FY2450 - Astrophysics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 67/100 4 hours C
Home examination 33/100 7 days

Course content

Newton's laws and inertial frames. Rotating coordinate systems and Coriolis forces. Newton's law of gravitation and Kepler's laws. Mass distributions, gravitational potential, and potential energy. Virial theorem, gravitational collapse, and formation of stars. Special relativity. Doppler shift. General relativity and black holes. Relative and absolute magnitude of stars. Binary stars. Planck's law of radiation and Wien's displacement law. Stellar spectra. Nuclear processes in the core of stars. White dwarfs and neutron stars. Cosmology and the Big Bang.

Learning outcome

The student will acquire basic knowledge of the solar system and planetary motion. The student will get an overview of the formation of stars, the nuclear processes in the core of stars, and their death. Likewise, the student will acquire an overview of special relativity, general relativity, cosmology, and the Big Bang.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem sessions. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Further on evaluation

Written school exam (67%) and semester assignment (at home) (33%). The re-sit exam may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Dan Maoz, Astrophysics in a Nutshell: Second Edition (Princeton University Press).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFFY250 7.5
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 67/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 33/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 67/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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