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Earth to Cosmos - Introductory Astronomy (6 points)


Leader: Ms Susan Feteris

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Unit provides students with an appreciation and understanding of the concepts and exciting insights gained by astronomers into the nature of the solar system, the galaxy and the cosmos. Material will emphasise key concepts and allow students to gain understanding and the ability to communicate these concepts through a range of activities. Concepts include electromagnetic radiation, optics, gravity, motion and energy, and relativity. These are applied to models of the solar system, the galaxy and the cosmos, to the characteristics of astronomical objects including planets, comets, stars, novae, pulsars, black holes and quasars, and to earth-based instruments and space-probes.

Assessment: Examination (3 hours): 60% + Practical workshops and tutorials: 30% + Project: 10%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures and 2-hour practical workshop/tutorial per week

Prerequisites: Secondary science to Year 11 (recommended)

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