Intermediate Level Course - Sinhala Medium

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Medium: Sinhala


Course time table


Course                                  Date                      Time


ASTR210                               07.12.2019         1.00-2.30pm      

ASTR220                               07.12.2019         2.45-4.15pm      

ASTR211                               14.12.2019         1.00-2.30pm

ASTR230                               14.12.2019          2.45-4.15pm
ASTR240                               21.12.2019          1.00-2.30pm
ASTR221                               21.12.2019          2.45-4.15pm
ASTR241                               28.12.2019          1.00-2.30pm
ASTR231                               28.12.2019          2.45-4.15pm

Night Camp                                  21.12.2019           6.00pm-6.00pm 

Solar Observational camp            20.12.2019           9.00am-12.00pm

Location: Institute of Astronomy- 145/5A, Sooriya Mawatha, Koswatta, Thalangama- North



This unit of study provides a broad understanding of the structure, scale and diversity of the universe and an appreciation of the scientific methods used to achieve this understanding. Current areas of investigation, new ideas and concepts which often receive wide media attention will be used to demonstrate how science attempts to understand new and remote phenomena and how our ideas of our place in the universe are changing., stars, supernova, black holes, galaxies, quasars, cosmology and the Big Bang. It also includes day and night sky observing sessions. 


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- ASTR210 & ASTR211:   General Astronomy
    This unit discusses various objects, their structure and their behaviours in the solar system. Different aspects about the sun; solar structure and solar surface activities, magnetic field of the sun, solar neutrinos and solar wind, planetary behavior- precession, liberation, sidereal and synodic periods and retrograde motions of solar system planets along with planetary configurations (elongation, conjunction, opposition, quadrature) and phenomena (tides, seasons, eclipses, aurorae, meteor showers).


Course code- ASTR220 & ASTR221:   Telescope & Observational Astronomy
This unit strongly focuses on telescope aberrations, useful equations related to telescopes, coordinate systems, spherical astronomy (basic), astrophotography (basic) and time. This unit will show you how to mount a telescope and use different types of eyepieces and Barlow lenses.


Course code- ASTR230 & ASTR231:   Cosmology

This course strongly focuses on the history of cosmology, Olbers Paradox, Newton and Einstein universe, Expansion of universe, Hubble law, big bang theory, redshift,  and geometry of space-time (basic introduction of general relativity and special relativity)


Course code- ASTR240 & ASTR241: Basic Astrophysics I

Kepler's laws of motion to understand the motion of planets in the solar system and extend the Kepler's laws to other star systems. Trigonometric parallax- To understand the basic understanding of one of the earliest methods used to determine the distances to nearby stars using their apparent shift shown within a period of 6 months. Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation- To understand the gravitational force and use it to understand the motion of objects in the universe.

Magnitude system, hydrogen spectrum and Black body radiation.

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