Intro to Astrophysics [1]: The Life of Stars

Obtain insights into Astrophysics, without the need for much prior knowledge of Physics and Mathematics.


3 May 2021


1830 - 1945h IST

On Days

Fee (₹, incl taxes)


(4 sessions)


Grades 8, 9, 10

About the Course

For students entering Grades 8, 9, 10 in 2021-22

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 some key areas of the subject. We will avoid difficult mathematical machinery needed to fully understand these topics, but the students will need to have prior familiarity with basic physics ideas, such as force and motion, Newton's laws, energy, gravitational force, and ideas about temperature and pressure.

The course is offered in two parts of four sessions each- Astrophysics I and II. Students can attend either Astrophysics I, or Astrophysics II, or both.

In Astrophysics I, we will focus on understanding many different but related aspects of a star. How do we know about the properties of a star, its mass, the energy it radiates, its size, its temperature and connections between these. We will also discuss how we know about stars; answers to questions such as how far away they are; whether they are moving towards or away from us. We will discuss the birth and death of stars as well.

At the end of attending Intro to Astrophysics I and/ or Intro to Astrophysics II , the students will have a far deeper qualitative understanding of these topics and their interrelatedness.

Learn more about this course through the course facilitator's blog post.

About our Facilitator:

Utpal Chattopadhyay

Utpal Chattopadhyay

Utpal is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise. His passion in life is "to firmly establish science as a wonderful culture in developing young minds."

Since 2010, Utpal has been teaching Advanced Physics to talented undergraduate students at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore. He was one of the founders of Curiouscity Science Education, where he conducted numerous science sessions with middle school children. Utpal has been also been facilitating courses on Physics and Mathematics to gifted school students for the past several years.

Utpal has a bachelor's degree with honours in Physics from IIT Kharagpur (1st in his class), and a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His corporate/ professional work experience includes stints at Bell Labs and Motorola (where he was a Director). Post 2005, he cannot imagine life without a chalk and the blackboard!