Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (PHY4103.01)

Hugh Crowl

Galaxies are massive collections of stars, gas, dust, and dark matter. They are both the birthplace of stars and planets and the signposts of the universe. By studying what happens inside galaxies, we are able to understand the conditions under which stars form. By studying the galaxies themselves, we can understand how the environment shapes their structure and makeup. By studying the distribution of galaxies, we gain insight into the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. In this class, we will undertake a detailed, quantitative study of galaxies, with particular attention to the environment in which galaxies form and evolve and their place in the universe as a whole.

Learning Outcomes:
An understanding of how astronomers use observations to determine the physical properties of the universe.
An understanding how galaxies form and evolve.
A broad understanding of how cosmological principles shape the evolution of the universe as a whole.
An ability to use computer tools and basic programming to analyze astrophysical data.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Physics I and an introductory astronomy class, or permission of the instructor. Email Hugh (hcrowl@bennington.edu) after the start of 4000-level registration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Physics