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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 entirely upon the application and extrapolation of physics developed in the laboratory. This will develop an appreciation of the wide range of applicability of physical principles, while touching upon areas under active development. The module will help the development of problem solving skills.

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;Work out the masses of stars and galaxies given information on size or angle & distance and speed; Understand 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/module_home/px144

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