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Course unit
SCP4068136, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTRONOMY 2 (MOD. A)
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge SERGIO ORTOLANI FIS/05

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basics of Physics I and II, Calculus I and II, Atomic Physics, Astronomy.
Target skills and knowledge: Acquire ability in the use of the basics of physics necessary for the interpretation of the physical features of stellar atmospheres through spectroscopic investigation.
Examination methods: Mod. A.: Oral exam.

Mod. B: Oral exam, eventually integrated by the presentation of a topic related to the program agreed in advance with the teacher.
Assessment criteria: Test on the capability to use the physical concepts necessary to exctract information from stellar spectra.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course is dedicated to the basic concept of astronomy, focalized mostly to the observational-interpretative aspects. The
course is extended to the study of the infrared and radio wavelengths domain.
The program includes a first part dedicated to the atmospheric effects on the astronomical observations (absorption, sky brightness, optical turbulence). The second part is dedicated to the continuum emission mechanisms, in particular from galactic sources. In this section the classes the thermal, free free and synchrotron emission are analyzed in detail. Finally a special section presents the pulsar properties and analysis of their observational parameters.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal classes with the use of projections and power point.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Classes notes from the professor.
Specific papers are available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)