Syllabus for Astrophysics I

Astrofysik I

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA204
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-01-21
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2020
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in mathematics and 40 credits in physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for the modern astronomical conception of the world and modern astronomical research
  • understand and explain the mechanism behind certain astronomical phenomenon
  • perform astrophysical calculations of fundamental character

Content

Planetary systems - our own and others. Stellar brightnesses, colours, distances and masses. Spectral classification. The HR-diagram. The Sun. Energy production in stars. Stellar evolution. Stellar remnants. The interstellar medium. The Milky Way galaxy. Galaxies. Big Bang and the early universe. Relativity.

Instruction

Lectures and exercises. The course makes use of subject integrated communication training with feedback and self evaluation.

Assessment

Written examination at the end of the course, corresponding to 4 credits. Passed hand in exercises, corresponding to 1 credit.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Jain, Pankaj An introduction to astronomy and astrophysics

    Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, [2015]

    Find in the library

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