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Radboud universityProspectusesFaculty of Science > Bachelor Natuur- en Sterrenkunde

Galaxies 

Course ID
NWI-NB057B
Credits
3
Scheduled
fourth quarter
Teaching methods
  • 10 hrs computer course
  • 16 hrs lecture
  • 16 hrs problem session
Pre-requisites
Preferably the 'Stellar Evolution' course (2nd year, 2nd quarter)
Objectives
  • The student has insight in the different type of galaxies in the Universe
  • The student can classify galaxies in the different types along the Hubble sequence
  • The student understands the structure and dynamics of our own Milky Way Galaxy
  • The student can calculate the orbits of stars in our Galaxy using a.o. the Oort constants
  • The students understands the galaxy evolution in our Universe and the morphology of galaxy groups and clusters
Contents
Galaxies form an integral part of the Universe as we see it around us. The course will give an overview of the types of galaxies as seen in the Universe, with a particular emphasis on the structure, evolution, content and dynamics of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The course will discuss the spiral galaxies, elliptical galaxies and irregular galaxies. The structure of the Local Group is discussed, as well as the grouping of galaxies at larger distances in clusters and superclusters.
Examination
Schriftelijk tentamen (80%), programmeer opdracht (20%) plus bonuspunt voor werkcollegeopdrachten.
Literature

Necessary:

  • Sparke & Gallagher, Galaxies in the Universe. An introduction, second edition 2007, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780-5216-71866