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Course unit
SC03100535, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1159, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTRONOMY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Mathematics
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO CASSATA FIS/05
Other lecturers GIUSEPPE GALLETTA FIS/05

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 Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Astronomia - a.a. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 CASSATA PAOLO (Presidente)
GALLETTA GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
7 Astronomia - a.a. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 CASSATA PAOLO (Presidente)
GALLETTA GIUSEPPE (Membro Effettivo)
6 Astronomia - a.a. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 CIROI STEFANO (Presidente)
CASSATA PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of calculus, chemistry, general physics and scientific calculation. Knowledge of scientific English.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge of practical astronomy, celestial mechanics and astrophysics.
Examination methods: Written and oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The preparation of the student will be evaluated based on her/his understanding of the topics covered during the classes and her/his ability to clearly expose the acquired knowledge and to apply it autonomously and consciously.
Course unit contents: The stars and the birth of the Sun. Structure of the Sun: energy production, solar activity. Structure of the Solar System. Laws of Newton, Kepler, Titius-Bode. Origin of the planets. Protoplanetary Disk and Grand Initial Bombardment. The interior of the planets: sources of energy, nucleus, mantle, crust, isostatic equilibrium. The planetary magnetospheres. Morphology of the rocky planets: plateaus, impact craters, faults and lowlands. Volcanoes in the solar system.

The light. Laws of light flux, magnitude. Astronomical distances: parallax and distance modulus. Black body. Spectral continuum, emission and absorption lines, Doppler effect.

The stars: Spectral classification and HR diagram. Collapse and star formation. Brown dwarfs. Nuclear fusion. Synthesis of the chemical elements. Red giant phase. Planetary nebulae. White dwarfs. Evolution of massive stars: supernovae. Supernova remnants. Neutron stars, pulsars and black holes. The periodic table of elements and stellar nucleosynthesis. Gas and dust in the Galaxy.

The Milky Way: Distances within our galaxy. Structure and kinematics of our galaxy. Galactic microlensing. The galactic center.

The universe of galaxies: Hubble classification. Elliptical galaxies. Spiral galaxies. Scaling relations. Stellar population synthesis. Extragalactic distances. Luminosity functions. Lensing. Elements of spectroscopy.

The large-scale universe: The expanding universe. Big bang, redshift and distances in cosmology. The thermal history of the Universe. Primordial nucleus synthesis. Selection of high redshift galaxies. Spectroscopic surveys. Clusters of galaxies. Accelerated expansion and dark energy. Cosmological Supernovae. Cosmic microwave background.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and exercises in the classroom. If conditions allow, some lessons could be held at the Museum of the Astronomical Observatory of Padua and at the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
Additional notes about suggested reading: Updated powerpoint presentations will be provided by the teacher on digital and paper support. All the didactic material and exercises presented during the classes is made available to the students on the course website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Seeds, Michael A.; Backman, Dana E., Foundations of astronomy.Michael Seeds, Dana E. Backman. Boston: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Bennett, M. Donahue, N. Schneider, M. Voit, The essential cosmic perspective Jeffrey Bennett. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schneider, Peter, Extragalactic astronomy and cosmologyan introductionPeter Schneider. Heidelberg: Springer, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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