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:

Course Overview: 

16 lectures.
Areas: Astro
Prequel/pre-requisite: Kinetic Theory (MT)
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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.