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280422 VU PM-AP2 VU Astrophysics II (PI) (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 55 participants
Language: German



ATTENTION: The first lecture on Oct 6, 2020, 15:00 will be given digital via Big Blue Button on Moodle. If you do not have access to the lecture on Moodle yet, please send an email to asmus.boehm@univie.ac.at.
Knowledge of STEOP and Astrophysics I required. The lecture will be given in hybrid form. On Tuesdays (except for Oct 6), the lecture will take place 15:00-16:30 in the lecture hall and seminar room SE01 in the Sternwarte, Türkenschanzstraße 17. We will circulate lists of names how students will be distributed on the lecture hall and SE01. The Friday lecture will be given as a video available on Moodle.
The exercise groups will take place on Tuesdays 16:45-18:15 and Friday 13:15-14:45 in the lecture hall of the Sternwarte. The distribution of students into two groups will be explained during the first lecture on Oct 6.
In case of a Covid19-related shutdown, the lecture and exercises will switch to purely digital form. Members of risk groups can be excused from the presence requirements.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals: Deeper Understanding of astronomical terms and astrnomical and astrophysical methods, links to other scientific disciplines
Content: stellar systems, galaxies, large scale structure, structure formation, early Universe, cosmology.
Methods: lectures, exercises with beamer presentations or blackboard calculations.

Assessment and permitted materials

UPDATE: Digital exam (Multiple Choice) on 26.01.2021, solution of weekly exercise sheets, presence in exercise groups. No tools are allowed for the exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final grade is computed as follows:
50% exam (Grade 1-5, grading scheme is shown below). To successfully complete the lecture it is mandatory to pass the exam (grade 4 or better).
30% presentations in exercise groups in teams of 2 students each; grades 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3.
20% solutions of weekly exercise sheets (grades 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5), presence in exercise groups. If a student is absent without an excuse more than twice, the exercise grade is degraded by one, e.g. from 2 to 3.
All partial requirements have to be fulfilled. No tools (except a pen) are allowed for the exam. For students who fail to pass the exam we will conduct a second exam around the end of February 2021.
Grading scheme for exam:
below 45% -> grade 5
45% - 58.75% -> grade 4
58.75% - 72.5% -> grade 3
72.5% - 86.25% -> grade 2
86.25% - 100.0% -> grade 1

Examination topics

Content of lectures and exercises. Both will be available online via Moodle.

Reading list

Combes, Francoise, et al: Galaxies and Cosmology, Springer (Heidelberg)
Peebles, James E.: Principles of Physical Cosmology, Princeton Univ. Press
Schneider, Peter: Extragalaktische Astronomie und Kosmologie, Springer (Heidelberg)
Weigert, A., Wendker, H.J., & Wisotzki, L.: Astronomie und Astrophysik, Wiley-VCH (Berlin)
For further literature, see list on Moodle

Association in the course directory

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