PHYS 8803 W (Fall 2015)

In this class, we will learn about the relevant physics that govern that cosmological processes and galaxy formation and evolution.  We will focus on cosmology for the first third of the semester, and galaxy formation and evolution for the remainder of the term.  We will apply physics ideas from the four major disciplines (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electromagnetism) to describe observed behavior in galaxies and their cosmological setting.

Sample of topics covered:
  1. Cosmology – Inflation, Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, Primordial Perturbations
  2. Structure Formation – Gravitational Collapse, Large-scale clustering, Gas dynamics and radiative cooling
  3. Galaxy Formation – Disk galaxies, Galaxy mergers, Elliptical galaxies, Active galaxies

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