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:
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Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology by Peter Schneider (Springer) (PS)
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 at a level suitable for graduate and senior undergraduate astronomy students.
Topics emphasized in 5630 include: morphological, photometric and dynamical properties of normal galaxies; galaxy gas content, metallicities and populations.
Topics emphasized in 5640 include: Star formation; galaxy interactions, groups and clusters; galaxy nuclei and AGN; Cosmology and galaxy formation.
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). 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.