Beginner Level Course - Sinhala Medium

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BEGINNER LEVEL COURSE

 

Course                                  Date                      Time

 ASTR110                              07.12.2019           9.00-10.30am    

ASTR120                               07.12.2019          10.45-12.15am  

ASTR140                               14.12.2019           9.00-10.30am

ASTR121                               14.12.2019           10.45-12.15am

ASTR111                               21.12.2019            9.00-10.30am

ASTR130                               21.12.2019           10.45-12.15am

ASTR131                               27.12.2019           9.00-10.30am

ASTR141                               27.12.2019           10.45-12.15am

Night Camp                           14.12.2019            6.00pm - 6.00am 



BEGINNER LEVEL COURSE


This course describes our present understanding of the universe and how this knowledge has been obtained.


Topics covered in the unit include: General Astronomy
(1) a historical perspective of  the changing view of the solar system and wider universe; Observation
(2) astronomical instruments and the physics behind astronomical observations; Star Formation
(3) the physical processes underlying formation, lifespan, evolution and death of stars, the expanding universe and the big bang; and Rocketry (4) history and evolution of rocket technology.


References:

Physics of Solar System Plasma, T.E. Craven, 1997
Introduction to Cosmology, Matt Roots,  3rd edition
An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics,  Bradley W. Carrol and Dale A. Ostle, 3rd edition
The Universe, Roger Freedman, 8th edition

Course code- ASTR110 & ASTR111:   General Astronomy

This unit discusses the importance of studying astronomy, introduction about universe explaining the  place where we live and introduction of the solar system: History of the Solar System-Different civilizations have created different models to explain what the solar system is and how it began, historical models of the solar system and the model

that we accept now, formation and evolution of the sun and the solar system according to the model which is known as the nebula hypothesis. This discussion introduces and explains about star clusters, galaxies, galaxy clusters and superclusters.


Course code- ASTR120 & ASTR121:     Observation

This unit strongly focuses on developing a solid observational understanding of the night sky and how it changes throughout the year. The course will also cover the study of different types of telescopes, setting up and aligning telescopes, choose observing locations and plan observing sessions, those attending the course should have access to a telescope outside of class time so that students can practice what they have learned in class. Identification of constellation, history of constellation, asterisms, zodiac and coordination systems are covered by this unit. Use of star maps, mobile apps Eg; Stellarium and computer software also included.

Course code- ASTR130 & ASTR131:  Star Formation

In this course, students will be able to study basic theories of star formation- nebulae, the birth of a star, main-sequence stars, final stages of stars, types of stars an H-R diagram. Astrophysics background of stars are not discussed in this unit and mathematical theories of star formation will be discussed in the intermediate unit.

Course code- ASTR140 & ASTR141:    RocketryIn this unit, students exposed to the introductory level of rocket technology. Students will be able to understand about rocket technology, the importance of rocket technology for humankind and important incidents in history. Identification and explanation of major parts in a rocket and the importance of each part will be discussed. Also, this unit will focus on how a rocket work, theories related to a rockets’ motion; Newton’s laws and the courses of motion, gravity, orbits, and resistance for air for the motion of a rocket. Also, the student will be able to capture sound knowledge of selected space missions started from the launch of Sputnik 1.
Mentioned missions will be discussed focusing on the target and new features added in these mission to rocket technology advancement. (Apollo mission, shuttle mission, voyager mission, pathfinder rover, Cassini mission, Curiosity rover, Rosetta mission, Hubble space telescope, Juno mission, Communication satellites, GPS satellites, Earth reviewing satellites, International Space Station, Space Launch System, Space X missions.

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