Astronomy 2(Half) ASTRO2002
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Physics and Astronomy
- Credits: 15
- Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
To present an in-depth study, consolidating the elementary introduction of Level 1, of four major themes: observational astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, stars and their spectra, and relativity and gravitation;
Lectures, tutorials and supervisions held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.00am; laboratory Friday 2-5pm.
Requirements of Entry
Astronomy 1 normally at grade D3 or better.
Degree exam (1 paper) - 50%; Class and lab work - 30%; Class test - 20%
Main Assessment In: April/May
1. To present an in-depth study, consolidating the elementary introduction of Level 1, of four major themes: observational astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, stars and their spectra, and relativity and gravitation;
2. To provide training in the principles and practice of astrophysical observing techniques and data analysis;
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a practical experience of making astronomical observations, data collection and manipulation, and the ability to use pertinent laboratory apparatus;
2. Explain clearly stellar phenomenology, including classification schemes and spectral features;
3. Apply the fundamental concepts of relativity and gravitation, with an appreciation of the underlying principles of General Relativity.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Submission of 50% of the assignment questions;
Attendance at 50% of the laboratory sessions and submission of the associated work for marking;
Attendance at the final degree exam