MW 2:55 - 4:10pm         SSB 301

Prof. Dominik Riechers 220 Space Sci 255-3989 Office hours:Thu 11-12; MW after class; other times by appointment
Prof. Martha Haynes 530 Space Sci 255-0610 Office hours: MW 11:15-12:15; other times by appointment

Syllabus           Schedule         

Astro 3303 provides an overview of our current understanding of how galaxies have evolved over the last 13+ billion years and how their evolution has been influenced by their local intergalactic environment. We will look at the evidence that links supermassive black holes, gas accretion and merger events to galaxy evolution and tracks the star formation rate from early to current epochs. Additional topics will include the formation and distribution of clusters and groups of galaxies, the evidence for dark matter and how galaxy evolution fits into the framework of current cosmological models.

Class assignments will make use of current public databases like ALFALFA, the Virtual Astronomical Observatory and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We will also examine the possibilities for the exploration of galaxies across cosmic time with future facilities like JWST, ALMA, LSST, and CCAT.

NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:    A new track in the Astronomy Major at Cornell (the Astronomy Major with the General Astronomy Concentration) has been approved which is geared towards those interested in astronomy but not planning to attend graduate school in astronomy or astrophysics. Find the requirements for the new major on the Astro Dept undergraduate studies webpage. Astro 3303 is one of the Astronomy "core courses" associated with the new major (but of course, others are welcome to take it too!).

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Last updated on 20 Aug 2013 by mph