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Syllabus of the course: Astrophysics II

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Astrophysics II, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorA. Zezas
ProgramTuesday, 14:00-16:00, Room 1
Thursday, 15:00-17:00, Amphitheater B
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Goal of the courseThe course is addressed to second year students. It is an introduction to the physics of the interstellar medium, galaxies and modern cosmology. It is recommended that the students who wish to follow the course have completed successfully the courses Astrophysics-I and Introduction to Modern Physics
SyllabusInterstellar medium (interstellar dust, gaseous nebulae, cosmic rays)
The Galaxy (shape and size of the Galaxy, stellar populations, differential rotation)
Inactive and Active galaxies (Galaxy classification, distribution of brightness and mass, active galaxies, models of active galaxies)
Galaxy clusters and expansion of the Universe (Galaxy interactions, galaxy mergers, galaxy clusters, expansion of the Universe)
Gravity and Cosmology (Newtonian Cosmology, Theory of General Relativity, Geometry of Space-time)
Big-Bang and formation of matter (The theory of Bing Bang, Inflation, formation of matter)
Bibliography"An Introduction to Modern Galactic Astrophysics and Cosmology", - S. Carroll and B. Ostlie
Astrophysics: Structure and evolution of the Universe, vol II; Frank Shu
"The first three minutes" - S. Weinberg

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