Summary: ASTR 3830: Astrophysics 2 Galactic and Extragalactic
TIME & PLACE: MWF 10:00 10:50 am, Duane G131
INSTRUCTOR: Phil Armitage
OFFICE: JILA tower A909, phone 303 - 492 7836. My mailbox is on the second
floor of the tower, at the JILA reception.
AIMS OF THE COURSE: This course follows on from ASTR 3730 to form a
year-long introduction to astrophysics. The aim is to show how mostly
elementary physical principles can be applied to work out what's going on in a
diverse range of astronomical objects, which this semester will include galaxies,
supermassive black holes, and the Universe as a whole. After a couple of classes
of overview we will cover:
1. The Milky Way galaxy including the different components of our own
galaxy and discussion of how stars interact with each other.
2. `Normal' galaxies the classification and properties of spiral, elliptical
and irregular galaxies.
3. Active galaxies the properties of galaxies where the emission from
ordinary stars is overwhelmed by emission from gas falling in to a
supermassive black hole in the nucleus.