# Galactic and Planetary Dynamics - Material for the year 2019-2020

2019-2020

External Lecturer(s):

Prof. John Magorrian

Course Term:

Hilary

Course Weight:

1.00 unit(s)

### Assessment type:

- Mini-project or no formal assessment; homework completion

Course Overview:

16 lectures.

Areas: Astro

Prequel/pre-requisite: Kinetic Theory (MT)

Please submit your homework here via the 'assignments' tab.

Visiting and Short Option Students Only: Please e-mail your work to your TA/Tutor by the required deadline, copying in mmathphys@maths.ox.ac.uk

Course Synopsis:

Review of Hamiltonian mechanics. Orbit integration. Classification of orbits and integrability. Construction of angle-action variables. Hamiltonian perturbation theory. Simple examples of its application to the evolution of planetary and stellar orbits. Methods for constructing equilibrium galaxy models. Applications. Fundamentals of N-body simulation. Dynamical evolution of isolated galaxies. Interactions with companions.