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Unsolved Problems in Galaxy Evolution
In this tutorial, we will learn about galaxies and their evolution by focusing on some of the key mysteries astronomers are trying to solve. Questions may include: How do galaxies turn their gas supply into stars? Is there a universal initial mass function for star formation? What is the origin of multiple stellar populations in globular clusters? Why do some galaxies cease star formation? Which galaxies reionized the universe? We will discuss the nature of each unsolved problem, debate the theories proposed to answer it, and consider how future progress might be made.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
student's papers, responses to the partner's papers, and problem sets
ASTR 111 and PHYS 142 or 151 or permission of instructor
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: