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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Astronomy


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Astronomy
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for ASTRO

Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Astronomy.


ASTRO 401. Solar System Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles R Cowley (cowley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Phys. 140 and Math. 116, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys. 240. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

30% of the course will be based on independent reading of William K. Hartman's Moons and Planets (second edition). The remaining 70% of the course will be based on material presented in the lectures. This is divided into three parts. Part I deals with the mechanics of the solar system, and covers topics such as the two-body problem, N-body relations, the virial theorem, potential about an oblate spheroid, equations of rigid-body motion, etc. Part II treats geochemistry and cosmochemistry with special reference to the solar system. Included topics are fundamental principles of thermodynamics and chemical reactions, meteorites, geochemical classification of the elements, models of the solar nebula, condensation sequences from the solar nebula and the composition of planets. Part III deals with planetary structure, and emphasizes comparative planetology of the moon and terrestrial planets. Weekly problem sets are assigned, some of which require running programs on the Astronomy LAN or PCs. While students are not required to write their own programs, a knowledge of one or more high-level languages (FORTRAN, C, Pascal) will be useful. The level of difficulty will be similar to that of junior and senior courses in physics and chemistry.

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ASTRO 404. Galaxies and the Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mario L Mateo (mmateo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Math. 216, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Phys. 340. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course focuses on the content of the universe on size scales larger than individual stars. We will study the mechanics of stellar orbits and the structure of galaxies, the evidence for dark matter in our galaxy and others, the interstellar gas in galaxies, the morphology of galaxies, and evolution of stellar populations.

On scales larger than individual galaxies, we will study the structure and dynamics of clusters of galaxies and larger scale structure. On even larger scales, we will look at the evolution of the universe as a whole, the cosmic microwave background radiation and inferences from its smoothness, and the formation of galaxies and structure on larger scales. This class is designed for science concentrators interested in a fairly serious introduction to the subject, and for upper-level Astronomy concentrators.

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ASTRO 534. The Extragalactic Universe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary M Bernstein (garyb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an overview of the study of the physical universe as a whole and in terms of its component structures (galaxies and larger structures). It focuses particularly on the universe in the matter dominated epoch, and places emphasis on the dark matter component of the universe. Topics will include the structure and dynamics of the matter dominated universe, classical tests of the model, the early universe and the microwave epoch, probes of dark matter, estimation of cosmological parameters, gravitational lensing, clustering and large scale structure and formation and evolution of structure.

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ASTRO 535. Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joel N Bregman (jbregman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.astro.lsa.umich.edu/users/jbregman/Ast535.html

In this course, we will discuss atomic and molecular processes, along with interactions of radiation and matter and the latest pertinent observations, will be applied toward understanding the physical, ionization, thermal, chemical, emission, and absorption properties of the interstellar medium. Attention will be given to fill regions, planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, cool neutral gas, molecular clouds, hot or X-ray-emitting gas, and particulate "dust" grains. In addition, the global and evolutionary properties of gas and dust in our Galaxy will be carefully examined.

Text: Diffuse Matter in the Universe.

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ASTRO 690. Theoretical Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4).

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ASTRO 691. Observational Astrophysics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-4).

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ASTRO 699. Special Problems.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ASTRO 901. Research in Theoretical Astrophysics.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ASTRO 902. Research in Observational Astrophysics.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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ASTRO 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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ASTRO 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate Standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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