8.901 Astrophysics I

Class Info

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups and clusters; dark matter. Intergalactic medium; x-ray clusters. Active galactic nuclei: unified models, black hole accretion, radio and optical jets, etc. Homogeneity and isotropy, redshift, galaxy distance ladder. Newtonian cosmology. Roberston-Walker models and cosmography. Early universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, recombination. Cosmic microwave background radiation. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation.

This class has no prerequisites.

8.901 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by M. Vogelsberger.

Lecture occurs 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 26-328.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Astrophysics I site or on the 8.901 Stellar site.

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