School:Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the School of Physics and Astronomy!
Three-dimensional visualization of space-time distortion. The presence of matter changes the geometry of spacetime, this (curved) geometry being interpreted as gravity.

A school is a large organizational structure which can contain various departments and divisions. The departments and divisions should be listed in the departments and divisions section. The school should not contain any learning resources. The school can contain projects for developing learning resources.

Physics department edit

The department topics and learning resources are incorporated within several of the departments as core curriculum and are common to all types of physics degrees. A topic page is a starting point for choosing between many different existing learning resources in the Wikiversity on that topic. When only one learning resource, for example, a specific course, lecture or lesson, is available on a topic, that specific resource is listed here. Additional topics, relevant to particular degree types, are specified in individual departments. For more information please review the Bachelor of Science in Physics requirements.

Divisions edit

Radiation astronomy department edit

This is a relatively new Department at Wikiversity, and its growth depends on the participation of everyone who seeks to learn about astronomy. The basic philosophy of Wikiversity is to learn by doing. This is reflected in the content of lessons and activities. However, "learning by doing" means more than just reading a lesson and following the directions; hopefully you will participate in the process of creating lessons and sharing your experiences.

To get started try the lesson on Stellar evolution or the activity on Observational astronomy.

For a glimpse of some of the topics that we hope to cover in the future see the Radiation astronomy courses.

If you have any questions about astronomy or requests for topics that you would like to learn, post them to the astronomy help desk.

Divisions edit

The majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4414 was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope as part of the HST Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale
  • Amateur astronomy - The study and observation of objects in space by non-professionals.
  • Astrophysics - The study of physics of the universe. Indepth discussion of the concepts and objects in the universe to someone who has a basic background in physics and mathematics.
  • Cosmology - The scientific study of the nature and evolution of the Universe as a whole.
  • Radiation astronomy - nearly all observationally obtained information in astronomy comes from the use of radiation astronomy.

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Learning resources edit

A Superconductor demonstrating the Meissner Effect.

As with all Wikiversity disciplines the courses here are supported by the texts at Wikibooks specifically of interest are the books on the Physics bookshelf. The books below are representative of what is available.

Style guides edit

Wikiversity resources edit

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Wikipedia articles edit

Wikibooks edit

Improvement drive edit

These pages are in need of expansion and improvement:

  • Basic astronomy - Basic Description and properties (luminosity, density, temperature, chemical composition) of the universe. Description of astronomical concepts without alot of required background in physics or mathematics.

People edit

Inactive edit

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What is physics? (click each box for answer)
Physics is
what physicists do
late at night.