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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Astrobiology - NBCM307
Title in English: Astrobiologie
Guaranteed by: Institute of Physics of Charles University (32-FUUK)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2016
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Guarantor: RNDr. Vladimír Kopecký, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: T_FUUK (05.05.2004)
The lecture is a basic course of a new arising scientific branch - astrobiology. It connects new findings from astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology in endeavor to discover answers to the following questions - how originate the life and how to find it in the universe. The lecture is useful for students of biophysics, astronomy and other interested persons.
Aim of the course -
Last update: VLADIK/MFF.CUNI.CZ (23.05.2008)

The goal of the lectures is to give an actual overview of the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology.

Course completion requirements -
Last update: RNDr. Vladimír Kopecký, Ph.D. (30.10.2019)

Oral exam.

Literature -
Last update: VLADIK/MFF.CUNI.CZ (23.05.2008)

G. Horneck, C. Baumstark-Khan (Eds.): Astrobiology - The Quest for Conditions of Life, Springer-Verlag, Berlin - Heidelberg 2002.

J. W. Schopf (Ed.): Life's Origin, University of California Press, Berkeley - Los Angeles 2002.

P. Ulmschnaider: Inteligent Life in the Universe, Springer-Verlag, Berlin - Heidelberg 2003.

G. Zubay: Origins of Life on the Earth and in the Cosmos, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, Boston 1996.

Teaching methods -
Last update: VLADIK/MFF.CUNI.CZ (23.05.2008)


Requirements to the exam -
Last update: RNDr. Vladimír Kopecký, Ph.D. (30.10.2019)

Students take the oral exam on the basis of answering three questions. The first one is chosen by the student, the second one is randomly drawn and the third one is assigned by the teacher so that the covered subject matter is best covered.

Syllabus -
Last update: RNDr. Vladimír Kopecký, Ph.D. (11.05.2005)

Introduction to the history of astrobiology. Astrochemistry - molecules in space. Creation of the solar system. Prebiotic evolution and formation of building blocks of life. From building blocks to polymers and informational molecules. Chemistry of living systems. Origin of life. Extremophyl organisms. Evolution of living systems and arising of complexity. Possibility of life in the solar system. Searching for exoplanets. Searching for extraterrestrial life.

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