**TIME AND LOCATION:** Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00-3:15pm, Astronomy 265

** INSTRUCTOR:** Mark Whittle

** OFFICE HOURS:** Room 216, Astronomy Building, M, W, 2:00-3:00 (please email first);
Telephone 924-4900 ; email:
dmw8f@virginia.edu

** WEB PAGE:**
http://sol.astro.virginia.edu/class/whittle/astr553/

(The UVa Collab web page points to this; but use it for, e.g., anonymous feedback if you wish)

*Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology*by Peter Schneider (Springer) (PS)

*Galactic Astronomy*by Binney and Merrifield (B&M)*Galactic Dynamics*by Binney and Tremaine (2nd edition) (B&T II)*An Introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei*by Peterson*Galaxies in the Universe*by Sparke and Gallagher*Galaxies and Galactic Structure*by Elmergreen

Note, you can find Errata for B&M and S&G

**COURSE CONTENT : **
The pair of classes, 5630 & 5640 (formerly 553 & 554), aim to survey extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at
a level suitable for graduate and senior undergraduate astronomy students.

Topics emphasized in 5630 include: morphological, photometric and dynamical properties of normal galaxies; Star formation; galaxy interactions, groups and clusters; galaxy nuclei and AGN.

Topics emphasized in 5640 include: Cosmology and the high-redshift universe.

While ASTR 5630 is a core course and is taught every two years, ASTR 5640 is an elective and will be taught every four years.

A more specific list of the 20 topics we shall cover is given in the Course Outline Page.

**PREREQUISITES : **
Some astronomy, physics and math background will be assumed, comparable
to ASTR 1220/2120, MATH 1310/1320/3255/3251 and PHYS 1610/1620/2610/2620.
However, since one aim of this course is to touch on many topics, we
will not have time to develop any topic in great mathematical or
physical depth. Consequently, I am hoping that the course will be
relatively accessible (for example, keen 3rd or 4th year undergraduates
should be able to do fine).

Some homework problems require modest familiarity with a programming language (e.g. Fortran, C, IDL, Python). Mathematica, while useful for a number of things, isn't really suited to some of the problems.

** REQUIREMENTS :** There are two requirements for completing this course.

There will be a number of homework assignments throughout the semester, with appropriately specified deadlines. The home-works together will comprise 70% of the final grade.

A final exam comprises 30% of the final grade.

** HONOR CODE:**
As with all courses at UVa, all your graded work is subject to the
Honor Code. Of course, I expect you will be discussing the homework
material together, but when it comes to writing up your answers, this
is expected to be exclusively your own work.