Astronomy quiz question: Milky Way's oldest stars

Astronomy 210 Quiz 7, spring semester 2016
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

According to the monolithic collapse model, the oldest stars in the Milky Way are located:
(A) in the halo.
(B) in the nuclear bulge.
(C) within the spiral arms.
(D) inside the central supermassive black hole.

Correct answer (highlight to unhide): (A)

According to the monolithic collapse model, the Milky Way evolved from a spherical shape to its current disk shape, leaving behind the globular clusters out in its halo. Thus globular clusters should all have the identical (old) ages (as determined from the lack of metal absorption lines, and their H-R diagram turn-off points), while the nuclear bulge and the spiral arms should be comprised of mixed-age (old and newer) stars.

Section 30674
Exam code: quiz07N4rK
(A) : 10 students
(B) : 1 student
(C) : 6 students
(D) : 0 students

"Success level": 61% (including partial credit for multiple-choice)
Discrimination index (Aubrecht & Aubrecht, 1983): 0.47

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