Astronomy 431 Spring 2012

Extragalactic Astronomy

Paul Eskridge

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Minnesota State University

Time: MW: 3:00 to 4:15 PM

Place: C-114 Trafton Science Ctr.

Required Text Book: "Galaxies in the Universe", 2nd ed., Sparke & Gallagher

My office is Room N-152 Trafton Science Ctr.
Phone: (389)-1840
Office Hours:  M: 11AM-1PM, T: 11AM-12, 3-5PM, W: 11AM-3PM, H: 11AM-12

Course Web-page:

Course Syllabus and Information

The basic format of the course will be as follows: Each week a reading or set of readings will be assigned. These may include review papers from the literature as well as sections from the text. The next week we will discuss this material in class. I expect you to have digested the readings, and to be able to critique them in class.

There will be between five and ten assignments during the semester. Unless otherwise stated, all assigments will be due one week after they are passed out.

All students will give two short oral presentations in class. You will choose the topics you wish to speak on, although I suggest that you discuss your progress with me well before your talks. Your performance will be judged - what you actually present, rather than what you would have presented given an hour.

All students will be required to do a term project. The most straightforward medium for this will be a review-style term paper. If you choose this option, your paper MUST BE between 15 and 25 pages, double-spaced. I will not accept papers longer or shorter than this. You may also elect to something different: computational analyses, theoretical work, or actual data analysis are all acceptable options. If you have an idea for a project, please come talk with me about it. The project is due by noon Monday April 30th.

There will be no exams.

At the end of the semester, we will set up times to discuss the course on an individual basis. Essentially, I will be asking you what grade you should get in the class. If our ideas on that differ we can discuss the matter. I am quite serious about this -- I will not assign you a grade until after you meet with me.

Make-up Policy: If you know about a conflict in advance LET ME KNOW IN ADVANCE TOO!!!!. If something comes up, come talk to me about it.

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Revised: 2012 January 5