Regular, on time
attendance is expected; habitual absences
typically correlate quite strongly with poor
academic outcomes. However, if you have an
occasional need to miss a class, that's fine
and there is no need to inform me ahead of
time unless it is an extended situation
(illness, travel, etc).
Homeworks can be discussed collaboratively,
but each person must turn in their own
solutions with unique writeup/analysis.
Collaborative means talking with each other
about approaches, techniques, etc.
Collaborative does not mean sitting
side-by-side working out the answers, or
swapping final solutions to copy!
Homework should be submitted in the form of a
pdf file, uploaded to the course Canvas page.
Assignments are due at 5:00pm on the due date
unless otherwise noted.
Late HW policy: You get one free late homework
(up to one week late), no
questions asked. After that, it's a penalty of
20% for every day late, unless you have an
prearranged, excused reason.
Missed test policy: Don't miss tests.
If you are ill or have some other critical
reason for missing a test, you must let me
know in advance of the test, and
document the reason through Undergrad Studies.
After taking this course,
students should be able to:
Describe the structure and
kinematics of the Milky Way galaxy.
Understand techniques for
determining distances both within our Galaxy and
to other galaxies.
Characterize the properties of
galaxies of different morphological type.
Describe how galaxies cluster in
Understand the kinematic scaling
relationships for galaxies of different types.
Explain how galaxy interactions
drive evolution in galaxies and clusters.
Describe the various cosmological
parameters and their effect on the expansion
history of the Universe.
Derive quantitative relationships
for the expansion history of the universe.
Describe qualitatively the
evolution of the hot big bang model.
Describe the growth of structure
and the evolution of galaxies as a function of
Describe current galaxy formation
Retrieve and use online datasets
to study our Galaxy and other galaxies.
Write quantitative computational
tools to analyse astronomical datasets.
accordance with federal law, if you have a
documented disability, you may be eligible to
request accommodations from Disability Resources.In order
to be considered for accommodations, you must
first register with the Disability Resources
contact their office to register at 216.368.5230 or
information on how to begin the process.Please
keep in mind that accommodations are not
at Case Western Reserve University are expected to
uphold the highest ethical standards of academic
conduct. Academic integrity addresses all forms of
academic dishonesty, including cheating,
plagiarism, misrepresentation, obstruction, and
submitting without permission work to one course
that was completed for another course.
Please review the complete academic
integrity policy. Any violation of the
policy will be reported to the Dean of
Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Student
Conduct & Community Standards.