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AST 381C/PHY 394U/GEO 391 Syllabus
|Course Title:||"Astrophysical Gravitational Dynamics"|
|Course Description:||Orbital, collective, and tidal effects of astronomical objects, such as stars, galaxies, planets and the interstellar medium, under the influence of a gravitational field. Topics will include stellar and galactic dynamics, elements of cosmological structure formation, and a very brief introduction to general relativity.|
|Textbooks:||Binney, J. & Tremaine, S. Galactic Dynamics: (2nd Edition) (Princeton University Press) ISBN: 9780691130279|
(1) Problem sets will be assigned.
(2) One end-of-semester student lecture on a topic selected in consultation with the professor, with lecture notes handed in.
|Grading:||Course grade will be based upon the problem sets and student talk/lecture notes.|
|Prerequisites:||Suitable for all beginning or advanced graduate students in astronomy or physics.|