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SH2402 Astrophysics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2402 (Spring 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Observational techniques, Radiative transfer, Star formation and stellar
evolution and large-scale structure of the Universe, Astrostatistics

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe how fundamental astrophysical observations and measurements are performed: localisation, signal strength, distance scales.  Plan and perform simpler astronomical observations and assess the outcome and give suggestions for improvements.
  • By using physical reasoning, explain how radiation is transported within plasmas and in the universe. Explain how emission and absorption line features are formed and their diagnostics
  • By using physical reasoning, explain the main evolutionary states for different types of stars.
  • Describe the observations of the large-scale structure of the universe and assess the theories for structure formation in the universe on both small and large scales.
  • Describe the various techniques for detection of extrasolar planets and discuss the conditions for life on other planets.
  • Summarise the basis of  astrophysics statistical analysis and solve basic problems.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Previous knowledge of mathematical methods in physics and quantum physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Karttunen et al., Fundamental Astronomy

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


  • ANN1 - Notice, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 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

Written exam (TEN1; 4 university credits)
Observation (ANN1; 1 university credit)
Seminarium (SEM1; 1 university credit)

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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Course web SH2402

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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