This unit of study provides a broad understanding of the structure, scale and diversity of the universe and an appreciation of the scientific methods used to achieve this understanding. Current areas of investigation, new ideas and concepts which often receive wide media attention will be used to demonstrate how science attempts to understand new and remote phenomena and how our ideas of our place in the universe are changing. The range of topics includes the planets, the solar system and its origin, spacecraft discoveries, stars, supernova, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology and the Big Bang. It also includes day and night sky observing sessions. This unit of study cannot be counted as part of the 12 credit points of Junior Physics necessary for enrolment in Intermediate Physics.
Three 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour laboratory and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
2 hour exam plus laboratories, assignments and night-viewing project (100%).
Bennett, et al. The Cosmic Perspective. 7th edition, with Mastering Astronomy. Pearsons, 2014. Course lab manual.
No assumed knowledge of Physics.