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ASTB01
Introduction to Astrophysics
(7.5 hp)

Description:

This Bachelor's level course covers the major topics

  1. Spherical astronomy
  2. Parallax and telescopes
  3. Intensity and apparent magnitude
  4. Absolute magnitude and black body radiation
  5. Kepler's laws
  6. Interstellar medium
  7. Spectral classification of stars
  8. Stellar structure and evolution
  9. Variable stars and star clusters
  10. The Milky Way
  11. Galaxies
  12. Cosmology
  13. Solar system
  14. Exoplanets
Teaching consists of 13 two-hour lectures, with two additional labs. The course finishes with a written exam. The above topics are not intended to correspond directly to individual lectures - rather the topics are broadly covered over the entire course.

Introduction meeting:

The introduction meeting will be held on Monday 28 August 2017 at 10:15 in Lundmarksalen. Please inform Thomas Bensby if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Schedule: Unless noted otherwise, all lectures in Lundmarksalen!


PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE!
Chapter
Problem

Aug 28
Monday 10:15-12:00 TB
Introduction and registration
1, 3


Aug 29
Tuesday 10:15-12:00 TB
Spherical astronomy
2




Sep 4
Monday
9:15-12:00
PC room
GK
Lab 1: Visual observations preparations (group A)



Sep 4
Monday
13:15-16:00
PC room
GK
Lab 1: Visual observations preparations (group B)



Sep 6
Wednesday
10:15-12:00
AJ
Kepler laws
6



Sep 11
Monday 10:15-12:00 AJ
The solar system
7-8


Sep 13
Wednesday
10:15-12:00
AJ
Exoplanets
22



Sep 18
Monday 10:15-12:00 TB
Blackbody radiation and magnitudes
5.7, 4.1-4.3


Sep 20
Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Magnitudes
4




Sep 25
Monday 10:15-12:00 TB Insterstellar medium
16
1-2

Sep 27
Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Stellar structure and evolution
11-12
3-4


Oct 2
Monday 8:15-12:00
PC room
NS Lab 2 (group A)



Oct 2 Monday 13:15-17:00
PC room
NS Lab 2  (group B)



Oct 4
Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Stellar structure and evolution, The Sun
11-13
5-8


Oct 9
Monday
10:15-12:00 TB Spectral classification of stars
9
9-10

Oct 11 Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Pulsating stars, clusters
14, 17
11-12



Oct 16
Monday 10:15-12:00 TB Milky Way
18
13-14

Oct 18
Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Galaxies and cosmology
19-20
15-16



Oct 23 Monday 10:15-12:00 TB Problems

17-20

Oct 25
Wednesday 10:15-12:00 TB Old exams, questions



Oct 27
Friday
09:15-13:00
Andromeda

Written exam!





Laboratory exercises:

Instructions for the "Visual observations" laboratory exercise can be downloaded here.

Instructions for the "Exoplanet" laboratory exercise can be downloaded here.

Problem solving:

Problem solving exercises can be be downloaded here.

Two old exams for the third problem solving class can be downloaded here and here.

Exam:

The written exam will take place on 27 October 2017 in the Andromeda lecture hall (9:15-13:00).

A list of equations will be handed out at the exam. Additionally students are allowed to bring an electronic calculator. The course text book is not to be used.

Download list of equations here.

The exam is based on all chapters from "Fundamental Astronomy" that have been the topics of lectures.

Literature:

Karttunen, H., Kröger, P., Oja, H., Poutanen, M., Donner, K.J. (eds.): Fundamental Astronomy (6th edition). Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg 2017. ISBN: 978-3-662-53044-3 (Print) 978-3-662-53045-0 (Online). Note! Available as PDF to students at Lund University.

Course period: Autumn term 2017 - study period I

Course responsible: Thomas Bensby

Teachers: Thomas Bensby (TB), Anders Johansen (AJ), Giorgi Kokaia (GK), Noemi, Schaeffer (NS)

Course evaluation:

Evaluation results for 2014 course

Evaluation results for 2013 course

Evaluation results for 2012 course

Questions: Please contact Thomas Bensby




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Senast uppdaterad: 2016-08-26