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COURSE NUMBER: ASTR 300
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Astronomical Methods
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Brian Martin
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 1 - hrs lab 3)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This course is intended as an introduction to astronomical methods of data acquisition and analysis with an emphasis on participation in faculty research projects. Use of the telescope and CCD photometer and appropriate techniques of data reduction and analysis will form the major content of the course. The course will culminate in the presentation of a research project. Students will be required to conduct evening research at The King's University Observatory or other suitable facilities.

Prerequisites: ASTR 211, MATH 205, PHYS 243 or PHYS 205
REQUIRED TEXTS: Astronomical Photometry, Henden and Kaitchuck (Chps 1-5, 10)
CCD Astronomy, Christian Buil
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation10%
Project90%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:

This course is intended to provide you with first-hand experience in collecting, reducing, and analyzing data in a genuine research setting. The course is project based with no formal exams or assignments. The principal expectation is that you will produce a research project of potentially publishable quality and that you will prepare either a poster presentation, public talk or both describing your work.

"Seminar" Discussions

Our weekly meeting will give us an opportunity to:

  • share status of our respective research projects
  • comment or reflect on readings
  • ask about particular points concerning CCD or photometry related techniques.


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