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SH2401 Stellar Structure and Evolution 6.0 credits

This is an advanced course in Astrophysics (6 university credits). It is given by the Astronomy department at Stockholm University.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2401 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Observational properties of stars, gas hydrodynamics, mass-luminosity relation, nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution.

Intended learning outcomes

The student should have obtained an understanding of the observational properties of stars and be able to explain the physical principles underlying the structure and evolution of stars. Nucleosynthesis and its dependence on mass are also studied.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Previous knowledge of mathematics, physics and measuring techniques.

Recommended prerequisites

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Christensen-Dalsgard: Stellar Structure and Evolution (booklet)

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

One written exam (TENA; 6 university credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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