TRUMP Astrophysics Project

The Teaching Resources Unit for Modern Physics (TRUMP) is a collaboration between school teachers and academic experts whose aim is to support the teaching of modern physics in post-16 courses. The Astophysics package was published in 1997. It was written primarily to support modules currently available in the A level physics syllabuses at that time. Parts of package were also relevant to astronomical topics within International Baccalaureate and GCSE courses as well as to adult and continuing education. The development work was supported by Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Institute of Physics and the University of York.

Publications 

1. Introduction to Astrophysics

2. Observational Properties of Astronomical Objects

3. Star Formation and Evolution

4. Planets and Orbits

5. Telescopes and Instruments

6. Galaxies, Cosmology and Relativity

 

Components of the publications

Each of the resources consisted of three main components:

*Study notes for teachers

*Teaching notes discussing the student activities and teaching approaches

*Student sheets providing a bank of resources for class use.

Resources

TRUMP Part 2: Observational Properties of Astronomical Objects

Part 2 of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the observational properties of astronomical objects and was therefore concerned with the analysis and interpretation of observations.

Like Part 1 of the TRUMP package, this part contained study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching...

TRUMP Part 3: Star Formation and Evolution

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the formation, evolution and 'death' of stars. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part formed a sequel to Part 2 of...

TRUMP Part 4: Planets and Orbits

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with historical and modern observations of planets and their orbital motions. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part...

TRUMP Part 5: Telescopes and Instruments

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the design and performance of astronomical telescopes and instruments. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part drew...

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