Syllabus outline of the short course: Introduction to astrophysics and cosmology

Introduction to the Night Sky, Trigonometric Parallax method for estimating distances to nearby stars. Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion with derivation for elliptical orbits.

Estimating the mass of stars in binary systems, Stars as Black Bodies - introduction to electromagnetic spectrum, basic of black body physics, Planck function, Wein's displacement law, some basic derivations.

Understanding Stellar Spectrum - Formation of spectral absorption lines, Boltzmann equation, Saha Equation, spectral classification of stars Hertzsprung Russell Diagram
Basic Structure of a Star, Stellar Evolution.

Death of Stars (Planetary Nebulae, White Dwarfs, Supernovae, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes) Milky Way Galaxy, its main components and their distribution, Sun’s location in the Galaxy, kinematics of stars, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Galaxy

Galaxy morphologies, the kinematics of spirals and elliptical galaxies, rotation curves and the evidence for dark matter. Galaxy groups and cluster, dynamical mass of galaxy clusters and the evidence for dark matter, galaxy surveys and the large scale structure of the universe.

Hubble’s observations and the expansion of the universe, cosmological redshift, Hubble parameter, basic idea of a metric and scale factor, Friedmann equation

Curvature of space, critical density, open, closed and flat universe, cosmological parameters, Type Ia supernova observations and the evidence for dark energy, cosmic microwave background radiation - its origin, its discovery and its relevance. 

11 comments:

  1. Can anyone attend the course or selected people only?

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    2. Here is the registration link : https://goo.gl/C8FjNE

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    4. Thanks.. done filling up.

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    5. The link is not responding now. Is the registration over?

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    6. Yeah, i got a mail that the list of selected people will be uploaded on Aug 8th.

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  2. Fill out the google form and then answer the questions. If selected, only then can you attend this course.

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  3. Where can I find the time table for the course? If not intimated early, it will be very difficult to book rain tickets.

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