The lecture notes were taken in the Fall of 2001 by Jeremy Schnittman, who as a student in the subject, agreed to take notes and to format them using LaTeX. He used Professor Paul Schechter’s handwritten notes in producing them. The figures were produced by Caitlin Millard during June-August 2004. Used with permission. As of the date of publication, only lecture notes for sessions 1 through 11 were available.

SES # | TOPICS | LECTURE NOTES |
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L1 | Introduction: What is a Galaxy? | (PDF) |

L2 | How Do You Build a Galaxy? | (PDF) |

L3 | How are Galaxies Described? | (PDF) |

L4 | Gravitational Potentials: General Results | (PDF) |

L5 | Interesting and Special Cases | (PDF) |

L6 | Orbits in Spherical Potentials and Integrals | (PDF) |

L7 |
Orbits in Axisymmetric Potentials
Epicyclic Approximation |
(PDF) |

L8 |
Equilibria of Stellar Systems
Boltzmann Equation |
(PDF)
(PDF) |

L9 | Jeans’ Equations in Spherical Coordinates | (PDF) |

L10 |
Jeans’ Equations Applied
Jeans’ Theorem |
(PDF) |

L11 | Stability: Jeans Mass and Spiral Structure | (PDF) |

L12 | Gravitational Mirages (aka lenses) via Fermat’s Principle | |

L13 | Applied Gravitational Lensing | |

L14 | Weak Lensing | |

L15 | Clusters of Galaxies | |

L16 | Physics in Clusters of Galaxies | |

L17 | The Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect | |

L18 | Cosmology: Recent History and a Serviceable Newtonian Model | |

L19 | The Spherical Model | |

L20 | Recombination | |

L21 | From Fields to Objects: The Press-Schecter Recipe | |

L22 | Adding GR to Cosmology | |

L23 | Distances in Cosmology | |

L24 | Cosmological Parameters | |

L25 | Growing Modes in Expanding Universes: Jeans Redux | |

L26 | Growing Modes: Radiation Dominated and Non-baryonic Universes | |

L27 | Statistical Measures of Cosmic Structure | |

L28 | The Cosmic Microwave Background and its Fluctuations | |

L29 | Cosmological Helium Production | |

L30 | Details of Helium Production | |

L31 | Absorbers along Quasar Lines of Sight | |

L32 | Active Galactic Nuclei | |

L33 | The Black Hole Paradigm for AGN | |

L34 | Accretion Disks | |

L35 | Superluminality and Jets | |

L36 | Extragalactic Sky Brightness: Present and Past Superposed | |

L37 | Bonus Lecture #1 | |

L38 | Bonus Lecture #2 |