Astrophysics I

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Astrophysics I

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    Syllabus Outline
    The celestial sphere, motions on the celestial sphere. Ancient astronomy. Renaissance astronomy. Newton's laws and gravity. Structure of matter. Timekeeping and the celestial sphere. Telescopes and detectors. Optics and the electromagnetic spectrum. The solar system: description and physics of the planets. The earth's moon. Comets. Asteroids. Meteors. Stars: main properties; classification and HR diagram; clusters; formation; evolution.
    Aims and Objectives
    This course gives an overview of astronomy and astrophysics. The science of stars and galaxies engulfs a wide range of topics in physics. Anyone on the physics programme is welcome. The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the concepts of positional astronomy, telescopes and detectors, gravitation, stellar structure, formation and evolution. Many of the techniques and concepts explained in this course are useful in other scientific disciplines. There is special emphasis on the current status of research and on the open questions of astronomy and astrophysics.

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