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1 Introduction to Astrophysics Andrew Liddle Movie credit: The Virgo consortium

2 Introduction to Astrophysics Department of Physics and Astronomy Term 1, Autumn 2005 Aims: to explain primarily at a descriptive level the contents, dimensions and history of the Universe. This will include a survey of the basic astronomical tools, and will seek to explain the way in which some basic physical laws can be applied in order to understand the observed phenomena.

3 Course times The course has two lectures per week, which are Monday at 11am and Thursday at 3pm both in Chichester 3R241. These are supported by a weekly workshop on Friday at 9am in Pevensey 2A12. All classes will start promptly. As the course is just starting, there will be no workshop on Friday 7th.

4 Assessment Assessment for Introduction to Astrophysics is entirely based on coursework carried out during the term. There will be four problem sheets, each contributing 10% of the overall assessment, and one end-of-term quiz contributing 60%. The quiz will take place in the workshop session of week 9, i.e. on Friday December 2nd. The marks for this course do not contribute to your final degree result, but you may be required to pass it to progress to the second year, depending on your degree program and overall average.

5 Lecturer Andrew Liddle Arundel room 204 Office hour: Thursday 11:30 to 12:30. Please try and use it and the workshop in the first instance if you have problems. Check out the course WWW site for additional information and links to useful resources.

6 On the WWW Please bookmark the course WWW page, as given in the course document, for later use: astronomy.susx.ac.uk/~andrewl/intast.html As well as giving up-to-date course information, the page will contain links to various electronic resources supporting this course. For example, you will easily be able to follow links to find the pictures you are about to see. The WWW site will include access to all the PowerPoint slides for the lectures, building up as term proceeds.

7 Course textbooks For astronomy students and other keen students, I suggest 21 st Century Astronomy by Hester et al, though it is on the expensive side. If you are on a tight budget, Introductory Astronomy by Holliday is an alternative. Your course document lists several other books that you might find useful for consultation in the library. If you buy on the internet, dont go straight to Amazon. Use to get the best deal.

8 The Hubble Space Telescope

9 What can we see with the Hubble Space Telescope?

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11 NEPTUNE

12 URANUS

13 MARS

14 STARS

15 STAR CLUSTER

16 GLOBULAR STAR CLUSTER

17 THE EAGLE NEBULA

18 THE RING NEBULA

19 ETA CARINAE: A DYING STAR

20 THE HOURGLASS NEBULA

21 A SPIRAL GALAXY

22 A GALAXY UNDERGOING STARBURSTS

23 THE CARTWHEEL GALAXY

24 And that was all just showing optical wavelength radiation ….

25 Reminder: whats next Next Introduction to Astrophysics Class: Thursday at 3pm (no class on Friday morning)

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