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Astro 358 (Unique 48740)/ Spring 2014

Galaxies and the Universe


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Hours:
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Phone:
Email:
Prof. Shardha Jogee
Th 11.00 to 12.00 or by appointment
RLM 16.224
(512) 471-1395
sj@astro.as.utexas.edu
Benny Tsang
Wed 11-12 or by appointment
RLM 16.318
(512)-471-3466
bthtsang@astro.as.utexas.edu
  • Course Calendar The course outline/calendar provides an approximate sequencing of topics to be covered in class. The online calendar will be regularly updated, as needed. Note that as outlined in the Memo to Undergraduate Astronomy Students regarding Astronomy Courses , the professor is a professional astronomer who has research responsibilities and may be occasionally on travel in order to conduct research, present colloquia, and attend scientific meetings. In such cases, there may be a schedule change and an appropriate replacement lecture or other assignment will be scheduled.
  • Course Grade Your grades will be posted online on Blackboard I strongly recommend that you attend classes as assignments are primarily based on the lectures and your in-class participation count directly toward your final grade. The final grade will consist of
      45% Homeworks
      20% Midterm exam
      20% End-of-term exam
      15% In-class attendance, participation and activities (e.g., quizzes)
    When converting your final numerical scores to letter grades, I will use the scheme below or one that is slightly more lenient.
    Letter Grade
    A
    A-
    B+
    B
    B-
    C+
    C
    C-
    D+
    D
    D-
    F
    Grade Points
    4.00
    3.67
    3.33
    3.00
    2.67
    2.33
    2.00
    1.67
    1.33
    1.00
    0.67
    0.00
    Numerical Score
    91% to 100%
    86% to 90%
    81% to 85%
    76% to 80%
    71% to 75%
    66% to 70%
    61% to 65%
    56% to 60%
    51% to 55%
    46% to 50%
    41% to 45%
    0% to 40%

Selected Material from Lectures/Assignments
    It is important that you attend lectures as the main notes, explanations, and demos will be covered only in class where in-class activities will count toward the final grade. The material below only includes a small fraction of the lectures, such as figures and plots.

  • Due to past delays by the UT co-op and Springer in getting the primary course textbook "Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology" (EAC) by Peter Schneider (Publisher: Spinger, copyright 2006) on time, we are providing the scanned versions of first few chapters:
  • Assignment 5: Talks by Student Teams
    In this assignment you will work in teams and each team will give a presentation to the class on "Probing Galaxy Evolultion With Cutting-Edge New and Next-Generation Facilities", such as the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Extended Very Large Array (EVLA), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope (CCAT). This should be a lot of fun for everyone and give you a chance to think about the frontiers in galaxy evolution and the exciting discoveries that might await us in the next decade!
    • Assignment 5: This file decribes the talk topics, team assignment, materials due, and schedule of talks.
    • The Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 decadal survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons": This booklet summarizes the scientific program recommended in the astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, New Worlds, New Horizons, which has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the Universe in the coming decade. It also presents associated recommendations for new space-based and ground-based facilities needed to maintain and strengthen America's role in the field of astronomy.

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