PHYS0003: Nature of the Universe
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PHYS1650: Nature of the Universe
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
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 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1,
Thursday 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1,
Friday 12:30pm-1:20pm, P1.
Dr. Kai-Ming Lee
Rm 415A, CYM Phys. Buld.
Fax: 2559 9152
Consultation Hr.: Wed. 2-4pm
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 7th ed., (Pearson
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 6th ed., (Pearson
E. Chaisson and S. McMillan: Astronomy Today, 5th ed., (Prentice Hall,
J.M. Pasachoff, Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe,
6th ed., (Brooks/Cole, 2001).
|Homeworks and other small assignments||25%|
Tutors and Graders
|Mr. Wu Yue||CYMP 525||2859 2571|
|Mr. Huang Weiyi||CYMP 417||2859 2363|
This is a
for students to discuss everything about these courses. Please note that
- No dirty words;
- No solutions to homeworks before the due dates;
- Please send any complaints or suggestions about these courses directly
to the instructor.
The graded Assignment 1
could be picked up from our General
Office, Rm 518 CYM Phys. Buld.
We will try to arrange solar observation in class starting from
Oct 23, 2014. Since we cannot predict the weather, we cannot tell you
when we will do the observation.
Note that we will do the observation
only once and it makes up part of the continuous
- Date and Time: Tue., Nov 4, 2014, 2:30pm-4:20pm
- Venue: Rm 522, CYM Phys. Buld.
- This is a question and answer session. If you do not
have any question, you don't have to come.
Due date of the Assignment 3 of
this semester is at 5:00pm, November 5, 2014. Please hand it in
in the classes or put it in the assignment box in 1st floor of
the CYM Phys. Buld. (The one labeled PHYS0003/PHYS1650.)
- Don't forget to write down your name, university number and your
- Write in your own wordings. Plagiarism will be heavily penalized.
(All suspected cases of plagiarism will be referred to the
Discipline Committee. In some previous cases, students got
reprimand in their official records. You should also protect
your homework from being plagiarized.)
- We accept both hand-written or printed homework.
- Make sure that you have stapled up your homework.
- No late homework is allowed.
- Date of Presentation: November 11 - 13, 2014
- Please register to choose the time slot.
- You could register from 9:00am, Nov 4, 2014 to 5:00pm,
Nov 6, 2014 in this
Absolutely no late registration is allowed. (I will be very
strict on this rule.) Please note that once
your registration is successful, it is final, which means that
you are not allowed to add or drop members, nor to change the
time or examiner.
- A few days before Nov 4, 2014, you will be informed by
emails about your password for the presentation.
- You are advised to check your booking at least a few days before
- Each group will give one 20 minute presentation. Each student should
join one and only one group. A group can consist
maximum of six (6) students and minimum of four (4) students.
Students from different classes or course codes could join together
to form a group.
- If you cannot find enough people to form a group, you could
post messages in the
to ask for partners.
- Topics: You could choose any topics we talk about.
If in doubt, talk to the instructors.
- The group can decide who and how many of the members are going
to actually give the presentation, but all members must come
because we might question any of them after the presentation.
- We will judge the presentation in terms of the English (10%), the
presentation skill (20%), the scientific content (40%) and the
ability of answering questions of all members (30%).
- You can use any media (transparencies, PowerPoint, etc.). There
is no extra credit for fancy presentation style. You have to
bring your own computer if you need to use one, and you are
responsible for the proper working of your own equipment.
We will only provide the computer projector (and screen).
- Write in your own wordings.
- Formal dressing is optional.
- Please arrive about 10 minutes early, and wait outside the room.
- Each member of a group will receive the same marks. We expect
the mean is about 50%. (Note this is the mean, not the passing
- For basic presentation skill, you could refer to
- Some general comments on presentation:
- The science in most of the websites is wrong. Students
should choose what to trust wisely.
- There are many online dictionaries to help your pronunciation.
- Point to what you are talking about, by a laser pointer
- Choose topics/material that you can understand.
- Do not read from a script or from the slides.
You could read the acknowledgments and copyright at
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