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

The URL of this web page is:
http://www.physics.hku.hk/~nature/

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.

Classes

Monday 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1,
Thursday 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1,
Friday 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1.

Instructor

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

Textbook

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).
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 5th ed., (Prentice Hall, 2005).
J.M. Pasachoff, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe, 6th ed., (Brooks/Cole, 2001).

Assessment

Homeworks and other small assignments25%
Presentation25%
Examination50%

Tutors and Graders

To be announced.

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Lecture Notes

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Materials from Last Academic Years

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