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ABSTRACT. This brief review is intended to provide students with an introduction to the concepts and terminology associated with galaxy luminosity functions, particularly as used in the discussion of clusters of galaxies. Several of the lecturers refer in passing to L, the RORF, and other simple concepts which may be unfamiliar to beginning graduate students. The purpose of this lecture is to clarify the idea of a luminosity function, and describe some commonly used forms for the optical, radio, and infrared luminosity functions of galaxies.
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