Astronomy and Astrophysics

Course Information
TitleΑΣΤΡΟΝΟΜΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΤΡΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Astronomy and Astrophysics
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPantelis Papadopoulos
Course ID40003008

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of General Physics and General Mathematics.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: - acquire basic theoretical knowledge in astronomy and astrophysics - learn how to use theoretical knowledge for solving basic astronomical and astrophysical problems
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Basic principles of positional astronomy - Astronomical coordinates, Position triagle, Measurement of time, Stellar distances - Stellar photometry and stellar magnitudes, Colour indices - Spectra and spectral classification of sstars – Sun, planets and their satellites, minor planets, comets – Basic principles of stellar evolution and final stages of matter – Binary and Variable stars – Characteristics, classification, clusters, and evolution of galaxies – Observations of cosmological importance, theories of creation and evolution of the universe, cosmological models.
Astronomy, Astrophysics, Stars, Planets, Cosmology
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Presentations with multi-media material - Use of e-mail for communication and submission of homework.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment21
Student Assessment
Weekly exercises (with bonus on final grade). Final written exam.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Εισαγωγή στη Σύγχρονη Αστρονομία, Συγγραφείς Χ. Βάρβογλης, Ι.Χ. Σειραδάκης, Εκδόσεις Υπηρεσία Δημ. ΑΠΘ, Γαρταγάνης, 1994 2. Αστροφυσική, Τόμος Ι (Αστέρες), Αστροφυσική, Τόμος ΙΙ (Γαλαξίες, Πλανητικό σύστημα), Συγγραφέας Frank Shu (Μετάφραση: Ι. Βεντούρα et. al., Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης, 2003
Additional bibliography for study
Harwit M.: Astrophysical Concepts, John Willey, New York, 1973 Pasachoff J.M.: Contemporary astronomy, International Thomson Publishing, 1988 Freedman R.A., Kaufmann W.J. III: Universe, W.H. Freeman, 2001
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