ASTRONOMY 6309 Galaxies and Cosmology

Fall 2017


Instructor: Vicki Sarajedini 
Class time: MWF 3:00pm - 3:50pm BRT 3
Text Books: Galactic Astronomy (Binney and Merrifield)
Galactic Dynamics (Binney and Tremaine)
Galaxies in the Universe (Sparke and Gallagher)
Cosmology: The Origin and Evolution of Structure - 2nd edition (Coles and Lucchin)
Office: Bryant Space Science Center 211-A
Office Hours: stop by or make an appointment
Office Telephone: 352-294-1863
Email: vicki@astro.ufl.edu
 


COURSE CONTENT:

This course is one of 5 core courses required in the graduate astronomy curriculum but is also open to interested students in other departments. In addition to a general familiarity with astronomy at the introductory level, the course requires calculus and differential equations. It aims to provide an observational survey of the general characteristics of galaxies, introduction to the methods of stellar dynamics and their application to galaxies, and the theoretical underpinnings of modern cosmology. The intent is to cover both the fundamental topics in the field and explore areas that are the subject of active research in the field. Topics to be covered include:



  • Syllabus 2017


  • CLASS NOTES:

  • History of Galactic Astronomy Reading: BM 1.2

  • Galaxy Classification Reading: BM 4.1

  • Surface Brightness Properties of Elliptical Galaxies Reading: BM 4.2-4.3, SG 6.1

  • Surface Brightness Properties of Spiral Galaxies Reading: BM 4.4, SG 5.1

  • Stellar Pops, ISM and Kinematics of Ellipticals Reading: BM 4.3, 8.3, 11.1-11.2, SG 6.2-6.4

  • Kinematics, ISM and other Properites of Galaxy Disks Reading: SG 2.3, BM 8.2, 11.3, SG 5.2-5.5

  • Potentials Theory and Stellar Orbits Reading: BT 2.0-2.2, 3.0-3.4, SG 3

  • Stellar Dynamical Systems and Collisionless Dynamics Reading: BT 4.1-4.2, SG 3.2-3.4

  • Morphology/Environment, Galaxy Clusters, Large-Scale Structure Reading: BM 4.1.2, SG 7.2-7.3, 8.0-8.1

  • Galaxy LF, Groups & Mergers Reading: BM 4.1.3, 4.1.4, SG 4.0, 7.1

  • AGN and Related Objects Reading: SG 9.0 - 9.2

  • Cosmology Reading: CL Ch1, Ch2, Ch4.5-4.7

  • Big Bang Reading: CL Ch4.8, Ch5, Ch 8.6


  • Homework and Supplemental Information:

  • Galaxies for classification (HW#1, Problem 1)

  • NGC 2775 for profile fitting exercise (HW#1, Problem 2)

  • NGC 4030 for profile fitting exercise

  • HW #1

  • HW #1 Supplemental Info

  • HW #2

  • HW #3

  • Mid-term Review

  • HW #4

  • HW #5

  • Cosmology Notes

  • Final exam review


  • CLASS REQUIREMENTS