FY817: Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology
The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the course of FY507 or FY521 and FY522 and gives an academic basis for studying the topics of astrophysics and cosmology, that are part of the degree.
In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
- Give the competence to follow a general relativity course
- Give skills to do analytical and numerical calculations in astrophysics and cosmology.
- Give knowledge and understanding of basic concepts in astrophysics and cosmology
Expected learning outcome
- give an overview on an elementary level of the forces of nature governing the Universe
- explain basic reactions on the subatomic level (nuclei and elementary particles)
- understand the basics of the evolution of the universe
- explain the mechanisms governing birth, development and death of the stars
- Introduction to elementary particles, fundamental forces, nuclei and nuclear models.
- Star classification, formation, stability, energy transport and evolution.
- Introduction to the Big Bang theory and evolution of the universe.