What is There in the Universe: Inside the Milky Way? (NS 206)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences(NS)
3
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ünal Ertan unal@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
NS101
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning,Task based learning,Simulation
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CONTENT

The structures of the Milky Way starting from the solar system: the sun and the planets. Stars and star clusters. How does a star shine - stellar structure and evolution. End points of stellar evolution - black holes, white dwarfs and neutron stars. Methods of observation across the electromagnetic spectrum. Satellite observatories and space research.

OBJECTIVE

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LEARNING OUTCOME

Describe the physical principles that govern the motions of the planets and the stellar systems.
Define the basic properties of electromagnetic radiation and spectrum.
Explain the basic radiation mechanism of stars.
Describe the methods of distance, velocity, mass and radius measurements of stars.
Explain the formation and evolution of stars.
Describe the formation of the elements inside the stars.
Discuss formation and properties of the end products of stellar evolution: White dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 60

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Astronomy Today, 10th Ed. E. Chaisson and S. McMillan

Optional Readings

Suggested readings related to new developments or discoveries in the area of astronomy and astrophysich through science web pages.