PHYS0003: Nature of the Universe
PHYS1650: Nature of the Universe

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This general education course is offered by the Physics Department, The University of Hong Kong in the academic year 2014-2015. It is designed for students in all disciplines and all years. No prior knowledge in astronomy, physics or higher mathematics is required. However, some knowledge in science and mathematics is recommended.

Course Description

We will discuss the observational aspect of astronomy and our solar system, then our own Sun, stars and their evolution, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, galaxies and cosmology. Many activities have been arranged, including some evening observations and solar observations. Students are expected to actively participate in these activities. They are also required to do a presentation, complete several homeworks and attend the examination.


Monday 11:30am-12:20pm, T3
Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm, T3
Friday 11:30am-12:20pm, T3.


Dr. Kai-Ming Lee
Rm 415A, CYM Phys. Buld.
2859 2370
Fax: 2559 9152
Consultation Hr.: Wed. 2-4pm


E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 8th ed., (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2015).
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 7th ed., (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2011).
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 6th ed., (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2008).
J.M. Pasachoff, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 6th ed., (Brooks/Cole, 2001).


Homeworks and other small assignments25%

Tutors and Graders

Mr. Wu YueCYMP 5252859 2571
Mr. Wu HaoCYMP 4182859 8976
Ms. Yao JuanCYMP 4182859 8976

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