10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: Students should have competance above or at least equal to AS level in Physics and Mathematics

Aims/Description: One of four half-modules forming the Level-1 Astronomy course, PHY104 aims to equip students with a basic understanding of the important physical concepts and techniques involved in astronomy with an emphasis on how fundamental results can be derived from fairly simple observations. The module consists of three sections: (i) Basic Concepts, Fluxes, Temperatures and Magnitudes; (ii) Astronomical Spectroscopy; (iii) Gravitational Astrophysics. Parts (i), (ii) and (iii) each comprise some six lectures. The lectures are supported by problems classes, in which you will learn to apply lecture material to the solution of numerical problems.

Restrictions on availability: Sudents must have Maths A Level

Staff Contact: CROWTHER PAUL A
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Classroom testing

Notes: Basic algebra and calculus required.

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK