Professor Eric M. Wilcots
6211 Chamberlin Hall


Time: 1:00-2:15 TR 6515 Sterling
Office Hours: 2:30-3:30 TR or by appointment

Final Exam: Friday, December 19 2:45 pm (location TBD)
Midterm Exam: Thursday, October 23 (in class)
Required Text: Linda S. Sparke & John S. Gallagher, Galaxies in the Universe, Cambridge University Press 2007

Optional & Supplementary Readings: We'll be using a number of different sources throughout the
semester.  The primary professional (peer-reviewed) journals are:  The Astrophysical Journal, The Astronomical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  You'll also find scientific papers in the journals Science and Nature.  I'll be assigning papers from these journals throughout the semester, and you
will be reading and commenting on specific articles in your homework assignments.  There are a number of texts that will  also be on reserve in the Astronomy Library (Woodman Library located next to our classroom).  These are:
Binney and Merrifield's "Galactic Astronomy", Binney and Tremaine's "Galactic Dynamics", Pagel's "Nucleosynthesis and Chemical Evolution in Galaxies", and Krolik's "Active Galactic Nuclei". 

Grading:     Homework - 30%
                    Midterm Exam - 20%
                    Final Exam -  30%
                    Project - 20%

Homeworks: Homeworks will mostly be problem sets, with a few other brain teasers thrown
in for good measure.  They will be handed out on Tuesdays and due the Thursday of the following
week.  I am planning on handing out homework every other Tuesday beginning the second week
of class.  You are encouraged to work together on the homework, but what you turn in must represent
you own work.

Exams: The exams will look somewhat like the homework, but with a few more qualitative questions
in the mix.

Project: There will be a large project due at the end of the semester.  I'm still working on the details, but I should have it all figured out by the second week of classes. 
NASA Extragalactic Database (NED)
Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstract Server
Various Sky Surveys
UV-Optical Spectra of Galaxies
Multimission Archive at Space Telescope
Sloan Digital Sky Survey
NRAO Surveys