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Astronomy: from Big Bang to Darkness - OLET1640

The theory and observations of modern cosmology have revolutionised our view of the universe in recent years. This unit of study explores the big picture of the expanding universe in which we live, where around 96% of its content is revealed but invisible to us! You will learn about the galaxies that are the visible signposts in the universe, the dark matter hiding within and around them, and the dark energy that must also be present to explain the distribution of mass and its motion in the universe on the largest scales. How do we know? How do we even measure distance on these scales? What does this tell us about the history of the universe and its fate? You will gain an appreciation and understanding of the methodology and techniques of modern astronomy that allow us to probe the universe across vast distances and times since the Big Bang and into the future. In doing this unit you will confront the challenging scientific and philosophical questions posed by our cosmological picture. The unit also includes opportunities for day and night observing sessions.

Classes
reading, videos and online quizzes 4 hrs/week; lecture 2 hrs/week; tutorial 1 hr/week; viewing session 3 hrs

Assessment
On-line Quizzes (40%), Tutorials (10%), Viewing report (10%), Final Examination(40%)

Prohibitions

PHYS1500

Details

Faculty: Science

Intensive May

22 Apr 2019

Department/School: Physics Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 17 May 2019
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 2.0
EFTSL: 0.042
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
Faculty: Science

Intensive October

23 Sep 2019

Department/School: Physics Academic Operations
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 22 Oct 2019
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 2.0
EFTSL: 0.042
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof John O'Byrne
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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