Course Synopses


  • Course Description:

    Prerequisites: 750:507, Classical Mechanics. Galaxy properties: photometry, structure, kinematics, gas content, chemical evolution; Milky Way. Stellar system equilibrium, stability, evolution. Disk and elliptical galaxy dynamics and evolution (spiral patterns, bars, warps). Astrophysical chaos.

    Properties of galaxies: photometry, structure, kinematics, gas content, chemical evolution. Structure of the Milky Way. Equilibrium, stability, and evolution of stellar systems. Dynamics and evolution of disk galaxies (spiral patterns, bars, warps) and elliptical galaxies. Examples of chaotic astrophysical systems.

    In addition to learning about the observed properties of galaxies, and how they evolve over cosmic time, we will also study the modern theory for how galaxies form in the context of the "hierarchical structure formation" picture provided by the Cold Dark Matter theory. Topics that will be covered include:

    • structure formation in the Cold Dark Matter model
    • galaxy clustering and bias
    • the Milky Way and the Local Group
    • demographics of nearby galaxies
    • galaxies and their environment
    • interactions and mergers
    • galaxy evolution over cosmic time
    • dynamics and stability of galactic disks
    • dynamics and evolution of elliptical galaxies
    • black holes and Active Galactic Nuclei
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