F1251 Elements of astronomy 1

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2011
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
doc. RNDr. Miloslav Zejda, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marek Skarka, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jiří Liška, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. RNDr. Miloslav Zejda, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Mikulášek, CSc.
Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics - Physics Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: doc. RNDr. Miloslav Zejda, Ph.D.
Thu 16:00–17:50 F4,03017
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
F1251/01: Tue 11:00–11:50 F3,03015, J. Liška
F1251/02: Thu 13:00–13:50 F4,03017, M. Skarka
F1251/03: Thu 18:00–18:50 F3,03015, M. Skarka
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Žádné speciální astronomické znalosti nejsou vyžadovány. Každý by měl znát matematiku a fyziku ve středoškolském rozsahu - co je nadto, bude vysvětleno (proto je vhodné i pro studenty prvního semestru a také zaměření jiných než v kombinaci s matematikou a fyzikou).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course (and following course F2252 Basic of astronomy 2) is to bring into line and harmonise basic astronomical knowlodge. After this course student is able effectively study following astronomical courses. This course is meant especially to them, who do not have basic astronomical knowledge yet and want to study astrophysics or for all who are interesting in astronomy and astrophysics. It is suitable for advanced amateur astronomers, teachers, editors, popularizers.
  • The textbook of the whole course (together with following course F2252) is available in pdf file on http://astro.physics.muni.cz or on http://www.physics.muni.cz/~zejda/student.html. Outline: Historical and terminological lead-in. Astronomy by naked eye.
  • Night sky - planets, comets, meteors, satellites. Stars - names, designations, types. Stellar clusters, nebulaes, galaxies.
  • Astronomical geography. Astronomical co-ordinates. Time. Motions of stars, Sun, Moon.
  • Solar and Moon eclipses. Moon phases. Aspekts. Kepler's laws.
  • Radiation - source of information. Doppler's effect. Astronomy by simple instruments. Eye.
  • Optical telescopes - mounts, parameters. Radio-, neutrin- and other telescopes. Space telescopes.
  • Photometric quantities. Pogson's equations. Bolometric correction. Colour indices.
  • Black body radiation. Spectroscopy. Stellar spectra.
  • Measuring of distance in universe. Stellar masses, dimensions.
  • Structure of stars and planets.
  • HR diagram.
  • http://www.physics.muni.cz/~zejda/student.html
  • POKORNÝ, Zdeněk. Vademecum - Váš průvodce vesmírem. 2006. URL info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, laboratory exercises, exercises, homeworks
Assessment methods
Classic lectures, practical works and class exercises, added by observations. Written documents for practical works are in textbook on http://astro.physics.muni.cz or http://www.physics.muni.cz/~zejda/student.html. Credit will be granted after the processing of practical exercises, successful passing of two tests and discharging of the participation limit at exercises. At the exam students must pass the written part (test and problems) and oral conversation, which confirms that student understands solved selected practical exercises problems and is able to answer and explain selected question.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 1999, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, spring 2012 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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