Theoretical understanding of the physical phenomena.
Thorough General culture in Physics.
Ability to learn.
Ability to search and use bibliography.
- Understand the physical processes that rule the evolution of planets, stars and galaxies.
- Be able to understand the bases of the cosmological model and the observational data that support it.
- Acquire the necessary bases to critically analyse the new advances of astrophysics and cosmology.
1 – Astrophysics tools: celestial mechanics, continuous spectrum of light; theory of restricted relativity; interaction of light with matter; distance measures in the universe.
2 – The nature of stars: properties of stars; star structure, formation and evolution; the Sun; the death of stars; variable stars and explosive stars; compact stars and black holes.
3 – The solar system: physical processes; terrestrial planets; giant planets; the solar system formation.
4 – Galaxies and the universe: The Milky Way; interstellar medium; structure of galaxies; classification and properties of galaxies; galactic evolution; large-scale structures of the universe; active galaxies and quasars.
5 – Cosmology: cosmological models; determination of the cosmological parameters.
6 – The primitive universe: a universe in expansion; the primordial nucleosynthesis, theory of inflation.
nt class=column grid_10> Introduction to Astrophysics ‹ back to study programme Academic year 2010-2011
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in information management; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Adaptability to new situations; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence to solve problems; . Critical thinking; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Synthesis work thesis
assessment implementation in 20102011 Summary assignment : 20.0% Resolution of problems : 30.0% Exam: 50.0%
Bibliography of reference
CARROLL, Bradley W.; OSTLIE, Dale A. (1996). An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics. Addison Wesley.
PEACOCK, J. A. (2000). Cosmological Physics. Cambridge University Press.
Presentation of the different topics exemplified by means of practical applications.