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Spring 2015-2016
AST 513   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Dynamics of Stellar and Planetary Systems

Jeremy J. Goodman

Galactic structure, morphology and dynamics. Equilibrium and stability of stellar systems. The gravitational N-body problem, relaxation, dynamical friction, and the Fokker-Planck equation. Encounters and mergers of stellar systems. Spiral structure. Elements of planetary dynamics and celestial mechanics.

Sample reading list:
Binney & Merrifield, Galactic Astronomy
Binney & Tremaine, Galactic Dynamics
Murray & Dermott, Solar System Dynamics

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41598 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Peyton Hall   140   Enrolled:10 Limit:20