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CUSA1055 A Brief History of the Universe 宇宙简史

Cosmology is one of the most active research frontiers of current scientific investigation. With the tremendous progress in the past few decades, scientists have gradually formed a clear and dynamic picture of our Universe. In this course, we will go through the brief history of our Universe, including its content and the expanding history. We will also identify and learn a few important events that happened in the Universe, for example, the Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN) and the Cosmological Microwave Background (CMB). Along with the theoretical development, we will also explore the fascinating experimental and observational discoveries that further confirmed or overturned our understanding towards the Universe.

From this course, students will have a most up-to-date introduction towards our Universe. They will have a taste of the most active research ideas undergoing in current academic society.

宇宙学是当前科学研究的热点之一。伴随着过去二三十年的急速发展,科学家们对我们的宇宙逐渐形成了一个清晰的动态图景。在这门宇宙简史课中,我们会介绍宇宙的构成部分以及它的膨胀历史。同时,我们还会较为仔细地了解一些关键事件,例如大爆炸核合成(BBN)以及宇宙微波背景辐射(CMB)。另一方面,我们会探索一下与之相关的观察与实验。这些实验可谓激动人心,有的支持或验证了理论猜想,而有的却全盘推翻了科学家们的预料。通过这门课,同学们会学会会有一个最与时并进的宇宙简介,并且可以感受目前学术界最活跃的一些研究热点。

Organising units:
  • Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Have an introductory and up-to-date big picture of the development of modern cosmology
  2. Understand some important events happening in the history of the Universe and appreciate its importance
  3. Have a taste of some currently undergoing research topics, including theoretical ideas and observational/experimental development.
Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Exercise and assignment
  3. Discussion of case
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
Assessment:
  1. Short answer test or exam
  2. Others
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s): 1
* A certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to student upon completion.
 
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to S5-S6
Organising period:   Summer 2015; Summer 2016
Application method:   SAYT Online application