ASTR 703 – Galactic Astronomy – Spring 2017
Instructor: Dr. D.J. Pisano
Contact details: DJPisano at mail dot wvu dot edu, 304-293-4886
Class times: M/W 1530-1645 in G06 White Hall
Office hours: I am available anytime my door is open in G65 White Hall (typically from 10am-6pm) or by appointment.
- I will be in Australia from Jan. 4-17. Instead of making up the first two classes, I will assign you readings and worksheets to do plus some homework based on these assignments. All class materials are available on this webpage.
- Review these homework tips to avoid losing points unnecessarily on assignments.
- Homework #1 , due Jan. 18, 2017, in class
- Homework #2 , due Feb. 6, 2017, in class
- Homework #3 , due Feb. 20, in class.
- Lecture notes for the first week of class (to be reviewed by Jan. 18)
- Lecture notes for Lecture #6 (on the Milky Way)
This schedule is subject to change at the whim of the professor.
Jan. 9, 11: Course Overview and Galaxy Classification (SG 1.3, BM 4.1). The distance ladder, magnitudes, colors, stellar properties (SG 1,2,4,5,8; BM 2,3,5,7; BT 1)
Jan 16: MLK Day, University holiday
Jan. 18, 23: Luminosity Functions, Mass Functions, Malmquist Bias
Jan. 25, 30: The Milky Way: properties, morphology, composition, kinematics
Feb. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15: Asymmetric drift, Two-body relaxation, Weak encounters, Virial Theorem, Collisional Boltzmann Equation
Feb. 20, 22, 27: Structure and kinematics of spiral galaxies (end of midterm topics)
Mar. 6, 8: Spring Break
Mar. 1, 13, 15: Structure and kinematics of elliptical galaxies
Mar. 17: Midterm Exam due
Mar. 20, 22, 27: Galaxy interactions, Active Galactic Nuclei, and Large Scale Structure
Mar. 29, Apr. 3: The interstellar medium in different galaxies
Apr. 5, 10, 12: Measuring the star formation rate and history in galaxies
Apr. 17, 19, 24, 26: Observing distant galaxies, the theory and observations of galaxy formation and evolution
Wednesday, May 3: Final Exam due at 1:00 pm
Disclaimer: I reserve the right to change any parts of the syllabus/class schedule at any time during the semester. Any changes will be announced in class and on the course website.