ASTR 211
Astronomical Observing and Data Analysis Fall 2017 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
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This course will introduce techniques for obtaining and analyzing astronomical data. We begin by learning about practical observation planning and move on to discussion of CCD detectors, signal statistics, digital data reduction, and image processing. We will make use of data we obtain with our 24-inch telescope, as well as data from other optical ground-based observatories and archives. We then go on to learn about non-optical observatories, both space-based (e.g., Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope) and ground-based (e.g., Atacama Large Millimeter Array), and work with some of their data.
The Class: Type: tutorial, plus a 1-hour weekly group meeting, computer lab work and observing
Limit: 10
Expected: 8
Class#: 1236
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on tutorial presentations and weekly problem sets, an hour exam and observing projects
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: MATH 150 or 151; prior experience with Unix is helpful, but not required
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;

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