Mathematics and Physics on Dutch high school VWO level
In this introductory course you will lay the foundation for the Astronomy study programme. You will learn how principles in modern physics are used to understand various processes in the Universe. This course will introduce the most important topics in modern astronomy. After consideration of gravity as the most important force in the Universe, we will study the interaction between radiation and matter and learn how this can be used to investigate the physical properties of objects in the Universe. We will use this new knowledge to study our solar system, planets and the evolution of stars. Subsequently, we will explore the Milky Way as a starting point for extragalactic astronomy. We will conclude the course with the basic principles of cosmology - the study of the Universe as a whole. During exercise classes we will apply the new knowledge in simple calculations.
The course covers the following themes:
Orbital movement of astronomical objects as a result of gravity
Interaction between light and matter
Detection of light / operation mechanism of telescopes
Overview of our solar system and study of exoplanets
Properties and evolution of stars
Properties of the Milky Way and other galaxies
Basic principles of cosmology
After this course, you will have an overview of the developments in modern astronomy and the underlying physics.
After this course, you will be able to:
Answer basic questions on a variety of astronomical topics
Calculate basic properties of astronomical objects (like double star and planet systems) based on simple measurement data
In this course, you are trained in the following soft skills:
Reasoning beyond the field of astronomy, combining various physical principles
Estimating orders of magnitude
Mode of instruction
Written exam: 85% of final grade, see Examination schedule bachelor Astronomy
Homework assignments: 15% of final grade (not if the average is lower than the exam grade)
The retake exam accounts for 100% of the grade, so homework assignments do not count for this.
Blackboard will be used to communicate with students and to share lecture slides, homework assignments, and any extra materials. You must enroll on Blackboard before the first lecture. To have access, you need a student ULCN account.
Foundations of Astrophysics, Ryden & Peterson, ISBN 9780321595584 (verplicht)
Register via uSis. More information about signing up for classes and exams can be found here. Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to register. For a la carte and contract registration, please see the dedicated section on the Prospective students website.
Please note that this course is in Dutch.