This module provides an introduction to astronomy, beginning with our own solar system and extending to objects at the limits of the universe. Straightforward mathematics is used to develop a geometrical optics model for imaging with lenses and mirrors, and this is then used to explore the principles of astronomical telescopes.
Total Contact Hours: 30
Total Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150
Not available as an elective module choice.
Method of assessment
• Problem Set 1 (4 hours) – 10%
• Problem Set 2 (4 hours) – 10%
• Examination (2 hours) – 80%
Carrol, B., and Ostlie, D. (2017). An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics. (Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Morison, I. (2008). Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology. New York: Wiley
Tipler, P. and Mosca, G. (2008). Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Sixth Edition). London: Palgrave Macmillan
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the laws of physics in the areas of optics and introductory astronomy.
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical quantities, their units, and typical values, for optics and introductory astronomy.
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical phenomena, the terminology used to describe them, and typical circumstances in which they are found to occur, for optics and introductory astronomy.
4 Formulate and solve problems in optics and introductory astronomy.
5 Quantitatively describe and predict optics and introductory astronomy phenomena using mathematics.
6 Comment critically on how telescopes are designed, their principles of operation or their use in astronomy.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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