Tuesday Jan 18:
Reading:
Pages 1-37 of Galactic Dynamics by Binney & Tremaine for some background and context on studying the Milky Way galaxy.

Thursday Jan 20:
Reading:
First half of Chapter 2 of Galaxies in the Universe by Sparke and Gallagher (pages 58-85).
(Supplementary) Pages 102 - 115 of Galactic Astronomy by Binney and Merrifield and Pages 327 - 361 of Binney and Merrifield.

Tuesday Jan 25:
Reading:
The Milky Way Tomography with SDSS. I. Stellar Number Density Distribution - Juric et al. 2008, ApJ, 673, 864

Thursday Jan 27:
Reading:
The Accretion Origin of the Milky Way's Stellar Halo, by Bell et al., 2008 ApJ, 680, 295
Solving Mysteries about the birth and growth of our galaxy -Astronomy magazine article about mapping the distribution of metals in the Milky Way (May 29, 2008)

Thursday Feb 3:
Project Set 1 due Thursday Feb 3. Please type as much of your work as possible.

Tuesday Feb 8:
Reading: Galactic Astronomy, pages 306-308 (Closed box model of Chemical Evolution)
Supplementary reading: A Comparison of Elemental Abundance Ratios in Globular Clusters, Field Stars, and Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies. We will discuss a figure from this paper in class. You may like to puruse the paper's introduction and summary before class.

Thursday Feb 10:
Reading: Chapter 3 from Sparke and Gallagher, through the end of Section 3.1 (pg. 124).

Project Set 2 due Thursday Feb 17. Please type as much of your work as is reasonable.

Tuesday Feb 15:
Reading: Same as last Thursday - Chapter 3 from Sparke and Gallagher, through the end of Section 3.1 (pg. 124).

Thursday Feb 17 and Tuesday Feb 22:
Reading: Sparke and Gallagher, Section 3.2; Section 4.1.4

Thursday Feb 24:
Reading: Sections 2 and 3 of Bahcall and Tremaine (1981)

Tuesday March 1 and Thursday March 3:
Reading: Two papers by Ghez et al. about the Milky Way's black hole. Ghez et al (1998) and Ghez et al (2008).

Project Set 3 due Tuesday March 15.


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