# PX144 - Introduction to Astronomy

**Module code:**PX144**Module name:**Introduction to Astronomy**Department:**Physics**Credit:**6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

## Module content and teaching

###### Principal aims

To introduce the constituent objects of the Universe and the physics which allows us to estimate their distances, sizes, masses and natures. The module will show how our knowledge of the Universe beyond Earth relies upon the application and extrapolation of physics developed in the laboratory.

###### Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module you should be able to: List the main constituents of the Universe and give a basic description of them; Describe methods for measuring the distances of stars and galaxies and work out example computations; Estimate the masses of stars and galaxies given information on size or angle & distance and speed; Explain how the surface temperature of stars can be measured and how one can deduce physical conditions of their interiors. "

###### Timetabled teaching activities

This course will run in term 2 of the academic year, 3 lectures per week.

###### Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/syllabi/year1/px144

###### Other essential notes

The Universe contains a bewildering variety of objects - black-holes, red giants, white dwarfs, brown dwarfs, gamma-ray bursts and globular clusters - to name a few. The module introduces these, and shows how, with the application of physics, we have come to know their distances, sizes, masses and natures. The module starts with the Sun and planets and moves on to the Universe as a whole.

## Module assessment

Assessment group | Assessment name | Percentage |
---|---|---|

6 CATS (Module code: PX144-6) | ||

B (Examination only) | 1 hr exam (Summer) Introduction to Astronomy | 100% |

VA (Visiting students only) | 100% assessment visiting/exchange PART YEAR ONLY | 100% |

## Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

###### Core

N/A

###### Optional Core

N/A

###### Optional

- Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Physics (MPhys) (F303) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys) (FG31) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (G300) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (GG14) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 1
- Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (Y602) - Year 1