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Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics

Credit 0.125 EFTSL
ICRAR Node University of Western Australia
Unit Code Enrol at UWA in PHYS4419 Galaxies and Galactic Dynamics
Offering Semester 1
UWA Handbook See PHYS4419 in the UWA Handbook for the most up-to-date information.
This unit will provide the student with a broad and thorough understanding of the observed properties of galaxies and the key physical processes affecting their evolution and dynamics. Key topics include (1) galactic structure and morphology; (2) distance indicators; (3) scaling relations; and (4) large scale structures and environmental effects. The content is explored with reference to a range of applications and physical contexts, including a discussion of open problems in galactic dynamics.
Learning Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss current research in the field of galaxy evolution, using the language and reasoning at the level of a junior research scientist in the field; (2) critically interpret current state-of-the-art research on the topic; (3) quantify the effect of the environment on galaxy evolution and the key time scales regulating the growth of galaxies; (4) directly analyse astronomical data in the framework of galaxy evolution; and (5) demonstrate a critical understanding of open problems in galactic dynamics.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests/quizzes; (2) written reports; and (3) paper discussion. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
  1. Galaxies: Claudia Lagos
  2. Galactic Dynamics: Kenji Bekki