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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.OVERVIEW OF STELLAR POPULATION SYNTHESIS
2.1.The Simple Stellar Population
2.2.Dust
2.3.Composite Stellar Populations
2.4.Nebular Emission
2.5.Fitting Models to Data

3.MASS-TO-LIGHT RATIOS & STELLAR MASSES
3.1.Techniques & Uncertainties
3.2.Uncertainties in M / L due to Stellar Evolution Uncertainties
3.3.Stellar Masses at High Redshift
3.4.Summary

4.STAR FORMATION RATES, HISTORIES, & STELLAR AGES
4.1.Measuring SFRs
4.2.Light-Weighted Mean Ages
4.3.Which Model SFHs to Use?
4.4.Non-Parametric Star Formation Histories
4.5.Low-Level Star Formation
4.6.Summary

5.STELLAR METALLICITIES & ABUNDANCE PATTERNS
5.1.The Age-Metallicity Degeneracy
5.2.Photometric Metallicities
5.3.Spectroscopic Metallicities
5.4.Abundance Patterns
5.5.The Low-Metallicity Tail
5.6.Summary

6.DUST
6.1.Total Dust Attenuation
6.2.Constraints on the Attenuation Curve
6.3.Physical Dust Properties
6.4.Cosmic Evolution of IR SEDs
6.5.Summary

7.THE INITIAL MASS FUNCTION
7.1.Summary

CONCLUDING REMARKS

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