FY817: Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N510002102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master

STADS ID (UVA): N510002101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

07009601 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 
The course is offered last time E19. Ordinary exam and re-exam are held winter 2019/20. Subsequently, students who are unable to pass FY817 and have not used up their attempts can participate in the exam in FY535.

Entry requirements

The course cannot be followed by students who have passed FY806 or FY535.

Academic preconditions

It is recommended, that FY507 Introductory quantum mechanics has been attended.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to give an overview of the subatomic structure of matter (nuclei and elementary particles), and a basic understanding of star formation, stability and evolution. The course includes an introduction also to cosmology, the Big Bang theory and the evolution of the universe.

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

The learning objectives of the course are that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • 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

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • 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.

Literature

Halliday, Resnick, Krane: Physics Vol 2, Wiley 5th ed.
J. Christensen-Dalsgaard: Stellar Structure and Evolution, Lecture Notes, Aarhus Universitet.
B. Ryden: Introduction to Cosmology, Addison-Wesley, 2003.
See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Written examination

EKA

N510002102

Censorship

Second examiner: Internal

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

Not allowed, a closer description of the exam rules will be posted under 'Course Information' on Blackboard.

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

42 hours per semester

Teaching Method

At the faculty of science, teaching is organized after the three-phase model ie. intro, training and study phase.

The course consists of two parts: There are 2 lectures per week (two hours each) and two hours problem solving in class.

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Christoforos Kouvaris kouvaris@cp3.sdu.dk

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Fysik, kemi og Farmaci

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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