Introduction to modern astronomy with a minimum of mathematics, exploring the Sun-Earth system and our place in the universe. Topics include the history of astronomy, stellar evolution, planets, and cosmology.
Special topics included are: "the size and age of the universe", "the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence" and "what would be the effect of a large meteor impact on the Earth?" This paper is intended for students who have an interest in a broad education. We aim to facilitate a continuing interest in astronomy and space exploration.
|Paper title||Introduction to Astronomy|
|Teaching period||Summer School (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Schedule C
- This paper is not a prerequisite for Physics 200-Level major subject requirements.
- Teaching staff
Recommended textbook; Seeds and Backman (Foundations of Astronomy, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 14th edition, 2019)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
Students completing this paper will:
- Be aware of the essential aspects of our understanding of the wider universe
- Know the importance of historical aspects and the progressive development of ideas
- Grasp the range of scale sizes and numerical values needed to describe astronomical scales of time, space and mass