ASTR 3830

Astrophysics 2


These notes are from a prior version of the course. I will not be following these in detail, but they may still be useful.

Lecture 1: Overview
Lecture 2: Gamma ray bursts: observations
Lecture 3: Gamma ray bursts: models
Lecture 4: Milky Way - basic structure
Lecture 5: Milky Way - the IMF
Lecture 6: Milky Way - Salpeter IMF
Lecture 7: Milky Way - dark matter in the halo
Lecture 8: Milky Way - gravitational lensing regimes
Lecture 9: Milky Way - lensing results
Lecture 10: Normal galaxies - classification
Lecture 11: Normal galaxies - surface brightness
Lecture 12: Normal galaxies - luminosity function
Lecture 13: Normal galaxies - stellar dynamics 1
Lecture 14: Normal galaxies - stellar dynamics 2
Lecture 15: Normal galaxies - photometry
Lecture 16: Normal galaxies - rotation curves
Lecture 17: Normal galaxies - Tully-Fisher relation
Lecture 18: Normal galaxies - spiral arms
Lecture 19: Normal galaxies - orbits in ellipticals
Lecture 20: Normal galaxies - chemical evolution
Lecture 21: Normal galaxies - dynamical friction
Lecture 22: Active galaxies - introduction
Lecture 23: Active galaxies - evidence for supermassive black holes
Lecture 24: Active galaxies - recap of black hole properties
Lecture 25: Active galaxies - Eddington limit
Lecture 26: Active galaxies - gas disks / origin of UV radiation
Lecture 27: Active galaxies - the Unified Model
Lecture 28: Active galaxies - iron lines and black hole spin
Lecture 29: Active galaxies - superluminal motion
Lecture 30: Galaxy clusters
Lecture 31: Galaxy clusters - gas and X-ray observations
Lecture 32: Cosmology - basic ideas
Lecture 33: Cosmology - Friedmann model
Lecture 34: Cosmology - matter dominated universes
Lecture 35: Cosmology - evidence for a cosmological constant
Lecture 36: Cosmology - nucleosynthesis
Lecture 37: Cosmology - structure formation
Lecture 38: Cosmology - microwave background
Lecture 39: Cosmology - microwave background 2
Lecture 40: Cosmology - some unsolved problems...


The aim of this course, in brief, is to provide a broad introduction to extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. Topics will include the Milky Way and normal galaxies, supermassive black holes, active galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and cosmology and the origin of structure in the Universe.

Lectures will be at 11:00am Tuesday and Thursday in room DUANE G131. My office is A909 (in the JILA tower) - feel free to stop by anytime with queries / problems / suggestions. Policies and further info about the course are set out in the course syllabus (pdf format). Problem sets will be posted here.

MIDTERM: Thursday March 8th in class

FINAL: Wednesday May 9th at 4:30pm


Problem set #1 (due Thursday February 1st in class)

Problem set #2 (due Thursday February 22nd in class - not Tuesday as stated)


Philip Armitage
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO80309-0440
Tel: 303-492-7836; FAX: 303-492-5235