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.
- Observatory Open Days: Our observatory on the roof top of the
CYMP Building will be open on Sep 29 (Mon) and Sep 30 (Tue)
from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. If the sky is clear, you
should be able to see the Moon or some planets. If you want to come, please
wait at the Yuet Ming Fountain at 7:00pm. Please be punctual. These events
are not compulsory and do not count into the continuous assessment. You are
free to leave early.
- Date and Time: Tue., Sep 30, 2014, 2:30pm-4:20pm
- Venue: Rm 522, CYM Phys. Buld.
- In the tutorial, we will show the model of celestial sphere,
explain more on the motion of the stars and planets and
answer questions. This will be repeated twice, beginning
at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. These events are not compulsory and
do not count into the continuous assessment.
Due date of the Assignment 1 of
this semester is at 5:00pm, October 3, 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.
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