DEPARTAMENTO DE FÍSICA

 

Introduction to Astrophysics - F+mnrF+mnrCE

Ano letivo: 2015-2016
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language
1002837116pt


Learning goals
Problem solving skills.
Theoretical understanding of physical problems.
Enhanced general knowledge of physics.
Learning capacity.
Capacity to find and use bibliographical references.
In particular:
- Understanding of the physical processes governing the evolution of planets, stars and galaxies.
- Capacity to understand the foundations of the cosmological model and the observational data which lend support to it.
- Acquisition of the necessary bases to analyze critically new developments in astrophysics and cosmology.

Generic skills:
Competence in oral and written communication;
Competence in information management;
Competence to solve problems;
Competence in critical thinking;
Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field;
Competence in independent learning;
Adaptability to new situations;
Competence to apply in practice the theoretical knowledge.
Syllabus
1- Astrophysical tools: celestial mechanics; the continuous spectrum of light; special relativity; interaction of light with matter; measuring distances in the universe.
2- The nature of stars: properties of stars; stellar structure, formation and evolution; the sun; the death of stars; variable stars and exploding stars; compact stars and black holes.
3- The solar system: physical processes; terrestrial and giant planets; the formation of the solar system.
4-Galaxies and the universe: the Milky Way; interstellar medium; structure of the galaxies; classification and properties of galaxies; galactic evolution; large scale structure of the universe; active galaxies and quasars.
5- Cosmology: cosmological models; determination of the cosmological parameters.
6- The young universe: cosmological expansion; primordial nucleosynthesis; inflationary theories.
Prerequisites
Mathematical Analysis I, General Physics I and II, Foundations of Modern Physics
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
lectures45
tutorial guidance15
total of teaching hours60

Assessment
Exam100 %
assessment implementation in 20152016
Assessment Synthesis work: 20.0%
Resolution 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.
Teaching method
Presentation of the different topics illustrated with practical applications.
Resources used