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Spring 2016

ASTRONOMY 5610 (formerly ASTR 551): ASSIGNMENTS


January 21, 2016

January 28, 2016

February 4, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 4.1.
  • Homework Problem Set #2.

February 11, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 2.1, 2.2.1.
  • Homework Problem Set #3.

February 18, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 2.2.2, 2.3, 2.5, and 3.3.
    • Make sure to review those parts of the lecture notes that were repeated from ASTR5110, and skipped over in class time this semester. Some of this material is needed to do the homeworks.
  • Homework Problem Set #4.

February 25, 2016

  • Because I am gone next week, no lecture next Tuesday. That lecture will happen tomorrow, 3:30 PM instead.
  • MIDTERM: Classtime, Thursday March 3. Material covered:
    • Lecture material up to and including "Chemical Abundance Effects on Spectral Energy Distributions".
    • All assigned readings, including Binney & Merrifield Sections 3.3-3.5 assigned below, but NOT Sections 3.1-3.2 or Sections 5.1-5.2 for now (though you might look at Section 5.1.5, Box 5.4 and Section 5.2, which contains material covered in lecture).
    • Homeworks AND solution keys up to and including HW#4 (make sure to read MY solutions, because I include extra pedagogical information in those solution keys).
  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1, 3.2. (This material I am not going to cover in class, but I expect you to cover it on your own. Since it is essentially a reworking of Kepler's 3rd Law, it should not be too difficult for you). You will need this material to do homework assignments.
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.4, 3.5 (might as well reread 3.3 in sequence, especially if you haven't read it yet!).
    • Spring Break reading suggestion: I strongly urge you to start reading Binney & Merrifield, Sections 5.1, 5.2, which will be assigned later but are rather long, so helpful to get a start now. If you are really ambitious, you could read all of chapters 5 and 6...
  • Homework Problem Set #5.

March 3, 2016

  • Midterm, while I am away.

March 17, 2016

  • Reading:
    • By now you should have read all of Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.1-3.5.
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1 (warning, this is a long, but very important section to read).
    • Please note that I have already discussed material in Section 5.2 in class and in notes. Although we will not formally address all of the material in this section until later, you might skim this relatively shorter section now to refresh your memory on things I've said about the different kinds of nuclides and their association with different types of supernovae.
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6.
  • Homework Problem Set #7 (I will not be giving you HW#6 this year).

March 24, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6 (and finish Section 5.1 if you haven't already).
  • Homework Problem Set #7 (due March 31).

March 31, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Keep reading Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 6 (especially Section 6.2, since I may have to skip formal presentation on open clusters, but will be giving a homework assignment involving open clusters).
  • Note: Homework Problem Set #8 deadline extended to **FRIDAY**, April 1, 2016: 5 PM).
  • Homework Problem Set #9 (due **FRIDAY**, April 8, 2014: 5 PM).

April 7, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Sections 4.5, 10.5 and 10.7 (eventually we will read all of Chapter 10, so if you crave continuity, you might read 10.5-10.7, or just all of 10!).
    • Read ELS (1962) and the introduction and discussion sections of Searle & Zinn (1978). You need this to do the homework.
  • Homework Problem Set #10.
  • For the last homework of the semester (in 2 weeks), I will be asking you to work in small groups to do a mini-project using APOGEE and/or APOGEE-2 data. You might start familiarizing yourself with what the database is like. Here are websites describing the survey and data: Note that two years ago some interesting new results were obtained by the students in this class, and some of these even inspired a Ph.D. thesis and published work! So don't be afraid to think boldly -- there is a LOT of unexplored territory to which APOGEE can be applied.

April 14, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Sections 3.6, 10.4-10.7.
  • You should meet with Nick and I by next Thursday to discuss your end of the semester poroject.

April 21, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Sections 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4.
  • Homework Problem Set #11.

April 28, 2016

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.7, 10.3 (the latter section contains key material, but unfortunately it looks like I won't get to cover a lot of it in lecture).
    • If you have not done so, read the rest of Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 10, especially Sections 10.4-10.7. This year, we will not get through all of this in lecture, but this information is important to know and I hope you will avail yourself of it.
  • You should be working on your final, APOGEE-based projects. We discussed having these done by May 6. I will see whether I can extend that deadline a little, but remember that I leave for Chile on that day. Any paper copies of the projects (which I prefer, but won't force you to do) need to be in my box by May 5, 5PM. After that I can only accept PDF files by email.

IGNORES BELOW HERE!

IGNORES BELOW HERE

April 20, 2010

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.4.
    • Recommended for the interested (some of the lecture notes taken from here): Renzini & Buzzoni (1986, in Spectral Evolution of Galaxies, eds. C. Chiosi & A. Renzini, D. Reidel Publishing, pp. 195-235.
  • Homework Problem Set #11.
  • Final Exam is Thursday, May 13, 9 AM - noon.

May 03

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 10.3-10.7.
  • Final Exam is Thursday, May 13, 9 AM - noon.

    Please do NOT ask other graduate students for old exams. I'll try to (maybe) give you some example questions in advance.

    I will try to have the grader have all relevant homeworks graded and back to you by next Monday.
  • I hope at some point to arrange a class picture (I forgot my camera today).
  • Have a great and PRODUCTIVE summer!

January 22

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 2.3, 3.3-3.5

January 30

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Chapter 5-5.1.9
    • Recommended: Wildey et al. (1962) article

February 14

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.1.10
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6

February 21

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 5.4.
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6
    • Recommended: Renzini & Buzzoni (1986, in Spectral Evolution of Galaxies, eds. C. Chiosi & A. Renzini, D. Reidel Publishing, pp. 195-235.

March 10

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield, Section 3.7.
    • Start reading B&M Chapter 6

March 17

  • Reading:
    • B&M Chapter 6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 1.2
    • Suggested supplementary reading: Carney's article in SAAS-FE Advanced Course #28, Star Clusters, by Carney & Harris, Springer c. 2001. Also, Elson's article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands Thing)

March 25

  • Reading:
    • Please read Searle & Zinn (1978, ApJ, 225, 357).
    • B&M Chapter 6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 1.2

April 8

  • Reading:
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 3-3.3.2
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading relevant section of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.

April 15

  • Reading:
    • Binney & Merrifield Section 5.3 and 10.7.2
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 3-3.3.2
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading other relevant sections of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.

April 24

  • Reading:
    • Relevant material in Binney & Merrifield Sections 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.6, 7.2.1, 10.4.3 and 10.6.
    • Majewski article in Globular Clusters (Canary Islands), Section 2.
    • This material is discussed also in Majewski ARAA Article, Section 3.
    • You might want to start reading other relevant sections of Binney & Merrifield Chapter 10.


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