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Intro to Astrophysics

Intro to Astrophysics

Obtain insights into Astrophysics, without the need for much prior knowledge of Physics and Mathematics. Learn more about stars and galaxies in our universe, as also a brief introduction to Cosmology.


21 April 2020


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About the Course

Astronomy is often referred to as the oldest science. Interestingly it is still one of the most exciting fields of science and it captures the imagination of scientists as well as young students.

In this course, we will choose topics carefully that will give a deep insight into the subject without the need for much prior knowledge in Physics and Mathematics. We will focus on three things: 

  1. Stars and Galaxies in our universe - How do we know about them, their distances, the amount of light that they emit and so on. We will discuss in detail, the birth and death of stars, and introduce tools such as the Hertzsprung–Russell (H-R) diagram and how to use it. 
  2. Introduction to the night sky using a software: the major Constellations,the most important stars and what their life stores are, nearby Galaxies
  3. Brief introduction to Cosmology : Why Big Bang Theory? How may the universe end? Why do we talk about dark matter and dark energy?

We may end the workshop with some fun estimates and wild open questions like- How many planets are out there with life forms? Is there more than one universe?

Please note that this WILL NOT BE A workshop on black holes. The exposition will be at the level of 12th standard science in any standard curriculum.

Learn more about our expert course facilitator, Utpal Chattopadhyay, here.

 Please register here for a brief (~30min) Parent orientation session on Tuesday, April 14 @5pm.  

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.

Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.

Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.

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