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Difference between Cosmology and Astrophysics/Astronomy

  1. Sep 4, 2015 #1
    Well my question is what is exactly the difference between Astrophysics and Cosmology and Quantum mechanics ?
     
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  3. Sep 4, 2015 #2

    mfb

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    Did you check the wikipedia articles? They should give a good idea.
     
  4. Sep 4, 2015 #3
    Quantum mechanics is a very successful theory of how things work on the tiniest scales, atomic scale and smaller.
    Cosmology is the opposite, it encompasses many theories of how things work on the largest of scales, the entire universe.
    Astrophysics studies the observable universe, Galaxies etc, using telescopes and other instrumentation
     
  5. Sep 4, 2015 #4

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    A quick distinction: cosmology studies the properties and evolution of the universe as a whole, whereas astrophysics studies the properties and processes of structures in the universe.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2015 #5

    jim mcnamara

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    Hmm. Does that mean cosmology tends to more of an alpha science than astrophysics?
     
  7. Sep 4, 2015 #6

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    What's an "alpha science"?
     
  8. Sep 5, 2015 #7
    Well I am afraid that I have not checked any articles yet but thanks for the advice I will check em now
     
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