Astr 511: Galactic Astronomy

Tuesday 1:40 – 3:00 pm, Thursday 1:40 – 3:00pm, PAB B356A

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Lecture Notes

“I must confess that the lectures of these men netted me no perceptible gain. It was obvious that Helmholtz never prepared his lectures properly... Kirchhoff was the very opposite... but it would sound like a memorized text, dry and monotonous.” —Max Planck (Scientific Autobiography and other Papers, p. 15, Williams & Nolgate, London, 1950).

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  • Lecture 1: Review of stellar astrophysics.
  • Lecture 2: Open and globular clusters and simple stellar populations.
  • Lecture 3: Review of galaxy properties and galaxies in SDSS.
  • Lecture 4: Luminosity and mass functions.
  • Lecture 5: Basic Properties of the Milky Way.
  • Lecture 6: Stellar count distribution in the Milky Way.
  • Lecture 7: Stellar metallicity distribution in the Milky Way.
  • Lecture 8: Stellar kinematics in the Milky Way; Parts I and II.
  • Lecture 9: Evidence for dark matter in the Milky Way.
  • Lecture 10: The Milky Way, LSST and Gaia.

Term (Seminar) Projects

Project 1 (due Jan 29)

Project 2 (due Feb 17)

Project 3

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