. The emphasis throughout is an understanding of the concepts behind the astrophysics and in your ability to develop them in explaining new observational phenomena.
Over the Spring Session a mix of lecture/seminars, tutorials, computer based and observational practical work will take place, Some evenings will be set aside for observation.
Lectures will be interspersed with videos and demonstrations. Practicals will be governed by weather and the relevance of this topic under discussion. Videos clips selected to be most applicable to the topics dealt with in the course will be used extensively
Students are encouraged to access websites throughout the course for the current information on space missions and breaking news items.
For further information please go to: Undergraduate Calendar
This subject is in the general schedule and you can enrol at SOLS
From left to right | Mopra Radio Telescope; Observing Sunspots; A Coona observatory.