Intro to Astrophysics : Evolution of the Universe
Obtain insights into Astrophysics, without the need for much prior knowledge of Physics and Mathematics.
14 July 2021
1830 - 1945h IST
Fee (₹, incl taxes)
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 II, we will focus on cosmology which is the study of the birth and evolution of the universe. We will discuss basic ideas of general relativity, the apparent paradoxes and experimental observations that force us to conclude about the beginning of the universe and its evolution after that beginning. We will also discuss recent discoveries of dark matter, dark energy and existence and discovery of black holes. Of course, the discussion will be preliminary and will be grounded on observations and discoveries made in the last 20-30 years.
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 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!