Physics 240, "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology"
This material can be found online at URL
Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
for the course are now available.
Introduction, some background, and units.
You might want to make a copy of
the equations we'll use in this course.
- Astronomy in the News and
The Milky Way (a review of sorts)
Other views of the Milky Way and other galaxies.
The Local Group: who are the galaxies in your neighborhood?
Groups and Clusters of Galaxies
Here Be Monsters:
Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and quasars
Black Holes at the centers of galaxies
- Gamma Ray Bursts: The Past
- Gamma Ray Bursts:
The Present and Future
Midterm occurs on Tuesday, Jan 9
- Astronomy in the News
- Theory of
- What have
we learned from Gravitational Lenses?
The Cosmological Distance Ladder
Step I: The Size of the Earth and Solar System
- Step II:
The distances to nearby stars via parallax
- Step III: Using the
Step IV: Cepheids and the distance to the LMC
- Step V: Using Cepheids
to measure distances to nearby galaxies
- Step VI: Estimating
distances to distant galaxies
Relics from the past
- The distance/velocity
The Chemical Composition of Stars and the Universe
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Models of the Universe
- The Big Bang Model
What are the proper parameters?
- The future of the Universe
- The Sloan Digital Sky Survey
- Astronomy in the News
Suggested problems to review for the final
Final occurs Friday, Feb 23, 9:15 - 11:15 AM, 08-2300
Stellar motions near the center of the Milky Way
The Andromeda Galaxy
If you use the WWW form interface to SkyView instead of the
Java interface, watch out for tricky
false color images
in astronomy ...
Because of bad weather, some people were unable to
do the "Radius of the Earth" assignment.
Therefore, I've created a backup for it.
You must turn in one of the two following assignments --
either is acceptable.
You are free to turn in both, of course!
Measure the distance to downtown Rochester
There are two textbooks for this class.
some of the material you need to read is taken from a small
set of popular science magazines:
Scientific American, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, New Scientist.
You can find all these in the RIT Library.
I have collected articles from recent issues of these journals
and placed them on electronic reserve.
In order to access them, you need to know the
login name and password for the course.
You can find
a list of reading materials
and instructions for accessing them on the
Reading Materials page.
This page maintained by Michael Richmond.
Last modified Feb 20, 2001.