Physics 443, "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology", Spring 2011
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Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
The schedule below may shift a bit as the quarter progresses...
- Week 1, Day A:
Introduction, astronomical jargon, coordinates, magnitudes
- Week 1, Day B:
Physics, computational and graphing tools, sources of information
- Week 2, Day A:
Ordinary galaxies: taxonomy, demographics, selection effects
- Week 2, Day B:
Spirals and ellipticals
- Week 3, Day A:
The masses of galaxies: Tully-Fisher and friends
You must be ready to lead discussion for one of the following papers:
- Tully and Fisher, A&A 54, 661 (1977)
- Faber and Jackson, ApJ 204, 668 (1976)
- Week 3, Day B:
Top Ten Signs that you have found an AGN.
Reading Schneider Chap 5, pp 180ish - 212ish.
Also, today is
First All-Sky CMB map from Planck day!
- Week 4, Day A:
Quasars: their history and uses
- Week 4, Day B:
AGN paper day
Each student must choose a paper with some connection to AGN
and prepare to discuss it in class for 5-10 minutes.
Click on the link to sign up.
- Week 5, Day A:
Evidence for dark matter within galaxies
- Week 5, Day B:
Who are the galaxies in your neighborhood?
- Week 6, Day A:
Galaxy clusters, near and far
- Week 6, Day B:
What can we learn from clusters of galaxies?
The Extragalactic Distance Ladder
- Week 7, Day A:
The AU, parallax, and other geometric methods
- Week 7, Day B:
The distance to the LMC
- Week 8, Day A:
Secondary distance indicators
Case study: the Leo Group
(not yet written)
- Week 8, Day B:
Measuring distances at the limits
- Week 9, Day A:
The (local) expanding universe
- Week 9, Day B:
Expansion as viewed by Newton
- Week 10, Day A:
Two classic tests of cosmology
- Week 10, Day B:
Adding a little lambda to the recipe
Homework 1: Jargon, stars, and tools
due Thursday, March 14 4 PM.
Homework 2: Quantitative measures of galaxies
due Thursday, March 21 4 PM.
Homework 3: AGN and quasars
due Thursday, March 28, at 4 PM.
Homework 4: More on quasars and AGN
due Thursday, April 4, at 4 PM.
Homework 5: Dark matter and the Local Group
due Thursday, April 18, at 4 PM.
Homework 6: The Distance Ladder, part I
due Thursday, May 2, at 4 PM.
Homework 7: Observational cosmology
due Thursday, May 16, at 4 PM.
Extra Credit Projects
Each student may earn extra credit (enough to make up
for a missed homework or several missed classes)
by turning in one of these projects.
- The distance to M31
- The redshift record
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Last modified Mar 6, 2013.