Course Information
TitleΑΣΤΡΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Astrophysics
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorNikolaos Stergioulas
Course ID40003018

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 102
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreBasic Election745

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Learning Outcomes
After the completion of the course, the students are expected to: - understand the basic laws of hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, as applied in astrophysics, - become familiar with the solution of astrophysics problems in different coordinate systems (cylindrical, spherical, Cartesian), - understand the basic physics that is necessary in order to describe the pressure of degenerate gases, the structure, and rotation of magnetized stars and of accretion disks, - gain experience in analyzing and solving problems in astrophysics, using approximate, theoretical, and numerical methods.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Brief introduction to the theory of gravitational fluids and black bodies. Creation of stars from interstellar clouds. Stars in hydrodynamic/hydrostatic equilibrium. Stellar winds and stellar jets. Stellar evolution, accretion discs, final states of stellar evolution, degenerated matter. White dwarfs, neutron stars black holes
astrophysics, neutron stars, white dwarfs, black holes, magnetohydrodynamics, accretion disks
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
e-learning, zoom
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.3
Written assigments200.7
Student Assessment
5 homework problem sets during the semester (a total of 25 problems) that are graded by voluntary teaching assistants and add up to +1 grade to the final exams. The final exam consists of the solution of 4 exercises, theoretical questions are not examined and a sheet with the necessary equations is provided.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βιβλίο [282]: ΑΣΤΡΟΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΤΟΜΟΣ ΙΙ, SHU FRANK Βιβλίο [42022440]: Εισαγωγή στην αστροφυσική, Αλυσσανδράκης Κ. Βιβλίο [1611]: Αρχές Αστρικής Εξέλιξης, Νικόλαος Σπύρου
Additional bibliography for study
Συμπληρωματικές σημειώσεις για τις ενότητες Δίσκοι Προσαύξησης και Μαγνητοϋδροδυναμική G. Ogilvie “Accretion Disks“ G. Ogilvie "Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics" Συμπληρωματική ελληνική βιβλιογραφία προχωρημένου επιπέδου (δωρεάν συγγράμματα από το ΚΑΛΛΙΠΟΣ) Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης, Α. Νίντος, Σ. Πατσουράκος: «Παρατηρησιακή Αστροφυσική» Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης, Α. Νίντος, Σ. Πατσουράκος: «Φυσική του Ήλιου και του Διαστήματος» Α. Μαστιχιάδης, Ν. Βλαχάκης: «Αστροφυσική Υψηλών Ενεργειών» Α. Νίντος, Κ. Αλυσσανδράκης: «Γαλαξιακή και Εξωγαλαξιακή Αστροφυσική» Συμπληρωματική διεθνής βιβλιογραφία προχωρημένου επιπέδου (συγγράμματα ελεύθερης πρόσβασης) Open Astrophysics Bookshelf (4 βιβλία) N. Kaiser "Elements of Astrophysics" V. Springel "High performance computing and numerical modelling" N. Bilic "Black Hole Phenomenology"
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