AST 513: Stellar Dynamics

Fall 2007

All this information is subject to change!

For current version see http://www.sns.ias.edu/tremaine/lectures/ast513

Schedule

Monday, Wednesday 2:00-3:20, Library seminar room (Room 140), Peyton Hall 

A few makeup lectures will be held Fridays at 2:00 (see below)

Textbooks

for the observations:

Binney, J., and Merrifield, M. 1998, Galactic Astronomy (Princeton: Princeton University Press) 
            - errata here

for the theory:

Binney, J. and Tremaine, S. 1987,  Galactic Dynamics (Princeton: Princeton University Press) 
              
A new edition should be coming out early in 2008, which unfortunately is too late for this course. 
A pdf file (58 MB) containing a near-final copy of the new edition, is available here.
I am planning to get copies made for the registered students in the course. 

Other books on reserve

Elmegreen, D. 1998, Galaxies and Galactic Structure (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall) 
Heggie, D., and Hut, P. 2003, The Gravitational Million-Body Problem (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) 
Sparke, L., and Gallagher, J. 2000, Galaxies in the Universe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Spitzer, L. 1987, Dynamical Evolution of Globular Clusters (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

Course requirements and grading

  •   five problem sets (50% of grade)
  •   final written examination (50% of grade); held 

                                       January 7, Room 140, 2:00-5:00 pm 
                                       January 14, Room 33, 2:00-5:00 pm

Instructor

Scott Tremaine, 734-8191, tremaine@ias.edu
Schedule

Date                       Topic Reading  
Mon Sep 17  Overview of a typical galaxy BM 1  
Wed Sep 19 Astronomical measurements. 1     BM 2.1-2.3  
Mon Sep 24 Astronomical measurements. 2 BM 2.1-2.3  
Wed Sep 26 Astronomical measurements. 3 BM 3.6-3.7 powerpoint slides
Mon Oct 1 Introduction to stellar dynamics I BT 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 7.2.1  
Wed Oct 3 Introduction to stellar dynamics II   BT 3.1, 3.1.1, 4.1, Appendix F  
Mon Oct 8 Spherical stellar systems BT 4.3, 4.10.1 assignment 1 is due
Wed Oct 10 Jeans equations BT 4.8  
Mon Oct 15 Galaxy morphology BM 4.1     
Wed Oct 17 The Local Group BM 4.1.4, BT Box 3.1 powerpoint slides
Mon Oct 22 Galaxy photometry BM 42, 43 assignment 2 (figure is here) is due
Wed Oct 24 Galaxy photometry BM 4.2, 4.3  
       
  Fall recess    
       
Mon Nov 5 No lecture    
Wed Nov 7 No lecture    
Fri Nov 9 Makeup lecture Galaxy photometry BN 4.2, 4.3 powerpoint slides
Mon Nov 12 No lecture    
Wed Nov 14 Potential theory in non-spherical systems BT 2.3-2.6, 2.8, 2.9  assignment 3 is due
Fri Nov 16 Makeup lecture - Potential theory in non-spherical systems BT 2.3-2.6, 2.8, 2.9  
Mon Nov 19 Orbits in axisymmetric potentials BT 3.2  
Wed Nov 21 Orbits in non-axissymmetric potentials BT 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5.4, 3.8.1   
Mon Nov 26 Schwarzschild's method BM 9.1, 9.2   
Wed Nov 28 Rotation of the Milky Way BM 9.1, 9.2 assignment 4 is due
Fri Nov 30 Makeup lecture - Dynamics of the solar neighborhood BM 10.3, BT 4.4.3, 4.8.2, 4.9.3  powerpoint slides
Mon Dec 3 No lecture    
Wed Dec 5 Stability, disk dynamics, and spiral structure BT 5.1, 5.2, 5.31, 6.1-6.2 powerpoint slides
Fri Dec 7 Makeup lecture - Mergers and dynamical friction BT 8.1, 8.5; BM 4.6.1    
Mon Dec 10 Tides BT 8.3; BM  6.2.2  
Wed Dec 12 Globular clusters (last lecture) BT Chapter 7, BM 4.5, 6.1  
Wed Dec 19 assignment 5 is due