Syllabus. Regular office hour is Thu 1 PM.

**Lecture materials:**

Lecture 1 slides: galaxy phenomenology

Slides on results from CDM simulations (including NFW), galaxy formation modeling techniques

Lecture notes on N-body methods, including orbit integration and computational hydrodynamics

Slides on dark matter cusp-core problem

Slides on mass-velocity anisotropy degeneracy

Slides on disk/spiral structure phenomenology

Slides on Toomre instability, swing amplification, dynamical friction, galaxy mergers, and AGN

Peter Young’s notes on leapfrog and other symplectic algorithms

An interactive Barnes-Hut tree

Paper on energy-conserving adaptive gravitational softening: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007MNRAS.374.1347P

Paper on softening as a smoothing operation: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012MNRAS.425.1104B

GADGET-2 (TreePM) code paper (including section 5 on parallelization strategies): http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005MNRAS.364.1105S

Code paper for the moving-mesh hydro code Arepo: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010MNRAS.401..791S

GIZMO code paper, describing new Godunov-based meshless methods (also contains a useful summary of other hydro algorithms): http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014arXiv1409.7395H

Our treatment of the Boltzmann and Jeans equations will closely follow Paul Schechter’s lecture notes, available at http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-902-astrophysics-ii-fall-2004/lecture-notes

**Problem sets:**

Problem set 1, due Jan. 17.

Problem set 2, due Jan. 31.

Problem set 3, due Feb. 14.

Problem set 4, due Feb. 23.

Problem set 5, due Mar. 2.

**Final**

Download here. You have 48 hours to complete the final from the time you start it. Due by end of day on Wednesday, March 8 (send solutions as soon as you are done).