Course: ASTR 301. The Dynamical Universe (3)
Preparatory: MATH 150B; PHYS 220A or PHYS 225; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Applications of Newtonian and relativistic dynamics to astrophysical systems. Planetary and satellite motion, planetary rings, binary and multiple star systems, clusters of stars, dynamics of spiral and elliptical galaxies, missing mass of galaxy clusters, relativistic orbits (Mercury and the binary pulsar), black holes and the dynamical fate of the universe.