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SCP4067978, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1173, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GENERAL ASTROPHYSICS (MOD. B)
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 ALESSANDRO PIZZELLA FIS/05

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 28/06/2019
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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of general astronomy and physics.
Target skills and knowledge: The goal of this course is to give an advanced knowledge about observational issues and theoretical fundamentals in planetology and galactic and extragalactic astrophysics with respect to the basic and broad view given in the Bachelor Degree in Astronomy.
Examination methods: Mod. A: Oral or written exam with open questions about the topics discussed during lectures.
Mod. B: Oral exam about the topics discussed during lectures.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the topics presented during the lectures, quality and accuracy of the presentation, ability in making connections between the different topics and in comparing observations with theory.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: 1) Luminosity function of galaxies. Spectroscopic and photometric classification of galaxies at high redshift. Effect of the environment. Main extragalactic surveys from space and ground-based telescopes. The local group and the nearby universe.
2) Galaxy kinematics with integral field spectroscopic, 5 hours
3) Scaling relations in elliptical galaxies: The fundamental plane and its evolution with redshift. Kormendy relation. Faber-Jackson relation. Dn-sigma relation.
4) Scaling relations in spiral galaxies: Tully-Fisher relation and its evolution with redshift. Low and high surface brightness disks.
5) Galaxy clusters and dark matter distributions: Mass of galaxy clusters with X ray halos and gravitational lensing. Dark matter properties in galaxies and clusters.
6) Supermassive black holes in the center of galaxies.
7) Chemical properties of stellar populations in galaxies: Evolution, metal enrichment and chemical abundance gradients (spectro-photometric indices, Lick system). Mg-sigma relation. Mg-escape velocity relation. Color-magnitude relation. Star formation rate with morphological type, environment, and redshift. Passive evolution and hierarchical clustering.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures in the classroom with blackboard and PowerPoint presentations. Some exercises are done in the computer laboratory. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and PowerPoint presentations available in the Moodle website of the course. available through the Moodle website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( The textbook covers only a part of the program.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Schneider, Peter, An Introduction to Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology. Heidelberg: Springer, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

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