[Not offered in 2021]
|Student Contribution Band:||Band 2|
|Administered by:||College of Science and Engineering|
This subject provides a fundamental overview of astronomy as both a body of scientific knowledge and a set of skills used to investigate the universe. This year's selection of topics include: the tools of astronomy; properties and origins of the solar system; our sun and other stars - their structure, characteristics and life cycles; astrobiology and the scientific search for life; the structure and evolution of galaxies; Cosmology - big bang, cosmic background radiation, dark matter and dark energy. This subject is a broad-based view of astronomy stressing an interdisciplinary approach to science. No previous knowledge of physics is required, but it does require the use of scientific thinking, both qualitative and quantitative, to successfully complete it.
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