In this curricular unit, students are expected to understand the movements of celestial bodies, including the discussion that surrounds the recent discovery of extra-solar planets. Students are also expected to master the use of star catalogues for understanding and building reference systems.
Competency in analysis and synthesis;
Computer knowledge related to this area of study;
Capacity for formulating and solving problems;
Competency in group work;
Competency in critical thinking;
Capacity for autonomous learning;
Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit;
Competency in applying in practice theoretical knowledge.
- Brief introduction to Newtonian Mechanics.
- Proper motion of stars and coordinates correction.
- Movement of a point in a Newtonian field.
- Problem of two bodies.
- Some applications:
- Study of the annual motion of the Earth and the apparent annual motion of the Sun.
- Effects on observations: parallax and annual aberration.
- Study of the movements of artificial satellites.
- n-body problem. Introduction to the perturbation theory.
- Some applications:
- Study of the precession and the nutation of the Earth, and their effects over observations.
- Extra-solar planets.
- Transformation between apparent and medium coordinates. Star catalogues.
Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry I and II
Infinitesimal Analysis I and II
Differential Equations and Modeling.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Computer Skills for the scope of the study; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Competence for working in group; . Critical thinking; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
assessment implementation in 20132014 Assessment Resolution Problems: 25.0% Mini Tests: 25.0% Frequency: 50.0%
Bibliography of reference
GREEN, R. (1993). Spherical Astronomy. Cambridge: University Press.
FITZPATRICK, P.M. (1970). Principles of Celestial Mechanics. N.Y.: Academic press.
MOULTON, F.R. (1970). An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics. N.Y.: Dover Publ.